Doncaster Cup Race Day
Friday, 9th September 2010
The Doncaster Cup Day is a special occasion in its own right, although it is now part of the very special four days that make up the St. Leger Festival. The Doncaster Cup, the feature race of the third day of the meeting, is the longest running race of Doncaster Racecourse. With brief interruptions, due to World Wars, the Doncaster Cup has been run at this venue since 1766 - making it eleven years older that the St. Leger Stakes.
This is a Group 2 flat race that is open to three year olds and older thoroughbreds. It was established in 1766 and was originally called the Doncaster Gold Cup. It is the venue's oldest surviving race, predating the St Leger Stakes by ten years. It is run over a distance of two miles and two furlongs. It is one of Britain's leading events for horses that specialise in longer distances and is the final leg of the Stayers' Triple Crown.
Including the Doncaster Cup, the third festival day features seven races run between 1.35pm and 4.55pm:
Doncaster Cup Day Races
The accurate fixtures list for St Leger Doncaster Cup Day will be available closer to race day!
The Doncaster Cup Day is a great day for talent scouts for the coming season as well. If you are wondering which sprinters to bank on in the 2011 flat racing season, the Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes are a must fixture to attend; the young sprinters doing well in this event are liable to make an impression in their next season. The same holds true for the two-year-old fillies taking to the track in the May Hill Stakes. The 1 mile test is the most prestigious event for two-year-old fillies at the St. Leger Festival and successful contenders should be kept an eye on when they return for their three-year-old seasons.
Even racegoers impatiently waiting for the epic running of the St. Leger Stakes the Doncaster Cup Day will simply fly by. Packed with great events and some of the finest young talents the country has to offer, you won't even have time to think about the upcoming classic.