LEGER: Going good to soft at Doncaster

Mark Spincer
Mark Spincer

The going at Doncaster, where the four-day St Leger Festival starts on Wednesday, is good to soft.

This follows 14 millimetres of rain on Saturday.

Mark Spincer, managing director of Doncaster Racecourse, said today: “Hopefully, we will start on Wednesday with good to soft and end up on Saturday with good ground.

“We have fabulous entries going forward for the Ladbrokes St Leger and we are very excited.

“It looks like being a very competitive race. We had more rain on Saturday than forecast but the clerk of the course was delighted as this means there will be no more watering.

“The forecast is for warm weather today, with temperatures of between 16 and 20 degrees during the rest of the week.

“Last year we had a record crowd of 60,000 over the four days and I would like to think we will come very close to that. Sales have been mad for the last few days - we have been open for the last five weekends to take bookings.

“There will be availability on Saturday - the Grandstand normally sells out about 90 minutes after the gates open while the Family Enclosure never quite gets full.

“I will be disappointed if we don’t get to the 30,000-mark on Saturday, while sales for the other three days are going well.”