Win £1,000 Personal Shopper Experience at Robinsons of Bawtry

The Ladbrokes St Leger Festival is one of the year’s most anticipated events and it’s never too early to start planning an outfit that’ll make you feel a million dollars.

Ladies and Gents designer fashion boutique Robinsons of Bawtry have teamed up with Doncaster Racecourse to offer one lucky person the chance to win a fabulous prize at this year’s iconic 4 day Festival.  Every customer who makes a purchase at Robinsons of Bawtry  between 1st – 31st August 2016 will be entered into a prize draw to win two County tickets to Gentleman’s Day on Friday 9th September 2016 including lunch in The Old Weighing Room Restaurant & Bar plus a fantastic £1,000 Personal Shopping Experience at Robinsons of Bawtry.

Robinsons of Bawtry, who are celebrating 30 years in business this year, are  official stockists of Armani, Hugo Boss, Eton Shirts, Jeffery West, Jacob CohenMulberry, Moschino, Michael KorsRalph Lauren, True Religion, Versace, Wolford and many more top designer brands. And with a  range of over 50 styles of gents suits & jackets in sizes 38″ Slim to 48″ Classic in store (with bigger sizes to order) they have something to suit all tastes and sizes.

So to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize pop into Robinsons of Bawtry today and let them help you find the perfect look for this year’s Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.

  • The competition winner will be drawn and notified on the  1stSeptember 2016 and the voucher for the Personal Shopping experience at Robinsons of Bawtry will be presented on Gentleman’s Day.

Robinsons of Bawtry, 2 South Parade, Bawtry, Doncaster DN10 6JH Tel: 01302 711477 www.robinsonsofbawtry.com Open 7 days Mon-Sat 9.30 am – 5.30 pm, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm

 Terms and Conditions:-

The £1,000 Personal Shopping Experience prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative can be given, it cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. The prize must be redeemed within 14 days of the competition closing date. The prize must be claimed in store only at 2 South Parade, Bawtry, DN10 6JH. The prize can only be used to purchase items at full original prices and cannot be used on ‘sale’ or discounted goods. Exclusions apply. Over 18’s only. Winner must agree to have their picture taken and allow us to use this in future promotional materials.

 

2015 Best dressed lady shares ‘amazing experience’

 

Doncaster’s Best Dressed Lady from the St Leger DFS Ladies Day 2015, Kirsty Booth, shares with us memories from her iconic win and its been quite a year!

Kirsty was crowned ‘Best Dressed Lady’ for her striking monochrome outfit which was purchased from ‘Unique’, a boutique in the Doncaster village of Sprotbrough. It was accessorised with a handbag from Karen Millen and the stunning hatinator was made by Kirsty herself  – the first one she had ever done!

Kirsty, 26, who is an assistant manager at a nail bar and skin clinic in Wakefield calls Doncaster home and has recently put down roots with her partner in Doncaster – within walking distance to the races!

Perhaps the highlight of all the amazing prizes she won was a trip to New York, somewhere that Kirsty had always dreamt of going to. So in May this year Kirsty along with her partner, of 12 years, visited the ‘Big Apple’ where he dropped to one knee in Central Park and proposed. Thankfully Kirsty accepted and was then whisked off to Tiffany to choose her ring!

“New York is a simply amazing place and made even more special with my marriage proposal,” said Kirsty. “We visited all the sites, ticking all our boxes, and I still can’t believe this was part of the prize I won just for wearing what I felt lovely in at Ladies Day.”

Kirsty is an annual member at Doncaster Racecourse and visits as many times as possible. She will be attending each day of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger festival and had the following advice to other ladies who may hope to scoop the winners crown this year.

“I never expected to win and certainly didn’t go with that aim when I selected my outfit, but if I could offer one tip it would be to wear something you love and feel confident in,” said Kirsty. “Winning was a definite bonus but I would have had a great day anyway. I was so lucky to get picked from thousands of ladies who all looked amazing.”

