Tim Banfield Appointed Executive Director of Doncaster Racecourse


Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is delighted to announce Tim Banfield has been appointed Executive Director of Doncaster Racecourse.

Tim takes over from Kieran Gallagher who becomes ARC’s Catering and Events Director.  Kieran will oversee the food and beverages served to customers across ARC racecourses, as well as supporting the development of major events across the Group.

Tim joins ARC from the ACC Liverpool Group where he was Commercial Director for the last five years having joined the company as General Manager to open the Echo Arena in 2008.  Before that Tim has worked at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and the NEC Birmingham.

Tim said: “I am really pleased to join ARC and lead the team at Doncaster Racecourse. As a sports fan it is exciting to be working in horseracing which is a great sport and a fantastic day out. Doncaster Racecourse has a wonderful history and heritage and I am really looking forward to continuing to grow and develop the business in the years ahead.”

ARC Director of Operations Mark Spincer said: “We are delighted to welcome Tim to the team. With his years of experience I think he has the skills and qualities to lead the team at Doncaster, one of our flagship racecourses.  It’s also great news that Kieran Gallagher will remain a central part of the operations team and utilise his skills in overseeing our catering offering to customers across our racecourses.”



ARC and Sun Bets introduce Northern Stayers Series

Arena Racing Company is delighted to announce a new series of races that is designed to support grassroots jump racing in the North of England.

The Sun Bets Northern Stayers Series will consist of eleven qualifiers across ARC’s Northern jump racecourses with a final, worth £20,000, which will take place at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday 18 March 2017.  The race programme has been framed to benefit young horses, specifically Novice Hurdlers who would be looking to race over 2m 3f and further.

The first race of the series took place at Sedgefield Racecourse on 27 October, the Sun Bets Novices’ Hurdle at 2.30pm, which has been well supported by Northern trainers and won by Ballycrystal who previous won at Doncaster on 24th February 2016.  In 2016, the series will continue with races at Doncaster on 25 November, Uttoxeter on 28 October and 31 December and Newcastle on 8 December.  The 2017 programme, leading to the Final on 18 March will be confirmed in due course.


All horses that take part in a qualifier will be eligible to run in the Final.

ARC Regional Clerk of Course for the North, Roderick Duncan said, “We’re delighted to have been able to work with Sun Bets and BHA to frame this series to support the Northern Jumping scene.

“The Sun Bets Northern Stayers Series will culminate in a nice prize pot at Newcastle in March, so we are hopeful that we’ll find some nice staying hurdlers lining up at ARC’s Northern racecourses over the coming months.”

Head of PR for Sun Bets, Tim Reynolds said, “The Northern Stayers series is a really exciting initiative and one which we’re proud to be associated with. It gives us the perfect platform to promote the Sun Bets name, shout about our passion for horse racing and demonstrate the benefits of being an Authorised Betting Partner of British Racing”

Another Memorable Year at Town Moor

The Betfred November Handicap on 5th November, the last big race of the British Flat season, brings down the curtain on another memorable year on Town Moor writes At The Races presenter Simon Mapletoft. The highlight was most definitely the fairytale victory of outsider HARBOUR LAW in the world’s oldest Classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger in September. Harbour Law, from a small stable in Epsom, proved that David could indeed conquer Goliath when gunning down his better fancied contenders for an emotional Laura Mongan. The colt stays in training next year with the Ascot Gold Cup and the Group Two Doncaster Cup high on his agenda.

Yorkshireman William Haggas loves to saddle big winners in his home county and the Newmarket trainer pulled off a rare double when RIVET – co-owned by the legendary Lester Piggott – completed the Champagne Stakes and Racing Post Trophy double. Italian ace Andrea Atzeni secured a remarkable fourth consecutive win in the latter, the season’s final domestic Group One, to set up Rivet for a crack at next spring’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas.
Whilst his success in the Champagne Stakes was one highlight of the St Leger Festival,
SHEIKHZAYEDROAD produced another by clawing a dramatic victory in the 250th running of the Doncaster Cup. David Simcock’s globetrotter got up late to deny the front-running Quest For More and went on to pay a handsome compliment to the great race by adding the Champions’ Day stayers’ crown to his CV.

John Gosden and Frankie Dettori are no strangers to success on Town Moor, whether together or individually, and combined to land the Group Two Flying Childers Stakes with the resurgent Royal Ascot winner ARDAD. That form also turned out to be of high quality as runner-up The Last Lion, who began his long campaign by winning the Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster in the spring, went on to land the Group One Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

However, there was no more popular a winner than Ralph Beckett’s SIMPLE VERSE who powered home in the Fillies’ St Leger, the Group Two Park Hill Stakes, to supplement her victory in last season’s Ladbrokes St Leger when she became the first filly to win the race since User Friendly in 1992. Simple Verse also gave the Doncaster form a boost when she finished a highly respectable third to Sheikhzayedroad on Champions’ Day.

