Doncaster Racecourse is amongst the oldest horse racing courses in the UK with records of formalized horse racing taking place on what was then ‘Town Moor’ in the proximity of Doncaster in South Yorkshire in the early 16th Century. In 1766 The Doncaster Cup was established as an annual event for a long distance race which was created to recognize the horses who were ‘stayers’ and the race continues to be run in the present day.
Doncaster is a very large capacity racecourse comfortably accommodating 50,000 visitors especially during the high profile GB Group One Flat Race the St Leger Stakes that has been run annually since 1779. The Doncaster Racecourse boasts fabulous turf race tracks which are carefully maintained to keep an even surface making it the only racecourse in the UK to start and end the racing season on turf.
The racecourse is left handed and designed in a pear shape with a separate National Hunt course also featuring. The most significant National Hunt Races are the William Hill Handicap Chase and the Sky Bet Chase. At least 20 flat racing fixtures are held annually at Doncaster keeping the racecourse with its activities at the heart of the local economy of South Yorkshire and drawing many non-equestrian events to use the fabulous Conference Centre and Exhibition facilities all year round.
The visitors’ facilities are second to none with several dedicated enclosures offered for families, members and for corporate visitors. Family Day which is held in June is a great day with massive attendance by families who come to enjoy the races as well as the superb entertainment laid on for adults and children in particular. The Racecourse is easily accessible by all modes of transport making it a natural destination for people looking to spend a great day out in the country and in 1992 was the first British Racecourse to have a Sunday meeting. A delighted crowd of 32,000 spectators came to the Sunday race despite the absence of any sports betting just to enjoy the fabulous ambience.