William Hill agree three-year deal with ARC to sponsor the St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse including the world’s oldest Classic horserace.

William Hill Leger

Today, Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) announces that William Hill is the new sponsor of the St Leger Stakes, the world’s oldest Classic horserace.

The three-year deal sees William Hill sponsor the Group 1 St Leger Stakes, worth £700,000 this year, along with a feature race each day of the four-day festival which will be known as ‘The William Hill St Leger Festival’ and run from Wednesday 13 September to Saturday 16 September 2017.

Alongside the feature race, William Hill will sponsor the following races;

  • The William Hill Handicap on the opening day of the Festival (Wednesday);
  • The William Hill May Hill Stakes on Ladies’ Day (Thursday);
  • The William Hill Mallard Stakes on Gentlemen’s Day (Friday); and
  • The William Hill Portland Stakes on the finale, alongside the William Hill St Leger Stakes on the final day (Saturday).

In 2016, the St Leger Festival was attended by over 60,000 racegoers. In 2017, terrestrial coverage of the William Hill St Leger Stakes day will be on the ITV 1 channel with coverage on ITV4 for Ladies’ Day and Gentlemen’s Day.

New St Leger Festival sponsor, William Hill was the first betting company to sponsor a major horserace in 1957.  Today, William Hill is sponsor of the Ayr Gold Cup, Great St. Wilfrid at Ripon, Scottish Super Sprint at Musselburgh and is also the broadcast sponsor for all of ITV’s horseracing coverage.

William Hill CEO, Philip Bowcock, said: “William Hill is one of the best known brands in betting – with a long history of horseracing sponsorship.  We are delighted to sponsor the oldest classic and we will work closely with ARC to continue to build the profile and popularity of the William Hill St Leger Festival.”

Chief Executive of ARC, Martin Cruddace, said: “We are delighted William Hill have become the new sponsors of the St Leger. We really enjoy working with their team and look forward to extending this to our feature racing festival of the year. William Hill have the brand, vision and team to help build on the success of both the four-day festival and the feature race, the St Leger, which continues to be one of the most important races in the British Racing calendar.”

Executive Director of Doncaster Racecourse, Tim Banfield, said “The William Hill St Leger Festival is a wonderful four days of racing for Doncaster, the Yorkshire region and the whole of British Racing.  We aim to have a real and long-term partnership with all our sponsors and we look forward to integrating William Hill’s world-renowned brand into our feature event.  The team here are working hard on preparations for this year’s William Hill St Leger Festival and we are set on delivering another fantastic four days of racing.”

Tickets for the St. Leger Festival are now on sale and can be purchased online at



news-thumb-302Marston’s Beer Company and Arena Racing Company (“ARC”), the UK’s largest racecourse Group, with 15 racecourses, are delighted to announce a three year beer supply agreement.

The agreement includes beer supply to all racecourses, sponsorship of three feature races and a wide range of exciting events across the group. Key to the agreement will be supply of specifically selected brands to suit each racecourse within the ARC Group. Marston’s will also be headline sponsor of The Wainwright Flying Childers at Doncaster Racecourse, The Marston Pedigree Summer cup at Uttoxeter Racecourse, and The Hobgoblin Brighton Mile at Brighton Racecourse.

Marston’s local brand strategy was a key part of its proposal to supply to the network which stretches from Newcastle to Brighton. Beers from Jennings in the north to Ringwood in the south, along with national brands including Hobgoblin, Wainwright and Pedigree all form part of the new supply agreement.

Paul Riley of Marston’s Free Trade commented: “This is a great supply win for Marston’s. We worked closely with the ARC team finding plenty of common ground in our business goals. Marston’s local brands allow the racecourses to keep local supply close to them. We are also delighted to be welcoming back former customers with whom we had long standing relationships stretching back over 20 years.”

ARC hosts more than 500 race days a year while also being a multi-functional events company with its racecourses putting on outdoor music festivals, family events, Christmas parties and corporate events throughout the year. Every September Doncaster Racecourse hosts the world’s oldest Classic horserace, the St Leger Stakes, which attracts over 60,000 people across the four-day festival.

ARC Director of Operations, Mark Spincer, said: “This is the beginning of an exciting partnership and we are delighted to be working with Marston’s across our racecourses. We are constantly striving to improve the customer experience and we are confident our partnership with Marston’s will help provide a great choice of beverages for every visitor who comes to our racecourses. Marston’s will be leading on a number of different initiatives and offerings, with the full support of the ARC team at each racecourse, as we look ahead to an exhilarating summer of racing.”

At each racecourse the local teams are developing specific activity relevant to their customers and aims to target wider customers groups who visit the racecourses for a huge selection of different activities, from parties and events to outdoor summer festivals, as well as special race meetings such as Ladies Day.

Marston’s beer brands will benefit from high level exposure with the vast amount of TV and online coverage horseracing receives. This is an exciting return for Marston’s to the racing arena as it was a long-standing sponsor of the Marston’s Pedigree Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter from 1997- 2004.

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”

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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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Chique – The Boutique For Any Occasion

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Chique is Doncaster’s number 1 boutique for all your occasion wear, with over 25 exclusive designer labels from Kevan Jon, Sherri Hill, Forever Unique, Diva, Genese and many more, we have over 500 dresses in store, you certainly will be spoilt for choice.

The summer racing season is one of the most exciting times of year for our town. It’s a chance for the ladies to treat themselves to that extra special outfit to feel fabulous in.

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The Spring/Summer trends are truly amazing this year and we are determined to outdo all of your expectations with the stunning collections we have chosen for you; whether you are wanting a classic, timeless dress and statement fascinator or a dramatic, embellished one off piece, we will not disappoint.

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This season at Chique we will be introducing lots of textured lace, bold colours and exotic prints which we can pair beautifully with a bespoke fascinator to complete the look. We will also be launching an exciting brand new label to the store, expect glamorous, unusual pieces.

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With our exceptional service we will go above and beyond to get you your perfect outfit.’

Businesses from the upmarket town of Bawtry host annual Visit Bawtry race meeting


Businesses from the upmarket town of Bawtry are hosting their fourth annual Visit Bawtry race meeting on Saturday 16th May at Doncaster Racecourse and plans are in place to make the event as successful and enjoyable as seen in last years video. 

Race card sponsors this year are Crown Hotel, Portland AutosRobinsons of Bawtry, China Rose, Fine & Country, Caviars Restaurant and Wine Bar/Hydro Active Pools & Spa and 31 Market Place Cocktail Bar & Bistro who each sponsor one of the seven races that will be run on the evening.

We are very much looking forward to our fourth Visit Bawtry race day and to welcoming businesses and their guests to this special occasion in our social event calendar,” said Rebecca Dickenson Chair Bawtry Retail Association. “Doncaster Racecourse is a great platform to promote the work that we do and the diverse range of businesses, restaurants and retail that we have in Bawtry.”

And, to add even more excitement, the legendary Sheffield band Human League will play after racing concludes.

With classis hits such as ‘Don’t you want me baby’ and ‘Together in electric dreams’ under their belt, the band are sure to get the crowd dancing as evening falls on the Town Moor Turf.

“The Human League is such an iconic South Yorkshire band and, as an iconic South Yorkshire town, we feel that we are well paired for this evening,” said Rebecca. “They have amassed over 20 million record sales in their five decade career and we are looking forward to the entertainment they will undoubtedly bring to our event.”

Further information regarding Bawtry Retail Association (BRA) can be found at www.visitbawtry.com