BDL and Frankie

Ladies Day forms part of the classic Ladbrokes St Leger Festival which takes place at Doncaster Racecourse each September. The ultimate in glitz and glamour, it is one of South Yorkshire’s biggest social occasions that will attract an array of fine fillies hoping to secure the DFS Best Dressed Lady crown, with the furniture company supplying the main prize for the competition. The winner of the coveted title will then go on to represent Doncaster Racecourse in the final of Yorkshire’s Best Dressed Lady 2016 – to be held at Doncaster’s very own Racing Post Trophy meeting.

Kirsty concluded; “I’ve loved every minute of using all of many fab prizes and would love to have that opportunity again! But, I know as the new face of DFS Ladies Day  I will enjoy Doncaster this year no matter what and wish all the other female race goers lots of success in claiming this year’s prize.”

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This year’s Ladbrokes St Leger Festival commences on Wednesday 7th September, DFS Ladies Day on Thursday 8th, Gentleman’s Day featuring the Doncaster Cup on Friday 9th and Ladbrokes Leger Day featuring the world’s oldest classic horse race the St Leger stakes on Saturday 10th.

To book tickets call 01302 304200 or visit the website www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk

The Crown Hotel, Bawtry hosts Ladbrokes St. Leger Preview Dinner

Come and get saddled up at The Crown Hotel, Bawtry ahead of the Ladbrokes St. Leger Festival and get insider information and tips from our racing experts for the best week of racing on Doncaster’s calendar.

Held on Tuesday 6th September, our panel of experts include;

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Natalie Kerry – Go Racing in Yorkshire

David Williams – Ladbrokes

Simon Mapletoft – ATR

Roger Hart – Doncaster Racecourse Tipster

The evening starts at 7pm with prosecco and canapes followed by dinner at 7.30pm. The Leger preview starts at 9pm followed by a charity auction and disco. The event finishes at 1pm. The dress code is Black Tie & Evening gowns.

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High-class entry for Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes at Doncaster

J5832-DON-Blog-Header-Banner-1280x300px BGA top-quality entry of 52 has been received for the £100,000 Group Two Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes on the fourth and final day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster, Saturday, September 10, details of which are revealed today.

Aidan O’Brien has yet to win the seven-furlong contest but Ireland’s champion Flat trainer has eight contenders this year including last season’s champion two-year-old Air Force Blue and Hit It A Bomb, successful in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland in October.

Other notable three-year-old entries in the 2016 Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes include G1 Coronation Stakes runner-up Nemoralia (Jeremy Noseda) and recent impressive Newmarket Listed winner Lumiere (Mark Johnston), who also took the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes last season.

First Selection (Simon Crisford) was second in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains, the French 2000 Guineas, at Deauville in May, while Nathra (John Gosden) filled the same position in the fillies’ equivalent, the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches.

Sir Michael Stoute has entered a pair of lightly-raced three-year-olds in Thikriyaat and Forge, who were second and third respectively in the G3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

The older generation includes the five-year-old Suedois (David O’Meara), who chased home last year’s Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes victor Limato in the G1 July Cup at Newmarket earlier this month.

Toormore (Richard Hannon) has gained four victories at G2 level and went down by a neck in last season’s G1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, while fellow Godolphin contenders Dutch Connection (Charlie Hills) and Home Of The Brave (Hugo Palmer) have both scored in G3 company.

Donjuan Triumphant captured the six-furlong G2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte on soft ground in France in October, 2015, and the Richard Fahey-trained three-year-old could step up in trip following two appearances over the same distance this season.

The Dream Ahead colt stayed on well to take second behind Quiet Reflection in the G2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock Park on May 28 but could only finish ninth behind the same horse in the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on June 17.

His owner, Middleham Park Racing, has another Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes entry to the Marco Botti-trained Naadirr, who finished fourth in last year’s race and was recently purchased by the syndicate manager alongside reigning All-Weather Champion Grendisar.

Five-year-old Naadirr ended his 2015 campaign with a creditable fifth behind Muhaarar in the G1 British Champions Sprint and has continued to race over shorter trips this season, most recently when coming home sixth behind Markaz (Owen Burrows) in the six-furlong G3 Chipchase Stakes on Tapeta at Newcastle on June 25.

Tom Palin of Middleham Park Racing commented: “Donjuan Triumphant has matured a bit in his races and has been looking like he would appreciate the step up to seven furlongs this season.

