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Horse racing at Doncaster
Doncaster is a left-handed track of just short under 2m round and one of the oldest in Britain with records of regular race meetings going back to the 16th century. There are courses for Flat and National Hunt horse racing, though the track is better known for the former. It hosts two of Great Britain’s 31 Group 1 flat races, the St Leger Stakes and the Racing Post Trophy. Dunfermline famously carried the colours of Her Majesty The Queen to victory in the former in 1977. The earliest important race in the track’s history was the Doncaster Gold Cup, first run over Cantley Common in 1766. It is also home to the first big betting race of the flat season, the Lincoln Handicap.
Delightful Doncaster betting tips on offer at Hurdle Bet
Doncaster betting tips begin with a January meeting over jumps that contains the SkyBet Handicap Chase and three Grade 2 contests; the Doncaster Mares’ Hurdle, the River Don Novices’ Hurdle – which is a trial for the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival – and the Lightning Novices’ Chase over 2m. While the former was won by Vroum Vroum Mag, she was beaten by Apple’s Jade when defending her Mares’ Hurdle crown at Cheltenham. The Grimthorpe Chase, a key trial for the Aintree Grand National, is the big jumps race to come under the Hurdle Bet spotlight in March. Doncaster betting tips for the flat come into their own for the four-day St Leger Festival in September, though. It features two Group 1 contests, the St Leger and Racing Post Trophy. The St Leger is the world’s oldest Classic contest and the fifth and final of the British flat racing calendar. It is also the final leg of the colts’ Triple Crown, which begins with the 2000 Guineas and continues with the Derby at Epsom. It also completes the fillies’ Triple Crown, following on from the 1000 Guineas, held at Newmarket, and The Oaks. Nijinsky completed the former Triple Crown in 1970, whilst Oh So Sharp did it for the fillies in 1985. The Racing Post Trophy is a 1m race for two-year-old horses and often produces Classic contenders for the following season. In recent times Motivator (2004), Authorized (2006) and Camelot (2011) all won it before going on the capture The Derby. December sees a return to jumps action with two more Grade 2 contests, the Summit Juvenile Hurdle and 3m December Novices’ Chase.