Doncaster Racecourse is one of the top horse racing courses in the UK. With a history that dates back to the 16th century, this course is home to two of the world’s oldest and most prestigious races. They offer a great schedule each year, including Flat and National Hunt races.
Map To Doncaster Racecourse
Address: Leger Way, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN2 6BB
Phone: 01302 304 200
History of Doncaster Racecourse
As mentioned, the Doncaster Racecourse is one of the oldest courses in Britain; however, its establishment almost did not happen. There was an attempt to close Doncaster down in 1600 because of the number of questionable characters it attracted. Those efforts were futile and the corporation went ahead with the development of the racecourse.
The first important race in Doncaster history was the Doncaster Gold Cup first ran over Cantley Common in 1766. It is the oldest continuously run horse race in the world. Ten years after the Doncaster Gold Cup was first run, the course was moved to its present location and the historic St Leger Stakes were founded – another of the world’s oldest classic horse races.
In 2007, Doncaster Racecourse underwent a £34 million development to update the course and all of its facilities. It is the only course that starts and ends the flat racing season on turf, and every year it hosts the prestigious four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, which is considered by many to be the sporting occasion of the Autumn season.
Notable Races at Doncaster Racecourse
There are plenty of notable races held at Doncaster every year. It is home to two of the world’s oldest horse races – the Doncaster Cup and St Leger Stakes, as part of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival. Other notable races include:
- 2-Y-O Stakes
- Cammidge Trophy
- Champagne Stakes
- Doncaster Mile Stakes
- Flying Childers Stakes
- Gillies Fillies ‘Stakes’
- Lincoln Handicap
- May Hill Stakes
- November Handicap
- Park Hill Stakes
- Park Stakes
- Portland Handicap
- Racing Post Trophy – Group 1
- Scarbrough Stakes
- Sceptre Stakes
- Wentworth Stakes
National Hunt Races
- River Don Novices’ Hurdle
- Sky Bet Chase
- William Hill Handicap Chase
How to Get to Doncaster Racecourse
- Doncaster has a convenient central location with links to the motorway network including M1 (junction 32), M18 (junctions 3/4), A1M (junction 36), and the M62.
- Doncaster Racecourse can be reached on the main London-Edinburgh line. Journey times from London are just an hour and 45 minutes and three hours from Edinburgh. The Racecourse is approximately two minutes from the train station.
Facilities at Doncaster Racecourse
Dinning – Doncaster Racecourse offers a few different options when it comes to dinning. The Country Restaurant is a perfect option for guests who are into a more relaxed environment. It features a team of skilled chefs that produce the finest ‘dressed buffet’. Guests can also opt for the Lincoln Restaurant in the Premiere Suite, which features a top wine list and a three course a la carte menu. Or reserve your place at Silks Champagne & Seafood Restaurant. This charming eatery is surrounded with some of the great Doncaster memorabilia and offers a menu featuring the finest seafood and champagne. Finally, Doncaster offers the option of corporate hospitality packages within one of their Private Boxes.
Conferences & Events – Doncaster is able for a variety of different conferences, exhibitions, and events such as weddings, receptions, and banquets. With excellent signage, parking, easy access, beautiful views, quality catering, and the most up-to-date facilities it makes the ideal setting for any of these occasions.
Disabled Access – Doncaster offers several disabled access points around the course as well as lifts to each level and hoist access to the Betting Ring and Parade Ring.