Town Moor set for thrilling climax to Flat

DONCASTER stages the traditional conclusion to the British Flat season on turf on Saturday when the 2011 campaign signs off in style with the Betfred November Handicap Day.

Gates open at 11am with the first of the seven races at 12.50pm.

There will be ‘end of term’ presentations to honour the champions of the season, including the champion jockey – either Paul Hanagan or fellow Yorkshire-based rider Silvestre de Sousa.

There is the possibility of the riders’ title going right down to the wire, as it did last year, when Hanagan triumphed by just two winners from Richard Hughes.

He is attempting to become the first-ever northern-based jockey to win back-to-back championships.

Martin Harley leads in the battle to become the champion apprentice jockey.

It is also planned to make presentations to representatives of the champion trainer, Richard Hannon, and the leading owner, Prince Khalid Abdullah, as they have both retained their titles.

The leading female apprentice rider, Yorkshire-based Julie Burke, will be honoured with the Jan Wilson Memorial Award.

The principal race is The Betfred November Handicap Stakes. The famous ultra-competitive handicap over a mile-and-a-half, offers prize money of £65,000.

A couple of long-standing Listed races are also featured – The Betfred EBF Gillies Fillies’ Stakes and The Betfred 1350 Shops Nationwide Wentworth Stakes, a race for sprinters over six furlongs. Both races offer prize money of £30,000.

The opening race, The Betfred ‘Cock O’The North’ EBF Maiden Stakes, refers to the leading northern-based jockey of the Flat season, currently Paul Hanagan.

A shuttle bus service will be in operation from the railway station.