It was a brilliant day of racing at Doncaster on Saturday afternoon as the human champions of the 2013 Flat season were honoured and presented with their trophies. Richard Hughes retained his status as Champion Jockey.
Hughes rode over 200 winners during the season and colleced his first Classics aboard Sky Lantern in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, together with an Epsom Oaks triumph aboard Talent for Ralph Beckett.
Leading Lady Jockey was once again Hayley Turner, despite missing the final two months of the season after a nasty fall at Doncaster during the Leger Festival aboard Seal Of Approval; a subsequent winner on subsequent Champions’ Day.
As for Champion Apprentice rider, that went to a jockey who sprung to prominence with wins here at Doncaster aboard Mr Snoozy earlier this summer - none other than Jason Hart.
He has ridden 51 winners this season, most of them in the north, and he is certainly a jockey to continue following, especially as he is going to try and retain his claim for next season.
As for the action on the track, it was the Betfred November Handicap which was the feature race of the day, and it went the way of Conduct for William Haggas in impressive style.
Ridden by former champion Seb Sanders, the gelding was held up before making a big move just after halfway and was ridden clear. Despite hanging, Conduct won by five lengths with plenty in the locker.
He has been plagued by injury problems but clearly retains plenty of ability.
There were two horses returning to win on Saturday that also won at the opening Flat turf card of the season here at the end of March: Jack Dexter, a popular winner for Jim Goldie, and Levitate - the big-priced William Hill Lincoln winner from earlier in the season.
The pair both justified favouritism to score well. The latter was ridden by Oisin Murphy, an eighteen-year-old who has had a very good first season and looks a confident bet to be next season’s champion apprentice as his boss Andrew Balding has helped preserve his claim so he can go for that title in 2014.
Doncaster’s National Hunt season kicks off on November 29, before we head into a duo of Christmas Fixtures. Our New Year’s raceday, Sunday December 29, is the third meeting back over the jumps during the festive period.
The raceday is always one of the most popular National Hunt racing fixtures we host during the season, attracting guests from all over the country to enjoy some festive fun during the holidays.
Town Moor is the perfect place to get your New Year celebrations off to a bang early!