ARABIANS RETURN TO DONCASTER IN THE ROYAL CAVALRY OF OMAN PREMIER HANDICAP

Oman-Hi-Res logoThe Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was pleased with the 11 runners declared for the Royal Cavalry of Oman Premier Handicap to be run over 2 miles at Doncaster this Saturday, June 3. A long term supporter of Arabian racing in the UK, The Royal Cavalry of Oman have maintained their UK sponsorship for 2017, having increased their support last year.

This stamina test is just one of a range of single races supported by The Royal Cavalry  run on thoroughbred cards, from the lower levels to the highest, of which the Doncaster race is the first this season.  It also includes The Royal Cavalry of Oman Clarendon Stakes, a Group 3 run over 5 furlongs at Newbury on August 19.

ARO Racing Operations Executive Gemma Cobb commented: “With a mix of seasoned handicappers and unexposed young horses, it promises to be an interesting contest. ARO welcomes the continued support of The Royal Cavalry of Oman who have been part of Arabian racing in the UK for more than ten years.

“Their sponsorship got off to a successful start with six of eight races at our Taunton fixture last month. In addition, since returning to the UK training ranks, they have had winner and horses placed at each meeting, and we wish them continued success throughout the year.”

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She concluded: “We look forward to running at Doncaster, where we always receive a warm welcome, and we also thank the racecourse teams at Taunton, Bath, Newbury and for their support of the Royal Cavalry’s single race sponsorship in 2017.”

Lincoln marks start of flat season at Doncaster Racecourse

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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.

 

Wetherby launches OLBG Mares’ Road to Cheltenham 2016

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Now in it’s 4th year, the OLBG Mares’ Road to Cheltenham 2016 kicked off at Wetherby’s annual bet365 Charlie Hall meeting on 31st October 2015.

Giving mares and fillies a platform to showcase their talents, the OLBG Mares’ Road has been building in momentum since 2012 and culminates each year in the Grade 1 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival.

“The aim of OLBG’s sponsorship from the beginning was to help increase the quality and value of mares in National Hunt racing. We’ve now taken this further and developed a respected series solely for mares and fillies,” said Stefanie Reeve, Sponsorship Manager of OLBG.

“The OLBG Mares’ Road to Cheltenham is the result of investment and hard work from OLBG and many parties, including racecourses, trainers and of course the mares themselves.”

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Monday 23rd November 2015 – 3 mile 1/2 furlong Listed Hurdle

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Saturday 16th January 2016 – 3 mile Grade 2 Hurdle

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Tuesday 15th March 2016 – 2 mile 4 furlong Grade 1 Hurdle

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Argus 6/1 to deliver in Betfred November Handicap

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The 2015 British flat racing season will climax next month with the Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster Racecourse.

Argus has been chalked up as the 6/1 favourite for the Betfred November Handicap by the sponsors after 40 horses were entered for the final major handicap of the Flat season at Doncaster on Saturday.

Ralph Beckett’s lightly-raced colt was a well backed winner over course and distance last month and heads the betting from Penhill and Seamour at 10/1.

Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: “Argus boasts the perfect profile for the November Handicap and is the one to beat off the back of landing a gamble on Town Moor last month.”

Smad Place was a cosy winner on his seasonal reappearance over fences at Kempton this afternoon and has been cut to 14/1 (from 20/1) by Betfred for the Hennessy Gold Cup.

Betfred November Handicap – sponsors bet: 6 Argus; 10 Penhill, Seamour; 12 Awake My Soul, Green Light, Litigant, Mistiroc, Super Kid; 14 Ladurelli, Low Key; 16 Cousin Khee, Esteaming; 20 Agent Gibbs, Buonarroti, Craggaknock, Eton Rambler, First Mohican, Giantstepsahead, Latenightrequest, Off Art, Only Orsenfoolsies, Pearl Castle, Storm Force Ten; 25 Barwick, Blue Hussar, Handiwork, Instant Karma, Manhattan Swing, Multellie, Paddys Motorbike, Stock Hill Fair, Villa Royale, Zand; 33 Bazooka, Shrewd, Swnymor, Trimoulet; 40 Captain Navarre, Two Jabs; 50 Tyrsal.

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The traditional end of season finale gets underway on Saturday, November 7 and will be the last opportunity of the season to witness British Flat racing in all its glory. As well as enjoying seven quality races, racegoers will be able to see Cock O’ the North awarded to the Northern-based jockey who rides the most winners at the end of the flat season.

Following an action-packed day of racing at the Town Moor venue there will be a variety of live entertainment on offer, including food, drink and an energetic performance in the exhibition hall from Big Party Band, who will play tracks from well-known artists such as The Kings of Leon, Amy Winehouse, Madonna and Chaka Khan.

There will also be the chance to take on former world champion Dennis Taylor in a pool challenge and win tickets to the prestigious 2016 Betfred World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.

Kieran Gallagher, executive director of Doncaster Racecourse said: “The November Handicap is always a firm favourite on the racing calendar and a great way to end the flat season. It will combine quality racing with exciting entertainment in a relaxed, fun environment.

“The crowning of Cock O’ The North is always a popular event and the appearance of snooker legend Dennis Taylor is sure to create a real buzz around the place.”

Future racing champs set to line up for Racing Post Trophy

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DONCASTER Racecourse is making final preparations for a prestigious racing fixture which regularly showcases future champions of the sport.

Racing Post Trophy Day, the final Group 1 event of the British Flat Racing season, gets underway on Saturday October 24, and following the 2013 victory by Kingston Hill, which went on to win last year’s St Leger, race-goers can expect to be thrilled by some top class racing action at Town Moor.

Kieran Gallagher, executive director at Doncaster Racecourse, said: “Racing Post Trophy Day is synonymous with high quality racing and offers race-goers the chance to witness the future champions of British Horse racing as they battle it out for the coveted Group 1 Racing Post Trophy.  Kingston Hill rode to victory in the feature race in 2013 and then went on to win the St Leger in 2014, so we could well see some of next year’s English Classic winners making an appearance.

“All eyes will be on Doncaster favourite Andrea Atzeni who will be looking to make a hat-trick of wins after riding Kingston Hill to victory in 2013 and Elm Park in 2014.”

 Racing Post Trophy Day is the second day of a two day meeting which gets underway on Friday October 23.  The fixture is the penultimate Flat meeting of the Town Moor calendar which culminates with the Betfred November Handicap on November 07, which will see the presentation of the Cock O’ The North awarded to the Northern based jockey who rides most winners between the Lincoln meeting and the end of the flat season.

Racing Post Trophy Day will also see the crowning of the ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire Best Dressed Lady 2015’.  The competition will bring together nine winners from the county’s ‘Best Dressed Lady’ competitions held between May and September, including Doncaster’s very own Best Dressed Lady, Kirsty Booth.  They will battle it in the style stakes for the chance to claim the coveted title and a package of prizes including the chance to become the face of Go Racing in Yorkshire’s 2016 campaign, a luxury two night spa break and a piece of vintage jewellery.  Judging will take place in the parade ring after the second race which is due off at 2:35pm.

Other off-the track highlights include a performance by the Richie Muir Band who will take to the stage in the Exhibition Hall to entertain guests after racing

On Racing Post Trophy Day gates open at 12pm and the first gets underway at 2.00pm, the race card concludes at 5.30pm.