As is tradition, the British Flat Season got underway with the Betway Lincoln Handicap in early April which went to Godolphin’s SECRET BRIEF. Charlie Appleby’s four-year-old wasn’t able to build on that success in two subsequent starts but runner-up BRAVO ZOLO proved a great advertisement for the race, winning a Listed race at Chantilly in October.
The Listed Cammidge Trophy on the opening day was won by subsequent Curragh Group Two winner MOBSTA, with tonight’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint contender SUEDOIS second for David O’Meara en route to a series of big runs at the highest level in the Diamond Jubilee, July Cup and Haydock’s Group One dash.

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Sun Bets – Fancy a Flutter?


It’s time for a fresh face on the racing scene and here at Sun Bets we have assembled a top tipping stable.

The Sun’s top man Templegate will be on hand to bang in the winners, with ITV’s new star signing Matt Chapman weighing in with his fair share of expert tips and advice.

We’ve taken a different approach to most bookies – offering punters a host of top offers with a cheeky slice of The Sun’s trademark banter thrown in for good measure!

We are best odds guaranteed on all UK and Irish horse racing – meaning if you back a winner at a price shorter than the SP, you’ll still be paid out at the bigger odds.

Not done there, here at Sun Bets we will be backing our chat and offering industry top price on any horse selected by Templegate in a live Channel 4 race.

Not signed up yet? We will be giving new customers a £10 free bet when they bet their first fiver on any market*.

So if you’re ready to join our stable and get stuck into the action, Sun Bets can’t wait to have you on board.

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History in the making at Doncaster Racecourse


This September, Doncaster Racecourse will be celebrating an extraordinary milestone in the history of horseracing.  On Friday 9th September at 3.40pm the racing industry and visitors alike will be poised ready to watch the world’s oldest classic horse race, as this year celebrates the Doncaster Cup’s 250th anniversary.

“This is such a momentous occasion and one that will be celebrated the world over,” said Abby Chandler, Marketing Manager at Doncaster Racecourse.  “In order to mark this incredible milestone we have commissioned Christopher Perry, a Sheffield born silversmith to create a striking trophy that depicts the historic importance of this race yet symoblises horse racing in a modern era.”

The gilt gold trophy pays homage to its origin as the Gold Cup.  Its grandiose goblet shape is born from a Yorkshire Rose base that encircles the stem and culminates in a smooth gilt gold circular chalice designed by Christopher and his colleague Christopher Knight, the lead designer and manufacturer of the St. Leger Stakes Perpetual Trophy.

“The Doncaster Cup is a fantastic commission for us.  Being from Yorkshire and already having worked with Doncaster Racecourse on a previous project we were delighted to be given this important assignment to design a whole new cup in celebration of the races’ 250th anniversary,” said Christopher Perry.

“The design was created with a strong Yorkshire theme in mind, wherever this cup ends up, whether it adorns a trophy cabinet in the Far East or a stable yard in Ireland we want people to instantly recognise where this cup was won and in what great race,” concluded Christopher.

Originally called the Doncaster Gold Cup and run over four miles, the race took place at Cantley Common until moving to Town Moor in 1776. Today the best staying thoroughbreds in Britain and Ireland compete over two and a quarter miles on the Friday of the St Leger Festival.

The most celebrated winner in the modern era is Mark Johnston’s popular chestnut Double Trigger, whose victory in 1995 saw him complete the stayers’ triple crown – the Ascot Gold Cup, the Goodwood Cup and, of course, the Doncaster Cup. Trigger’s three wins are commemorated by a bronze statue adjacent to the racecourse’s main grandstand.

Abby continued: “We are really excited to be celebrating this remarkable milestone in the history of not only Doncaster Racecourse but the world wide racing industry.  We are also delighted the town is getting behind the celebration with an exclusive exhibition at the Doncaster Museum which will display artefacts from racing over the past 250 years along with our own mini exhibition here, collated by Simon Mapletopft, which will pay tribute to the great horses that have graced this historic race, as well as the most successful trainers and jockeys and colourful owners associated with it through the past two and a half centuries.”

The new Doncaster Cup trophy will be officially presented by both Christophers at the Decloration Lunch at the Landmark Hotel in London on Monday 5th September, which is attended by the British Racing Authority, owners and trainers of horses set to run in the iconic race.

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The Doncaster Cup race will form part of a full card on Gentlemen’s Day, Friday 9th September – the third day of the iconic St Leger Festival. The first race of seven will take place at 13.55pm. Doors open at 11am.

Family Fun at the Ladbrokes St. Leger Festival


The Ladbrokes St.Leger Festival from 7 – 10 September has something for all the family.

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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