Doncaster Races

One of the most famous racecourses in the world, Doncaster has a special place in the history of horseracing and continues to enthral and delight keen visitors to Doncaster races with a series of prestigious flat and National Hunt events of international standing. One of the oldest racecourses in Britain, Doncaster is also one of the largest and, also known as the Town Moor forms an integral part of the culture, history, and recreational landscape within Doncaster and South Yorkshire.

Doncaster Races, inside rail Doncaster Races hosts not one but two of the world’s oldest horse races, the Doncaster Cup and the St. Leger Chase. The Doncaster Cup is the oldest and dates back to 1766, forming part of the prestigious Triple Crown, with the Goodwood Cup and Ascot Gold Cup. These are long races, each more than 2 miles, which define what it is to be a ‘stayer’ in British horseracing.

The St Leger Stakes, founded by Colonel Anthony St. Leger in 1776, is recognised as the longest running Classic Horse Race event in the world and, held in September, forms the final Classic of the Flat racing season. The last Group 1 flat racing event in the season, the Racing Post Trophy, is also held at Doncaster in late October and Doncaster has the further distinction of beginning and ending the flat racing season.

The course at Doncaster has excellent drainage and the good flat galloping surface favours long striders and speed over stamina, even for the long races. Although regarded as one of the fairest courses in the country low draws are sometimes good bets when the going is soft. Renowned for hosting a great many notable flat races throughout the season, Doncaster races also hosts some popular fixtures in the National Hunt calendar, most notably the Pertemps Great Yorkshire Chase, held each year in January.

Racegoers have a series of different enclosures at Doncaster races to choose from depending on their requirements and whether they want an upmarket classic raceday or prefer a more casual approach to horse racing. Many of the enclosure options are associated with the stunning new Urban-i-Stand, with the Premier Enclosure occupying the top spot on the third floor.

With superb unobstructed views over the entire course, the Premier Enclosure also incorporates first class dining within the Lincoln Restaurant for which pre-booking is strongly recommended. A smart dress code for the Premier Enclosure applies.

The first and second floor of the new stand is given over to the County Enclosure, a popular option with racegoers at Doncaster races which sells out quickly for the main events.
Doncaster Races, winner

The County Enclosure incorporates a great selection of restaurants and bars and in addition to offering good vantage points during the races, offers views over the Parade Ring and Winners Enclosure. A smart dress code applies and prior booking of the County Restaurant is strongly recommended.

For a more informal raceday experience, the Grandstand Enclosure is the place to be. A light, open, contemporary space within the new stand, the Grandstand Enclosure has a selection of bars and food outlets, an outdoor seated terrace area overlooking the course, Winners Enclosure and Parade Ring. Visitors to the Grandstand Enclosure can also access the betting ring.

Doncaster Races, photo finish A further option is the Family Enclosure, which, as the name suggests, is perfect for a family day out at the races. Visitors to the Family Enclosure are welcome to bring a picnic and to make the most of the facilities on offer, which includes the Silver Patriarch Bar, on course bookmakers and Tote betting facilities.

There is no dress code for this enclosure and alcohol may not be brought into any enclosure.

Both badges and turnstile tickets are required for entry into the Premier and County Enclosures and turnstile tickets for the Grandstand and Family Enclosures. Ticket prices vary according to enclosure and race event. Free parking is available and children under 16 can gain entry to the racecourse for free.

With three children admitted free with each paying adult, there is plenty of scope for family fun days out at Doncaster. Additionally, savings of 20% can be had for group bookings for 10 or more people admitted to the same Family or Grandstand enclosure.

As may be expected from such a world class horseracing venue, the opportunities for enjoying some superb hospitality on raceday are extensive. Fine dining provides the classic and natural accompaniment to horseracing and Doncaster races has many excellent dining facilities to choose from. Enjoy three course a la carte dining within the Lincoln Restaurant in the Premier Suite or for a more informal dressed buffet dining experience opt for the County Restaurant. Silks Champagne and Seafood Restaurant provides an additional stylish option.

Corporate hospitality is available too for groups of between 20 and 120 people. There can be few better ways to entertain business clients, enjoy a work day out, or celebrate a special occasion with friends and family than soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the luxury and exclusivity provided by a private box at Doncaster races. The entire fourth floor of the Urban-i Stand is given over to private boxes with Gold, Silver, or Bronze hospitality options available, encompassing everything from car parking to dining and Tote betting facility.

Doncaster Racecourse is also a premier Yorkshire conference venue and event space, capable of hosting any size or style of private function or corporate event. World class racing demands world class facilities and within Doncaster Racecourse these are very much in evidence.

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