Only Fools and Horses star Boycie to ride into St Leger at Doncaster Racecourse

Only Fools and Horses star John Challis - aka Boycie.
Only Fools and Horses star John Challis - aka Boycie.
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Only Fools and Horses wheeler dealer Boycie is set to cut a few deals at this year's St Leger.

Actor John Challis, who played the flash car dealer in the much-loved British sitcom, will be guest of honour at Gentleman's Day at this year's event at Doncaster Racecourse.

The day, which features the Doncaster Cup, which is celebrating its 250 year anniversary, will see Boycie getting one up on Del Boy as he aims to cut a few deals with racegoers - and maybe pocket a bit of cash!

“Our Gentlemen’s Day was a huge success last year and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors in their droves once again for a superb race card,” said Abby Chandler, marketing manager at Doncaster Racecourse.

“We are delighted Boycie will be here to celebrate this extra special day with us and look forward to his charismatic charm captivating visitors.”

The Doncaster Cup was first run in 1766 on Cantley Common.

The race, originally known as the Doncaster Gold Cup, is run over 2 miles and 2 furlongs and is one of Britian’s leading events for horses who specialise in long distances – otherwise known as Stayers and is the final leg of the prestigious stayers’ triple crown.

Records show that the first horse to win back in 1766 was Charlotte in a race where only five horses ran. The race, which pre-dates the St. Leger Stakes, sees the best staying thoroughbreds in Britain and Ireland vying for the coveted winners title.

“We’ve got an extensive variety of ways to be part of the action this Gentlemen’s Day such as an opportunity for our visitors to win a seat on the DFS winning post sofa with Boycie and our very own ‘Rodney’ to watch the renowned Doncaster Cup,” continued Abby.

“We’ve also joined forces with the Doncaster Frenchgate centre to offer prizes for the best dressed male. So there’s really no excuse not to don your most outrageous attire and join us for a fun packed day of exceptional racing.”

The town is also getting behind the momentous 250th year anniversary of the world’s oldest horse race by creating a special art and artifacts exhibition at Doncaster Museum, the Doncaster Cup – Going for Gold display will be on show from 28 August – 5 November.

The Racecourse will also be paying homage to this remarkable slice of history with its own special display of historic artifacts including the original 1995 Doncaster Cup won by Double Trigger.

Gentlemen’s Day , where ladies are welcomed too, will take place on Friday 9 September – the third day of the iconic St Leger Festival. The first race of seven will take place at 13.55pm. Doors open at 11am.

To book tickets visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk