Welcome to our official guide to Doncaster Racecourse. In this section we explore this racecourse in detail, looking at its history, big races, a guide to the track, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!
- 1 Overview
- 2 Racecourse History
- 3 Main Races and Events
- 4 Racecourse Map
- 5 Doncaster Racecourse Address
- 6 How To Get To Doncaster Racecourse
- 7 Hotels near Doncaster Racecourse
- 8 Best Doncaster Races Betting Sites
- 9 Betting Shops Local to Doncaster Racecourse
- 10 Doncaster Race Fixtures
- 11 Doncaster Racecourse Weather
- 12 Other Events
- 13 Other racecourses
One of nine horse racing courses in Yorkshire, Doncaster is one of the oldest and (in terms of audience capacity) largest racecourses in the UK! Also known as the Town Moor Course, Doncaster or ‘Donny’, if you’re local, is home to two of Britain’s thirty six annual Group 1 flat races.
Doncaster Racecourse comprises a left-handed, pear-shaped track that measures approximately 1 mile and 7 ½ furlongs, mainly entirely flat but also with facilities for National Hunt racing. Hosting 36 meetings a year as well as being of South Yorkshire’s most popular events and conferencing venues, Doncaster Racecourse sits at the pinnacle of the Northern eventing calendar and is well visited almost every day of the year. It starts and ends the flat season on turf and has taken over a number of events from other cities and towns in the North of England who have seen their venues close; such as the Lincoln Cup.
Having enjoyed a £34million redevelopment in recent years, the course now boasts an impressive five-storey grandstand alongside a myriad of hospitality, conferencing and family facilities to really make its mark on the map.
With a stabling capacity of 147 horses and having won the title of BetView Racecourse of the Year in 2013 alongside the RCA Showcase Award for Operational Excellence the year before, Doncaster is well considered amongst owners and trainers and is known for its customer service team who strive to meet (and exceed) the needs of all attendees.
The town of Doncaster boasts some of the oldest records of race meetings in the country, dating back to the 16th Century, with a map of nearby Town Moor showing a crude track as far back as 1595. In 1600, the local authorities attempted to discourage and ban horse racing from the area because of the amount of ‘undesirables’ it attracted, but less than a decade later they admitted failure and instead began planning for a formal racecourse to take shape.
Indeed, even today, Doncaster Racecourse hosts two of the world’s oldest races: The Doncaster Cup and The St Leger Stakes. The Doncaster Cup was first run in 1766 over Cantley Common and is the oldest continuing regulated horse race on the planet! It forms one part of Britain’s Stayers Triple Crown for long-distance running horses along with the Goodwood Cup and the Ascot Gold Cup. The St Leger Stakes was founded back in 1776 by Captain Anthony St Leger, with five horses competing, remaining the world’s oldest classic horse race still today. During the first world war, however, Doncaster was closed to house military personnel, and so replacement races were run at Newmarket Racecourse for three years.
Doncaster continued to make history and in 1992 held the first Sunday race meeting in the UK. Over 23,000 people attended, despite there being no betting to partake in! The racecourse continues to thrive as a multi-purpose venue and is now owned by the Arena Racing Company, who are the largest operator of horse racing venues in the UK.
Main Races and Events
The most important races in the Doncaster Racecourse calendar are, as above, the Doncaster Cup and The St Leger Stakes. Both are sponsored by Betfair and run in September. The four day St Leger Festival attracts racegoers from all over the country and further afield, and is recognised as the Autumn’s premier sporting occasion. The leading jockey at St Leger is Bill Scott, who has won 8 times, and the leading trainer John Scott, who has won 16. As the last of the classic races to take place in the year, it marks the end of the summer horseracing season in the UK.
Doncaster Racecourse Address
How To Get To Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster Racecourse offers free parking across all car parks on non-racedays and paid-for parking on racedays. It boasts excellent road links to the M1, M18 and M62 and is easy to find by car. A shuttle bus runs from the Doncaster Interchange rail station racedays and major coach companies offer seasonal services from all over the UK.
The Doncaster-Sheffield Robin Hood Airport is less than seven miles from the racecourse and is served by plenty of UK internal flights, so there’s plenty of scope for those facing a longer journey to arrive easily.
Hotels near Doncaster Racecourse
Although Donny is a town and not a city, it’s a fairly big one and there’s plenty of accommodation options in the nearby area. Budget options include the Ramada Jarvis, Best Western and Premier Inn, but pricier hotels include the Hilton Garden Inn (just half a mile from the racecourse!), Rossington Hall and Owston Hall. Doncaster also has lots of serviced apartments, so why not extend your stay for a proper explore around the local area away from the racecourse too?
Best Doncaster Races Betting Sites
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Betting Shops Local to Doncaster Racecourse
Betting facilities within the racecourse include Tote options and independent bookmakers close to the track and parade ring. You’ll find all of the main betting brands in the town centre, though – with branches of Betfred, Coral, Paddypower, William Hill, Ladbrokes and Megabet all within walking distance of each other.
Doncaster Racecourse is particularly friendly to first-time race-goers and those that haven’t bet on the horses before, so if you’d like to have a flutter but don’t understand the ins and outs, read the guides on their website for more info.
Doncaster Race Fixtures
Doncaster Racecourse Weather
Punters and race-goers love to keep up with the weather to predict going conditions, as well as making sure what they wear is suitable. Here’s the current weather forecast for Doncaster:
With a jam-packed calendar of 36 races, there’s always something on at Doncaster! Other notable races include the Great Yorkshire Chase, the Doncaster Mile Chase, the Vertem Futurity Trophy and the November Handicap. The course also hosts a variety of charity and themed race days – including one based around gin and prosecco, for a boozy brunch and day out!
Doncaster Racecourse is very much a full events venue and also offers lots of music gigs and themed parties year-round.
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