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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.

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History in the making at Doncaster Racecourse

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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

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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.

Read more at Great British Racing

New Partners Build On Doncaster Cup’s 250 Year History

Doncaster Racecourse is delighted to announce the 250th Doncaster Cup has new support for 2016. The Group 2 race which will be run next week on Friday 9 September, the third day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, has new official partners with four design development consultants supporting the historic race.

The Course Redevelopment team comprises of Arcadis, KKA Architecture, TRP Consulting and Troup Bywaters + Anders and they have all come on board as official partners of the two and a quarter mile race worth £100,000.  The four companies are all working with Doncaster Racecourse, Doncaster Council and other stakeholders on exciting plans to construct a new Hilton Hotel on the west side of the racecourse.

The Doncaster Cup was first staged in 1766, ten years before the running of the St Leger, the world’s old Classic.  Originally called the Doncaster Gold Cup and run over four miles, the race took place at Cantley Common until moving to Town Moor. Today the race sees some of the best staying thoroughbreds in Great Britain and Ireland compete as part of the Qipco British Champions’ Series and the final leg of the stayers’ Triple Crown.  The most successful horse in the Doncaster Cup was Beeswing, who won the race four times between 1837 and 1842, while the winning-most jockey was Joe Mercer who took his tally to eight with back-to-back triumphs on the great Le Moss in 1979 and 1980. Her Majesty the Queen enjoyed victory in 2014 with Estimate, trained by Sir Michael Stoute.

In order to mark the 250 year milestone Doncaster Racecourse has commissioned Christopher Perry, a Sheffield born silversmith, to create a striking trophy that depicts the historic importance of this race yet symbolises horseracing in a modern era.

DONCASTER CUP TROPHY 2016

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.

Christopher Perry, said: “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 race’s 250th anniversary.”

All racegoers will have the chance to enjoy a one-off exhibition on course in the main grandstand on Doncaster Cup day. This exhibition will tell the story of the race through the years and allow racing fans a chance to view key memorabilia from the race’s 250 year history.

On behalf of the Course Redevelopment team Stuart Dick of Arcadis said: “We are delighted, as a team, to be sponsoring The 250th Doncaster Cup as part of our ongoing work with Doncaster Racecourse. While we work on plans that will help shape the future of the racecourse it is apt that we have the opportunity to lend our support to a race that is steeped in so much history. All four companies look forward to attending on the day and enjoying a really exciting race.”

Executive Director of Doncaster Racecourse, Kieran Gallagher, said: “We are really pleased to have extended our relationship with our four design development partners and thank them for the support they are showing the Doncaster Cup. The race has a long and prestigious history and it is fitting that companies working on future plans for the racecourse have come on board to support one of our feature races.”

 

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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