Sir Alex Ferguson, Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Owen among St Leger guest

Sir Alex Ferguson and Geoffrey Boycott were among the visitors during day one of the St Leger meeting. Pictured below: Michael Owen collecting his prize (photo via Jo Mapletoft)
Sir Alex Ferguson and Geoffrey Boycott were among the visitors during day one of the St Leger meeting. Pictured below: Michael Owen collecting his prize (photo via Jo Mapletoft)

Sporting legends were out in force as Doncaster’s St Leger Festival meeting got off to a storming start.

Legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson rubbed shoulders with Yorkshire and England cricketing ace Geoffrey Boycott at Town Moor on the first day of this year’s racing extravaganza.

And former England, Liverpool and Manchester United star was also there to see his horse Angelic Lord in action.

The striker-turned-racing owner and football pundit saw his two-year-old Bay Colt, ridden by jockey Richard Kingscote, gallop ahead of Markaz and Fuwairt to claim the 2.30pm race.

The crowd yesterday topped 6,000 - the highest opening day attendance since 2008.

Mark Spincer, managing director of Doncaster Racecourse, commented: “It has been a tremendous opening day. The brilliant Clipper Logistics Leger Legends race produced a thrilling finish and raised lots of money for Jack Berry House and the Northern Racing College.”

Today will see thousands of women in their fancy frocks descend on the course for the colourful spectacle of Ladies’ Day.