Racecourse plans summer spectaculars

Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster Racecourse

DONCASTER Racecourse is set for a sizzling summer schedule with officials already predicting a sell-out St Leger Festival.

Record numbers of punters have already snapped up tickets for the four-day highlight of the town’s racing calendar.

This year’s St Leger runs from September 12 until 15 and racecourse boss Mark Spincer expects it is going to be yet another “fantastic occasion” for Doncaster.

He said: “The Ladbrokes St Leger is the most popular raceday in our calendar, attracting more than 30,000 people for the Saturday race meeting.”

Speculation that racehorse Camelot could try and clinch the triple crown - last won by Nijinksy in 1970 - is a major reason behind the rush on St Leger tickets.

Racecourse bosses expect similar success stories from other events planned for the summer ahead, including a hotly-anticipated gig from Cockney icons, Madness, on June 30.

They’ll be performing for a Doncaster crowd just weeks after they wowed London gig goers with a concert on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Mr Spincer added: “Sales have been absolutely unbelievable, not least since the band performed at last weekend’s Jubilee concert.

“The eyes of the nation have been firmly on the Queen and the host of Jubilee activities that have taken place over the extended bank holiday weekend. And the fantastic thing is that, both racing – with the Queen among the spectators at the Epsom Derby – and Madness – with a stunning performance at Buckingham Palace – have been the focus of the nation’s attention, something that I think has spurred people on to book up for our Madness race meeting.

“Tickets are almost sold out, so any fans looking to come along and enjoy the occasion should book as soon as possible.”

This Sunday, the racecourse is putting on a special family fun day for Father’s Day with appearances from TV favourites Peppa Pig and George.

For tickets, visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call 01302 304200.