Racegoers will also have the opportunity of seeing leading northern–trained horses given their final preparations before competing at the forthcoming Cheltenham Festival, followed by a special Festival preview in the Lazarus Stand (Premier Suite) at approximately 6pm, when At The races presenter, Simon Mapletoft, will host a panel of experts including former Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockeys, Mick Fitzgerald and Andrew Thornton, along with top Yorkshire-based trainer, Ferdy Murphy and Simon Clare of Coral. This preview is open to all racegoers attending on Saturday.
In addition, the Doncaster Beer Fest – which should have taken place at the abandoned December Meeting – forms part of Saturday’s entertainment.
A Handicap contest over three and a quarter miles, The Coral Grimthorpe Chase offers prizemoney of £45,000 and last year’s winner was the Nicky Henderson-trained Wogan. Other recent notable winners include Run For Paddy in 2005, who went on the following year to win the Scottish Grand National, while Amberleigh House, who finished in seventh place six years ago, had won the previous season’s Grand National at Aintree. Also, the 2004 winner, Grey Abbey, went on to land the Scottish Grand National.
The ‘Grimthorpe’ heads a seven-race programme on Saturday, starting at 1.50pm with a Novices’ Handicap Hurdle contest supported by The Crown Hotel at Bawtry. Possible stars of the future over Jumps take part in the third running of a £50,000 National Hunt Flat Race for four and five-year-olds, The DBS Spring Sales Bumper over the extended two miles, supported by bloodstock auctioneers, Doncaster Bloodstock Sales. Last year’s winner, Di Kaprio triumphed at 66/1 for Lincolnshire trainer, Chris Bealby.
There are also seven races on Friday, all supported by leading bookmaker Coral, beginning at 2.10pm.