THE ST LEGER FESTIVAL AT DONCASTER
The St Leger – It is said: “The fastest horse wins the Guineas; the luckiest the Derby & the best horse wins the St Leger.”
Racegoers from all over the UK descend on Yorkshire each year for the Doncaster St Leger to capture a taste of the atmosphere at this unique 4-day horse racing festival.
The flagship race on the final day of the Doncaster St Leger festival is the famous St Leger race first run in 1776 and the final race in the UK’s ‘Triple Crown’; the Newmarket 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby and the St Leger.
The Doncaster St Leger meeting features a number of top-class supporting races on each of day race meeting; highlights being the DFS Park Hill Stakes on Ladies’ Day, the Doncaster Cup on Friday and the Portland Handicap on Saturday.
Don’t race home after the last race! This delightful festival blends history with racing excitement on each of the 4-days of the St Leger meeting, plus a superb programme of live entertainment after racing ends on each day.
2013 DONCASTER ST LEGER FESTIVAL RACECARD
LEGER LEGENDS DAY1
The St Leger Festival kicks off with retired racing celebrities racing in the Leger Legends Race, benefiting 2 Yorkshire charities; the Northern Racing College & Jack Berry House rehabilitation facility for injured jockeys. First run in 2010, the race is increasingly popular, with jockeys like Sea The Stars rider Mick Kinane and leading lady jockey Julie Krone winning the race previously. In 2013 dual Grand National-winning jockey Carl Llewellyn, plus several (as yet secret) new jockeys compete in the Leger Legend.
LADIES DAY 2
Day 2 is South Yorkshire’s biggest social occasion. The Doncaster Racecourse Grandstand is filled with stylish ladies in fascinators hoping to win the Best Dressed Lady prize. The winner goes on to represent Doncaster Racecourse in Yorkshire’s Best Dressed Lady 2013 final in October. The feature race is the Park Hill Stakes for fillies & mares; won last year by Wild Coco, trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil. Third in that race was the Queen’s horse Estimate, that went on to win the Ascot Gold Cup in 2013.
DONCASTER DAY 3
Featuring the Doncaster Cup (a final leg of the ‘stayers’ Triple Crown following the Ascot Gold Cup & Goodwood Cup) the Queen’s horse Estimate hopes to add this race to her Ascot win. Friday also features the Flying Childers Stakes & May Hill Stakes, plus the Mallard Stakes. On the 90th anniversary of the world-famous Flying Scotsman emerging from Doncaster Works, the Flying Scotsman Stakes (won by Frankel in 2010) is now upgraded & re-named in honour of the iconic steam engine.
ST LEGER DAY 4
St Leger Day is the highlight of the Festival, featuring top-class races: the Champagne Stakes and ultra-competitive Portland Handicap sprint. The showpiece race; the St Leger, is the last of the 5 most prestigious Classic races in the UK Flat racing calendar and final leg of the British ‘Triple Crown’, last won in 1970 by Nijinsky. With a record £600,000 prize-fund the race attracts the best horses, with a glittering roll of honour including some of the most acclaimed horses in history.
DONCASTER RACECOURSE ENCLOSURES, FACILITIES, RESTAURANTS & HOSPITALITY
The exclusive Premier Suite and Bar is located on the third floor of the Main Stand, from where you’ll have a ‘bird’s eye’ views of the racecourse.
The impressive County Enclosure is where you’ll and enjoy the ultimate social experience with access to the Capital FM Champagne Lawn and Silks Champagne Bar & Restaurant.
The Grandstand Enclosure offers racegoers close-up access to the Parade Ring and a great selection of food to enjoy ‘on the go’ from the Food Court.
Note: Note: Kids go free in all enclosures except hospitality suites. For a more relaxed atmosphere choose the Family Enclosure, offering a great value day out at the races.
Don’t race off after the racing ends for the day! Doncaster Racecourse has a great selection of live entertainment for you after the last race each day:
- County Enclosure Champagne Lawn: live music Thursday, Friday, Saturday
- Grandstand Enclosure Exhibition Hall: live music St Leger Festival Saturday
- County Enclosure: live music St Leger Festival Saturday
- Doncaster Racecourse St Leger Festival restaurants and hospitality are extremely popular, constantly receiving top ratings, and awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.