“He has come out of Royal Ascot OK and it might be the case that he bounced a touch after running well in the Sandy Lane Stakes. He is fighting fit and we have also given him an entry in the Prix Maurice de Gheest over six and a half furlongs (G1, Deauville, August 7).

“Soft ground is not the key to him, but he certainly seems to act on it better than most.

“Naadirr is a new recruit to us – Marco Botti wanted to enter the horse in this race before we purchased him and we were more than happy to go along with him.

“He was fourth in the race last year and also won the Cammidge Stakes at Doncaster at the start of last season, so we know that he goes well there. We might look at running him somewhere in the meantime, but we will leave it up to Marco.

“We were down at Newmarket and one of our owners, Pete Barker, who has a horse with Marco, heard that both Naadirr and Grendisar were for sale. They both passed the vet with flying colours and will now race for us.”

The feature race on Saturday, September 10 is the final British Classic of the year, the Ladbrokes St Leger, which has record prize money of £700,000.

As well as the Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes, there is another G2 race on the Ladbrokes St Leger Day card – the At The Races Champagne Stakes and entries for the seven-furlong race for two-year-olds close on Tuesday, July 26 and will be announced the following day.

The Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes

Group 2, £100,000 total prize fund.Saturday, September 10, 7f. For three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: three-year-old colts and geldings 9st, three-year-old fillies 8st 11lb; Four-year-old and up colts and geldings 9st 4lb, four-year old and up fillies and mares 9st 1lb. Penalties: after February 29, 2016, a winner of a G2 race 3lb, of a G1 race 5lb. Entries closed July 19, entries revealed July 20 (52 entries), scratchings deadline August 23, five-day confirmation & £50,000 supplementary stage September 5, final declarations September 8. Maximum field of 22.

Horse Age Owner Trainer
ADAAY (IRE) 4 Hamdan Al Maktoum William Haggas
AIR FORCE BLUE (USA) 3 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
AIR VICE MARSHAL (USA) 3 Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/JosephAllenLLC Aidan O’Brien IRE
ALWAYS SMILE (IRE) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
BESHARAH (IRE) 3 Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum William Haggas
BRAZOS (IRE) 5 Saeed Manana James Tate
BRETON ROCK (IRE) 6 John Cook David Simcock
BUCKSTAY (IRE) 6 Fitri Hay Peter Chapple-Hyam
BURATINO (IRE) 3 Godolphin Mark Johnston
CASTLE HARBOUR 3 Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing Limited John Gosden
CHARMING THOUGHT 4 Godolphin Charlie Appleby
CODE RED 4 Michelle Morgan William Muir
COUGAR MOUNTAIN (IRE) 5 Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Anne-Marie O’Brien Aidan O’Brien IRE
DICK WHITTINGTON (IRE) 4 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
DON’T TOUCH 4 Nicholas Wrigley & Kevin Hart Richard Fahey
DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT (IRE) 3 Middleham Park Racing LXXXVII Richard Fahey
DRAGON MALL (USA) 3 Mohammed Jaber David Simcock
DREAM DUBAI 3 Malih L Al Basti Sylvester Kirk
DUTCH CONNECTION 4 Godolphin Charles Hills
FAYDHAN (USA) 4 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
FIRST SELECTION (SPA) 3 Abdulla Al Mansoori Simon Crisford
FLASH FIRE (IRE) 4 Godolphin Charlie Appleby
FORGE 3 Khalid Abdullah Sir Michael Stoute
GIFTED MASTER (IRE) 3 Dr Ali Ridha Hugo Palmer
HATHAL (USA) 4 Al Shaqab Racing William Haggas
HIT IT A BOMB (USA) 3 Evie Stockwell Aidan O’Brien IRE
HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) 4 Godolphin Hugo Palmer
IBN MALIK (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Charles Hills
JALLOTA 5 Fitri Hay Charles Hills
KENTUCKYCONNECTION (USA) 3 Woodcock Electrical Limited Bryan Smart
LATHARNACH (USA) 4 Godolphin Charlie Appleby
LIBRISA BREEZE 4 Tony Bloom Dean Ivory
LORD OF THE LAND (IRE) 5 George Turner David O’Meara
LUMIERE 3 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
MARKAZ (IRE) 4 Hamdan Al Maktoum Owen Burrows
MUWAARY 5 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
NAADIRR (IRE) 5 Middleham Park Racing XXX Marco Botti
NATHRA (IRE) 3 Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah John Gosden
NEMORALIA (USA) 3 T Allan, J Lovat & C Pigram Jeremy Noseda
OUTLAW COUNTRY (IRE) 4 Godolphin Charlie Appleby
PAINTED CLIFFS (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
QUEEN CATRINE (IRE) 5 QRL/Sheikh Suhaim Al Thani/M Al Kubaisi Ger Lyons IRE
RICHARD PANKHURST 4 Godolphin John Gosden
SO BELOVED 6 Sprint Thoroughbred Racing David O’Meara
SUEDOIS (FR) 5 George Turner David O’Meara
TASHWEEQ (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
TASLEET 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum William Haggas
THE HAPPY PRINCE (IRE) 4 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
THIKRIYAAT (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
TOORMORE (IRE) 5 Godolphin Richard Hannon
TUPI (IRE) 4 Michael Kerr-Dineen & Martin Hughes Richard Hannon
WASHINGTON DC (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE

