After a busy start to the flat season, we have a week’s respite before the next meeting at Doncaster Racecourse.
It’s been a packed few months of racing at Town Moor, so the course will at least have the chance to recover, especially with the pleasant weather we’ve seen over the last week.
Taking place on the evening of Friday, June 8 and the afternoon of Saturday, June 9, the next two day fixture will be a great way to cap off the Jubilee week.
We have some really competitive action on both days - the feature races are two Class 2 handicaps on Saturday, one for four-year-olds and upwards, which will be run over seven furlongs, and the other for three-year-olds, run over a mile.
We’re sure both races, and indeed both racedays, will prove very popular with punters.
Away from Town Moor, all of the talk is of Saturday’s Investec Derby. As Epsom’s pinnacle race meeting, it is always a thrilling occasion, and if the pre-meeting build-up is anything to go by, this year looks set to be no exception.
After success in Doncaster’s Racing Post Trophy last year, Camelot opened his account for this season with an impressive victory in the Guineas. He now heads the betting for the Epsom highlight, where he faces a strong line up of 12.
The horse, trained by Aidan O’Brien will take on stable-mates Astrology, Father Of Science, Imperial Monarch and Tower Rock, all entered in the 1m4f race, but remains the short-priced favourite after showing his class throughout the 2011 season and marking his intent with his stunning Guineas performance.
Of course, if Camelot succeeds, he will be bucking the trend. The last odds-on favourite to win the Derby was Shergar, who stormed home in 1981 at a price of 10-11.
Should he take the Derby, we would love to see Camelot back at Doncaster in September to try and take the Triple Crown – something not achieved since Nijinsky in 1970. It’s all set to be a fantastic day at Epsom, and potentially an outcome that will make our own St Leger meeting even more exciting.
For more information about any of the forthcoming races or events at Doncaster Racecourse, or to buy tickets, go to www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call our box office on 01302 511 918.