England starlet pops in en-Root to Ashes glory

Sheffield born cricket star Joe Root (centre) left crowds at Doncaster Racecourse bowled over after attending a popular mid-week fixture.
Sheffield born cricket star Joe Root (centre) left crowds at Doncaster Racecourse bowled over after attending a popular mid-week fixture.

The second instalment of Doncaster Racecourse’s all-new promotional racenights - ‘South Yorkshire Day’ - proved a real success with a great number of local residents taking up the exclusive discounted entry.

Even England cricket sensation Joe Root paid Town Moor a visit, presenting the prize to the owners of winning filly, Shesastar, in the 7:50pm Sky Bet Supporting Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival Fillies’ Handicap, before enjoying the remainder of the evening of racing.

It was especially fitting to have a famous Yorkshire sportsman in attendance during the Go Racing in Yorkshire Festival.

The racenight received a host of good entries, with some top jockeys riding; and one of them in particular, Silvestre De Sousa, was in top form recording a treble.

The first of them came in the opening contest, a mile maiden race, aboard Life Partner for his retainer Godolphin.

The colt by Cape Cross ran a nice race here on debut, and despite racing very keen through the early stages and pulling his way to the front, he stayed on well to win by two-and-a-half lengths.

He had to wait a little while for his next winner, which came in the feature race aboard the previously-mentioned Shesastar.

The filly was a little-way detached from the other runners to halfway, before becoming the first horse off the bridle in an attempt to close in - and she certainly responded willingly on the far side, to get up by half a length.

It was a similar story with his third winner, Ikhtisas, again for the Godolphin team.

Yet again, he found himself a long way back with half a mile to go, but with a withering late run, reeled back long-time leader Gioia Di Vita right near the line.

All three rides showed why Silvestre, or SDS as he is known in the weighing room, gets so many top quality rides now for Godolphin and other stables, because he is tactically adept.

Jockey Jimmy Quinn rode a double on the card as well, riding Clubland for local trainer Roy Bowring.

The colt travelled supremely well and looked the winner from some way out. Jimmy’s second winner came in the shape of Royal Guinevere for in form-trainer Dean Ivory, the trainer being on a steep upward curve.

We’re welcoming top pop band Scouting For Girls back to the racecourse on Saturday for our next raceday, August 3.

Gates open at 12 noon, with racing kicking off at 2.25pm. Tickets are still available – please see our website for more details.

To book tickets go to the website, www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk, or call 01302 304 200 between 8am-6pm.