52 entries

9 Irish-trained

About the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival

The four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival is the jewel in the crown of horse racing in Yorkshire and the showpiece of Doncaster’s social calendar. Racegoers enjoy a delightful blend of history, quality racing and live entertainment. The 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival takes place from Wednesday, September 7 through to Saturday, September 10 inclusive.

The famous Festival is one of the highlights of the Flat racing calendar. The crescendo builds to Saturday, when the flagship event – the Ladbrokes St Leger – takes centre-stage. First run in 1776, the Ladbrokes St Leger is the world’s oldest Classic and can boast a truly outstanding heritage. It is the last of the five British Classics to be run each year.

The four days of the Ladbrokes St Leger are Leger Legends Day (Wednesday, September 7), DFS Ladies Day (Thursday, September 8), Doncaster Cup Gentlemen’s Day (Friday, September 9) and Ladbrokes St Leger Day (Saturday, September 10).

For further details and to book tickets, please contact Doncaster Racecourse on 01302 304230 or go to www.doncaster-racececourse.co.uk

The dedicated Ladbrokes St Leger microsite can be found at www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/st-leger

Great 42-strong entry for record £700,000 Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster

The world oldest Classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger, will be run for the 240th time at 3.45pm on Saturday, September 10 at Doncaster, with this year’s renewal attracting a great entry of 42 (up from 29 in 2015), which is revealed today.

Boasting record total prize money of £700,000 (£650,000 last year), the Ladbrokes St Leger takes place over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards and is the highlight of the four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival from Wednesday, September 7 to Saturday, September 10 on Town Moor.

Ireland’s champion Flat trainer Aidan O’Brien is seeking his fifth Ladbrokes St Leger success and has a total of 16 entries, the most of any trainer. The Ballydoyle contingent includes Investec Derby second US Army Ranger (12/1 with Ladbrokes) and Idaho (4/1 favourite with Ladbrokes), who was third in the Epsom Downs Classic before going on to fill the runner-up position in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Also among the Ballydoyle hopefuls is Sword Fighter (12/1), who has already proved his stamina by landing both the two-mile Listed Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and the G2 Curragh Cup over a mile and three quarters. Bhutan (20/1), a Galileo colt who was impressive when beating stable companion Housesofparliament (16/1) by three lengths on his only start in a 10-furlong Leopardstown maiden on heavy ground in April, is another O’Brien-trained entry.

O’Brien captured an early trial for the Ladbrokes St Leger when Housesofparliament was successful in the 13-furlong G3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket on July 7, with Harrison (Mick Channon, 40/1) in third and Harbour View (Laura Mongan, 40/1) fourth.

There could also be a first British Classic runner for O’Brien’s son Joseph, who is in his rookie season as a trainer. O’Brien junior, who won the Ladbrokes St Leger as a jockey on Leading Light in 2013, has entered recent 14-furlong Leopardstown Listed scorer Arya Tara (20/1). The Dylan Thomas filly is owned by his mother Anne-Marie and ridden by his sister Ana.