Day 3 of the St Leger Festival is traditionally a corporate affair and the Doncaster Racecource array of private boxes and hospitality suites offers plenty of choice for businesses to enjoy and offer their guests corporate hospitality whilst watching the very best racing action.
The Champagne Pavilion Restaurant is set in a specially designed marquee on the Champagne Lawn, among manicured gardens that spread out towards the course itself. A very popular choice for the social racegoer, the Champagne Lawn is perfect for an action-packed day at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.
The Lincoln Restaurant is exclusive to the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival. This is Doncaster Racecourse’s most prestigious dining experience, so expect star-class service, fine dining and all the frills. You and your guests will be impressed from the word go.
The Conduit Bistro Restaurant located on the second floor of our main stand, has a stylish yet more relaxed atmosphere than the Lincoln Restaurant. Floor to ceiling glass windows offer you great views of the course and plasma screens ensure you’ll never miss any of the racing action. During the St Leger Festival your drinks are included, except for Champagne.
Club 1776: Restaurants & Private Chalets let you enjoy the social spectacle of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival from a choice of two trackside restaurants including the new Triple Crown Restaurant. Cleverly positioned alongside the Winning Post, Triple Crown marquee restaurant serves up great food and action packed views.
For parties of over 30 guests choose the Cusworth Private Chalet package and enjoy an exclusive experience all of your own. Parties of less than 12 in Triple Crown and Minster may be on a shared table.
A private box at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival is the best way to enjoy complete exclusivity if your party size exceeds 20 guests. A private box offers superb views of the racecourse both through the glass and when you step out on to your own private balcony.
PRIVATE BOX PACKAGES:
- CHAMPAGNE package: A full inclusive bar of house champagne, spirits, house wines and soft drinks
- MAYFLOWER package: Inclusive bar of spirits, house wines, beers & soft drinks
- BREWSTER package: Inclusive house wines, beers & soft drinks
- CREDIT Bar: A fully stocked bar to be paid upon departure
- CASH Bar: A fully stocked bar, Pay as you go
Drinks packages can only be added with private box bookings.
DONCASTER RACECOURSE: REGARDED AS ONE OF THE FINEST RACECOURSES IN EUROPE
Home to 2 of the world’s oldest races, the Doncaster Cup first run in 1766 and the St Leger inaugurated 10 years later and the first Classic ever run, the racecourse at Town Moor in the heart of Doncaster in South Yorkshire, has been drawing crowds for centuries.
Convenient for nearby Sheffield and Leeds, with links to the A1, M1, M18 and M62, Doncaster Racecourse is also easily accessible for most areas of the UK.
Families are welcome and accompanied children under 18 enter FREE with free entertainment on race-days.
Doncaster Racecourse is the busiest turf racecourse in the UK, hosting a mixture of 35 National Hunt and Flat race meetings each year, including the oldest Classic, the St. Leger Festival.
FLAT COURSE: Left-hand almost perfectly flat track with a run-in of just over 4f. High numbers best on the straight course.
JUMPS COURSE: Left-hand pear shaped track almost perfectly flat with a run-in of just over 240yds. Eleven very easy fences and seven hurdles per circuit.
Following a £34 million redevelopment including an impressive new 4-story grandstand, Doncaster Racecourse is possibly the best horse racing venue in the whole of Yorkshire, where racegoers can enjoy an amazing race-day experience at a world-class venue.
The main stand includes stunning new private hospitality suites, a range of places to eat & drink + luxury dining experiences.
A day at the races is as casual or as formal as you wish. For many it’s an excuse to dress up, especially on Ladies Day when best outfits and hats are de rigueur.
DONCASTER RACECOURSE ON THE MAP & RACECOURSE CONTACT INFORMATION
|Address:||Doncaster Racecourse, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6BB|
|Tel:||013 023 04200|
|Admission: (non-festival race-days)||Members £16; Grandstand £10; Family Enclosure £4; Under 16s free all enclosures|
|Road:||Course is E of town off the A638 (M18 Jcts 3 &4)|
|Rail:||1hr 30 mins Kings Cross to Doncaster Central + bus or £4 taxi|