Doncaster Racecourse is synonymous with the St Leger, and England’s oldest classic has been run at the Town Moor venue since 1776. The season’s highlight has been won by flat racing greats like Nijinsky (Triple Crown Winner of 1971), Dunfermline (won for the Queen in 1977), the 1987 Derby Winner Reference Point, and more recently the future Breeders’ Cup winner Conduit.
Doncaster Racecourse is also home to many more prestigious flat races, including the Lincoln Handicap, The Doncaster Cup and The May Hill Stakes. However, it’s second most important race is arguably The Racing Post Trophy, which has been used as a stepping stone to Classic success by horses such as High Chaparral, Motivator, Authorized and Kingston Hill.
However, Doncaster also hosts a series of exciting jumps meeting throughout the autumn and winter months, with January’s Yorkshire Chase the highlight. Meanwhile, trainer Nicky Henderson often likes to let his better Chasers experience this big galloping track, and the likes of Sprinter Sacre and Might Bite both won here as novices.
The Flat Track
A galloping, mainly flat left-handed track which trainers and jockeys alike think is one of the fairest courses in the country. A long straight gives horses plenty of time to get into a challenging position, though challenging too wide isn’t recommended. That also applies to the straight course, where races from 5 furlongs to a mile are run, and a draw near either rail can often be an advantage.
The Jumps Tracks
The hurdles track and chase track follow the same configurations as the flat track, and speedier types who can adopt a good early position and go a decent pace throughout are often at an advantage in truly run races. The chase course is an especially good test of a horse’s jumping ability, with the last ditch being notorious for causing race-losing mistakes.
Doncaster Top Trainers
Richard Fahey has numerically been the top trainer here in the last 3 seasons but, just like at many courses, he shows a big level-stakes loss. However, two trainers to definitely take note of are Roger Varian and Sir Michael Stoute. Varian’s 21 winners from 85 runners have produced a profit of £34.44, whilst Stoute’s 16 winners from 44 runners have produced a profit of £36.10.
Over jumps, the two trainers to note are Nicky Henderson and Alan King. Henderson enjoys a near 48% strike-rate here with his hurdlers and chasers for a profit of £17.67, whilst King’s 17 winners from 62 runners has netted a £26.75 profit.
Doncaster Top Jockeys
There’s no doubt who’s been the top flat jockey to follow at Doncaster in the last 3 seasons, with Andrea Atzeni stealing the show with his 26 winners from 99 rides netting a profit of £65.12.
Meanwhile, a jumps jockey to note is James Reveley, whose 14 winners from 63 rides has produced a £51.83 profit, whilst Nico De Boinville rides the course well with his 11 winners from 27 rides showing a profit of £15.38.