Another filly with an entry is dual Classic-placed Harlequeen (33/1), trained by Mick Channon, who finished third in the Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs on June 3 and then took the same position in the Darley Irish Oaks on July 16.

Aidan O’Brien has also entered one his star fillies, Even Song (25/1), who was successful in the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot before disappointing in seventh when the odds-on favourite for the Darley Irish Oaks.

Newmarket-based John Gosden has a fine Ladbrokes St Leger record, gaining glory four times in the final of Britain’s five Classics. His pair of entries this year are Investec Derby fourth Wings Of Desire (12/1), who is set to contest the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 12 furlongs at Ascot on Saturday, and Muntahaa (12/1), third to Across The Stars (Sir Michael Stoute, 12/1) in the G2 King Edward VII Stakes, also run at a mile and a half, at Royal Ascot.

One trainer yet to saddle a runner in the Ladbrokes St Leger is Lambourn-based Harry Dunlop. His father John trained the winner of the final Classic three times, most recently with Millenary in 2000.

Dunlop is considering the Ladbrokes St Leger for his stable star Robin Of Navan (25/1), who landed the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud in 2015.

The French-bred colt returned to action this year when a staying-on second to old adversary Cloth Of Stars in the 10-furlong Group Two Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud on May 8, but has been on the sidelines since picking up an injury in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) over an extended 10 furlongs on June 5.

Dunlop commented: “I felt that we should give Robin Of Navan an entry in the Ladbrokes St Leger because it is the final Classic of the season and it would be lovely to build him up towards the race.

“He sustained an injury in the Prix du Jockey Club, which we think he may have done in the parade before the race when he whipped round as they were playing music.

“He pulled a ligament but it seems to be all good now and we are just quietly getting him back going again.

“He is back in normal work and is making good progress. We are going to see how he goes and we could look at running him beforehand, possibly in France again.

“The Ladbrokes St Leger is a big target to aim at, providing he is ready in time.

“We honestly thought that he was going best of anything in the Prix du Jockey Club and then he suddenly lost his action. We had beaten Apilobar, who was fifth, quite nicely in the Prix Greffulhe and I think Robin Of Navan had every right to be in the first three.

“He doesn’t need soft ground and is pretty versatile. It was actually good to firm in the Prix Greffulhe – it was very hot weather and the time was quick for a French race – and genuine good ground is fine for him. The main thing is that he likes a strongly-run race.

“He won us an absolute fortune last year and ran a super race in the Prix Greffulhe. It would be lovely to get him back for the latter part of the season, but if we have to wait until next year with him, so be it.”

Dunlop’s brother Ed also has a Ladbrokes St Leger entry – Red Verdon (12/1), who was last seen out when the excellent runner-up in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris at Saint-Cloud on July 14, a neck ahead of Cloth Of Stars.

Other eye-catching entries include Algometer (David Simcock, 16/1), successful in the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood in May, and the French-trained Shalakar (Mikel Delzangles, 25/1), winner of a 15-furlong Chantilly conditions race last week.

Godolphin, successful in the Ladbrokes St Leger six times, has two entries this year with Prize Money (Saeed bin Suroor, 40/1) and Twilight Payment (33/1 Jim Bolger).

Doncaster Racecourse Clerk of the Course, Roderick Duncan, reacted to the bountiful entries.

He said: “We are delighted with the number of entries for the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger and are equally pleased to see top-quality horses from major yards across Britain, Ireland and France entered.  2016 should be a fantastic renewal of the world’s oldest Classic.”

