DONCASTER Racecourse is getting ready to start the flat season in style with the prestigious Betway Lincoln weekend.
The famous fixture traditionally marks the start of Britain’s flat season and has long been a highlight of the Town Moor racing calendar, attracting thousands of race-goers each year looking to enjoy a top class sporting and social occasion.
The Betway Lincoln, a famous Heritage Handicap over a straight mile, takes pride of place on Saturday 02 April at 3.45pm, with the first race scheduled for 2pm. Seven races will take place across the opening day, with the final race getting started at 5:30pm. Racegoers will also be able to stay behind to enjoy some evening musical entertainment from top impersonator, Elvis2.
The race was originally run at Lincoln Racecourse and the venue introduced the Lincoln Spring Handicap at a new fixture in March 1853. The first two runnings were over 1½ miles, and it was shortened to a mile in 1855. The summer race ended when the meeting was temporarily discontinued in the 1850s. The spring version was renamed the Lincolnshire Handicap in 1860.
The race continued to be held at Lincoln until 1964. It was transferred to Doncaster in 1965, following the closure of its former venue and from this point, it was known as the Lincoln Handicap.
On the second day of the Lincoln weekend, (Sunday 03 April), families will also be able to enjoy a spring day out as part of the racecourse’s first family themed event of the year at the Easter Family Fun Day. Admission is free for children and there will be entertainment for all the family including fairground rides, a colouring competition, kids disco, Doncaster’s favourite Mr Dan and much more.
Kieran Gallagher, executive director at Doncaster Racecourse, said: “The Lincoln weekend is always a highlight of the racing calendar as it kick starts the flat season in scintillating style.
“It is set to be a really popular weekend at the racecourse for both parents and children alike and aside from lots of off the course activity, we have a packed schedule of races lined up which are sure to entertain the parents. I would urge people to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.”
Tickets to the Betway Lincoln and Easter Family Fun Day start at £8.50 per person.