DONCASTER Racecourse is celebrating racing ahead of its competition after being awarded best regional racecourse in a prestigious poll.
The Town Moor track was credited with top marks in the Midlands West regional section of The Racegoers Club 2015 Racecourse of the Year Awards by members of the official club for racing fans in Britain.
The 5,000 strong membership poll saw members show preference for both national and regional racecourses, with Doncaster beating off stiff competition.
The racecourse, which plays hosts to some 36 racedays annually is getting ready to mark the start of the flat season in style with the prestigious Betway Lincoln weekend on Saturday, 02 April and is known to attract over 65,000 visitors to the course each September with the Ladbrokes St Leger festival, the oldest classic raceday.
The venue also boasts a strong event schedule alongside its key racedays including Music Live, a string of music performances. Former Pop Idol winner Will Young will be the first act to perform at Music Live this year, wowing crowds on Saturday May 14 following the Visit Bawtry Raceday. The following month, on Saturday June 4, successful 80s band Level 42 will entertain racegoers after Ladbrokes Derby Day – one of the most prestigious events on the UK racing calendar – while iconic Welsh singer Sir Tom Jones will wow music lovers on Saturday June 25 after another evening of top-class racing.
For the second year running, household name Vernon Kay will perform a live DJ set for crowds at the racecourse following the Unison raceday on Saturday July 30. That will be followed by a performance by soul legends Simply Red, led by charismatic artist Mick Hucknall, who will rock into Doncaster on Saturday August 13.
Speaking of the accolade, Kieran Gallagher, Executive Director at Doncaster Racecourse said the team were proud of the achievement.
He added: “The team at Doncaster works hard to deliver a great event on each raceday, alongside a spectacular summer event line up and we’re thrilled to see our efforts have been recognised by people who visit the course.
“We will continue to offer the highest level of raceday experience to our customers and we’re looking forward to an exciting packed racing schedule throughout the year.”