Ladbrokes St Leger, Ladbrokes bet: 4/1 Idaho; 12/1 Across The Stars, Muntahaa, Red Verdon, Sword Fighter, US Army Ranger, Wings Of Desire; 16/1 Algometer, Housesofparliament; 20/1 Arya Tara, Bhutan; 25/1 Even Song, Kellstorm, Robin Of Navan, Shalakar; 33/1 Earring, Harlequeen, Humphrey Bogart, Imperial Aviator,  Marmelo, Nezwaah, Twilight Payment, Ventura Storm; 40/1 Harbour Law, Harrison, Ormito, Pretty Perfect, Prize Money, Somehow; 50/1 Best In The World, Corinthian, Knights Table, The Major General; 66/1 Cole Porter, Cook Islands, Crimean Tatar, Emperor Napoleon, Goldmember, The Tartan Spartan, To Be Wild, Triplicate, Unicorn

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The Ladbrokes St Leger

Group 1, £700,000 total prize fund. Doncaster, 3.45pmSaturday, September 10, 1m 6f 132y. For three-year-olds only, entire colts (9st 1lb) and fillies (8st 12lb). Entries closed July 19, entries revealed July 20 (42 entries), scratchings deadline August 23, five-day confirmation & £50,000 supplementary stage September 5, final declarations September 8. Maximum field of 20.

Horse Age Owner Trainer
ACROSS THE STARS (IRE) 3 Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
ALGOMETER 3 Kirsten Rausing David Simcock
ARYA TARA (IRE) 3 Anne-Marie O’Brien Joseph O’Brien IRE
BEST IN THE WORLD (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
BHUTAN (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
COLE PORTER (IRE) 3 Triermore Stud/Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
COOK ISLANDS (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
CORINTHIAN 3 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Gladstone) Roger Varian
CRIMEAN TATAR (TUR) 3 V I Araci Hugo Palmer
EARRING (USA) 3 Derrick Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
EMPEROR NAPOLEON 3 The Napoleon Partnership Andrew Balding
EVEN SONG (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
GOLDMEMBER 3 Qatar Racing Limited David Simcock
HARBOUR LAW 3 Jackie Cornwell Laura Mongan
HARLEQUEEN 3 Suzanne Brandt Mick Channon
HARRISON 3 Tim Radford Mick Channon
HOUSESOFPARLIAMENT (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
HUMPHREY BOGART (IRE) 3 Chelsea Thoroughbreds – Saint Tropez Richard Hannon
IDAHO (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
IMPERIAL AVIATOR 3 Qatar Racing, D Hunt, & Mrs E Markham Roger Charlton
KELLSTORM (IRE) 3 Teo Ah Khing/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
KNIGHTS TABLE 3 Saeed Manana James Tate
MARMELO 3 The Fairy Story Partnership Hughie Morrison
MUNTAHAA (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
NEZWAAH 3 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Roger Varian
ORMITO (GER) 3 Richard Morecombe & Lynda Ramsden Andrew Balding
PRETTY PERFECT (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
PRIZE MONEY 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
RED VERDON (USA) 3 The Hon R J Arculli Ed Dunlop
ROBIN OF NAVAN (FR) 3 Cross, Deal, Foden, Sieff Harry Dunlop
SHALAKAR (FR) 3 H H Aga Khan Mikel Delzangles FR
SOMEHOW (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
SWORD FIGHTER (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
THE MAJOR GENERAL (IRE) 3 Magnier/Tabor/Smith/Jooste/Kantor Aidan O’Brien IRE
THE TARTAN SPARTAN (IRE) 3 Thistle Bloodstock Limited Pat Shanahan IRE
TO BE WILD (IRE) 3 Carmichael Jennings Hugo Palmer
TRIPLICATE (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) 3 Godolphin Jim Bolger IRE
UNICORN (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
US ARMY RANGER (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
VENTURA STORM (IRE) 3 Middleham Park Racing LXXII Richard Hannon
WINGS OF DESIRE 3 Lady Bamford John Gosden

42 entries

19 Irish-trained

1 French-trained

 Breakdown of entries by trainer with past successes in the Ladbrokes St Leger

16 entries

Aidan O’Brien IRE (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light)

Best In The World, Bhutan, Cole Porter, Cook Islands, Earring, Even Song, Housesofparliament, Idaho, Kellstorm, Pretty Perfect, Somehow, Sword Fighter, The Major General, Triplicate, Unicorn, US Army Ranger

2 entries

Andrew Balding

Emperor Napoleon, Ormito

 Mick Channon

Harlequeen, Harrison

 John Gosden (1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno, 2010 Arctic Cosmos, 2011 Masked Marvel)

