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A Punters Guide to Doncaster Race Track - Left Hand,Right Hand,Galloping,Easy.Doncaster Racecourse Facts.

A description of Doncaster Racetrack - Gradients,Direction,Trivia, - Doncaster Racecourse.

Doncaster is located in South Yorkshire in the north of England.

Like the majority of racecourses in the U.K.,Doncaster is left handed.


Track is almost perfectly flat and galloping in nature - one of the fairest courses in England and all horses should run to their best here.

Doncaster is pear shaped and quite big circuit of almost 2 miles.

Both flat racing and National Hunt races are held at Doncaster.

The run in  from bend is 4.5 furlongs on flat,jumpers have a 247 yard run in.

Doncaster have replaced their stiff fences with new portable fences and are now easy to negotiate with few fallers.

Flat races can be run on the straight course from 5 furlongs through to 1 mile.

Draw bias - there is a very slight preference for a low draw,particularly if going is soft.

Doncaster,due to subsoil and excellent drainage,rarely gets testing and going is usually good,so horses may stay a little further than they can cope with on other tracks.

Doncaster is now part of the Arena Racing Company racetracks.

Doncaster hosts the oldest classic race in England - The St.Leger (first run in 1776 and won by Allabuculia).

Another big race,The Lincoln,which is part of "the spring double",with the Grand National,was moved to Doncaster in 1965 on the closure of Lincoln Racecourse (the race was originally called The Lincolnshire Handicap).


Jockey Dave Dick did what surely will never be done again,by winning both legs of "the spring double" - he won The Lincoln in 1941 on Gloaming,and won the 1956 Grand National on ESB - and like us all he got bigger over the years,winning in 1941 weighing just 7 stone 4 pounds,and the latter race with an 11 stone 3 pound burden.

Many horses have tried to win the Doncaster Lincoln more than once,but non have succeded.However Ob in 1906 and 1907,and Babur in 1957 and 1958 did win twice when the race was still held at Lincoln Racecourse.

Doncaster is a very spacious track,and despite huge crowds,is always a comfortable experience for the racegoer.

Doncaster always hosts the first flat (grass)  meeting of the year - and they also stage the last flat meeting.

Races in this area since 15th Century - the track was laid out in 1614.

Doncaster is a busy racecourse and they have 36 meetings throughout the year.

Doncaster was trail blazer in England for Sunday racing - first Sunday meeting was held in 1992,and despite no betting allowed in those early days,a huge crowd of over 23,000 turned up and from then Sunday racing was firmly established in England.

Doncaster Racecourse has the ability to hold large and small business conventions,exhibitions,weddings etc. for locals - details and prices from events manager.

Children under 18 can get in free if with an adult (but not for meetings that have a concert after racing).

Senior citizens and group bookings can also save money on entrance costs - full details from management.

There is also a full range of hospitality deals for your group of friends or businesss colleagues - again ask management for details.

Disabled racegoers are well cared for at Doncaster Racecourse - special parking areas,automatic doors for easy wheelchair access,lifts and toilets are all available for you to enjoy the races - and if you need a carer,they can get in for free.

If you ask locals about Doncaster Racecourse,use the term Town Moor,which is the name the track is known as in the area.

Helicopter your mode of transport ? - that's ok , just let the course management know in advance,and they will arrange the formalities.

Rail travelers can get to the races via Doncaster Station (on the main London to Edinburgh line) which is about 2 miles from the track - shuttle bus service will get you to the track quickly.

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