Muntahaa, Wings of Desire

 Richard Hannon

Humphrey Bogart, Ventura Storm

 Hugo Palmer

Crimean Tatar, To Be Wild

David Simcock

Algometer, Goldmember

Roger Varian (2014 Kingston Hill)

Corinthian, Nezwaah

 1 entry

Jim Bolger IRE

Twilight Payment

 Roger Charlton

Imperial Aviator

 Mikel Delzangles FR

Shalakar

 Ed Dunlop

Red Verdon

 Harry Dunlop

Robin Of Navan

Laura Mongan

Harbour Law

Hughie Morrison

Marmelo

 Joseph O’Brien IRE

Arya Tara

 Pat Shanahan IRE

The Tartan Spartan

 Sir Michael Stoute (2008 Conduit)

Across The Stars

 Saeed bin Suroor (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq, 2004 Rule of Law, 2009 Mastery)

Prize Money

 James Tate

Knights Table

About the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival

The four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival is the jewel in the crown of horse racing in Yorkshire and the showpiece of Doncaster’s social calendar. Racegoers enjoy a delightful blend of history, quality racing and live entertainment. The 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival takes place from Wednesday, September 7 through to Saturday, September 10 inclusive.

The famous Festival is one of the highlights of the Flat racing calendar. The crescendo builds to Saturday, when the flagship event – the Ladbrokes St Leger – takes centre-stage. First run in 1776, the Ladbrokes St Leger is the world’s oldest Classic and can boast a truly outstanding heritage. It is the last of the five British Classics to be run each year.

The four days of the Ladbrokes St Leger are Leger Legends Day (Wednesday, September 7), DFS Ladies Day (Thursday, September 8), Doncaster Cup Gentlemen’s Day (Friday, September 9) and Ladbrokes St Leger Day (Saturday, September 10).

For further details and to book tickets, please contact Doncaster Racecourse on 01302 304230 or go to www.doncaster-racececourse.co.uk

The dedicated Ladbrokes St Leger microsite can be found at www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/st-leger

Kids Go Racing Free!

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There aren’t many places that you can take the kids for free in the Summer holidays but horseracing is a great exception with under 18s getting in free at racecourses nationwide.

With plenty of venues and over 200 racing fixtures over the summer, a race meeting offers a unique kids day out where children can have their first taste of top-notch sporting action, get some fresh air and see the equine stars strut their stuff.

Eight Fun Things To Do on a Racecourse

 

1. Go to the pre-parade ring

Often a little quieter than the main parade ring, it allows you to have a really good look at the horses up close without their saddle on. A few things to look out for are :

  • Different colour of horses (grey, brown, bay, black, chestnut)
  • How calm and quiet a horse is.
  • Look at how the horses move

2. Pick your favourite horse

Before a race, pick your favourite horse and then follow it throughout the race. You might pick a horse because:

  • You like the look of the horse
  • You like the colour of the jockey silks
  • You like the name of the horse

Keep your eye on your horse as it goes down to the start, watch it as it goes into the stalls and then follow the horse throughout the race. If it ends up doing well, cheer it home!

3. Watch a race on the rail

Pick a spot on the rail somewhere in between the one furlong marker and the finishing line. This is the closest you can get to see these beautiful animals at full speed. Listen out for the thud of the hooves, especially when there are a lot of runners.

4. Visit the Winning Post

The winning post is the most important part of the racetrack and by getting close to it you can cheer the triumphant horse home. If it’s a close finish, you can also have a go at trying to decide which horse has won.

5. Go to the Winners’ Enclosure after a race

Here you can applaud the winning team and see the lucky owner, trainer and jockey receive their prizes.

6. Watch a race next to a jump

Many racecourses allow you to watch a race near a jump. They’re a great place to really appreciate the athleticism of the horse. See how far back the horse’s jump from and see how far they fly until they land. Look at the jockey’s and their body position in the air. Listen to the noise as they horse go over the fences.

7. Go to the start for the race

Some racecourses will run shuttle busses down to the start (or you can walk) so you can experience the other end of the race. See how fast the horses go from zero to full speed. Listen to the jockeys and the horse handlers to see how they calm the horses down before the start of the race.

8. Get a jockey’s autograph

Try and get some of your favourite jockeys’ autographs as a memento of the day. You can try and catch them as they make their way from the Weighing Room to the parade ring before their race.

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Racecourses across the country show their support for Stable Staff Week

Clock Tower Cup

Stable Staff Week runs from Monday 27th June – Saturday 2nd July, it celebrates the role of the unsung heroes of racing – the stable staff and all the other behind the scenes staff that play a vital role in the production of British Horseracing.

Racecourses with meetings during the week have proposed a range of initiatives to demonstrate their support of Stable Staff Week and give thanks to stable staff, whose role in caring for the 14,000 racehorses in training, is vital to the success of horseracing as a sport.

Jockey Club Racecourses are providing all grooms, travelling head lads and box drivers with a voucher for a free meal in their canteens throughout the week. This includes meetings at Kempton, Epsom Downs, Haydock Park, Sandown Park, Carlisle, Nottingham and Market Rasen.

All Arena Racing Company Racecourses are holding a free prize draw in the stable staff canteen to win a hamper at each track; this includes Windsor, Wolverhampton, Brighton, Chepstow, Bath, Worcester, Yarmouth and Doncaster. Furthermore, at Doncaster, the venue for the pinnacle of the week, the Betfair Clock Tower Cup stable staff charity race, every winning groom will receive a goody bag.

In Scotland, Perth Racecourse have timed the official opening of their Lodge Facility for stable staff to coincide with the week.  The Lodge will provide Perth’s travelling stable staff with quality accommodation and a canteen service in close proximity to the new stable yard on racedays in a magnificent timber-frame construction. Furthermore, Musselburgh Racecourse will be providing free food in the stable staff canteen, increased Best Turned Out prize money and Musselburgh bi-centenary glasses to winning grooms during their meeting on 27th June.

Pontefract Racecourse have incorporated a Racing Welfare ‘Lifetime in Racing’ award race into their card on Monday 27th. The race will recognise the incredible career of Rose Beattie who has worked in racing since 1969 and still continues part-time to this day.

In the South of the country, Newton Abbot racecourse will be doubling their Best Turned Out prizes to £100 for each winning groom as well as giving all staff who lead up a winner a commemorative jacket. Local Racing Welfare Welfare Officers will be attending on the day to meet staff. In Epsom, Racing Welfare staff will be in the stable staff canteen giving people the opportunity to meet new Epsom Welfare Officer Kathryn Ferguson. They will also be handing out bottles of water and cereal bars to staff at the trackside leading up at this evening music meeting.

Stratford Racecourse will be welcoming the EPDS Racing and Racing Welfare Best Turned Out series to their Tuesday 28th June Evening Meeting. The winning groom will take home a prize gilet, £50 and receive points towards the £1,000 end-of-year prize.

Caroline Davies, RCA Racecourse Services Director, said: “The RCA is delighted that so many racecourses have embraced Racing Welfare Stable Staff Week and are supporting it with some fantastic initiatives.

Without stable staff our sport simply wouldn’t exist and the whole week gives racecourses the ideal opportunity to promote the work of stable staff to their customers. This will offer racegoers a real insight into their work and daily routines, not only raising awareness but also hopefully inspiring the next generation of stable staff.”

Susannah Gill, Arena Racing Company Director of External Affairs said: “We are delighted to be supporting Stable Staff Week and really looking forward to hosting the the Betfair Clock Tower Cup which gives stable staff a unique chance to ride at Doncaster. We hope the whole day will help generate awareness of the amazing work stable staff do every day of the year while also raising funds for Racing Welfare.”

Paul Fisher, Group Managing Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “Stable staff are vital to horseracing in Britain. This army of dedicated staff provides tremendous care for our racehorses and it’s great that Racing Welfare is drawing attention to that this week.  Jockey Club Racecourses is very happy to recognise the contribution stable staff make to our sport.”

Dawn Goodfellow, Racing Welfare Chief Executive, said: “We are incredibly grateful to all of the racecourses, countrywide, who have offered their support to this exciting initiative. Stable Staff Week will not only help to give racegoers greater knowledge of the vital role of stable staff; it will also demonstrate to the staff who go racing just how much racecourses appreciate and acknowledge their effort”.