Leger ticket sales on course for record figures, says racing boss

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BOSSES at Doncaster Racecourse say some of their St Leger packages are on the verge of selling out - six months in advance.

The tickets relate to both St Leger Day itself, and the Ladies Day which takes place on the Thursday of the St Leger Festival week.

Mark Spincer, managing director of Doncaster Racecourse, says the 2010 Leger festival was a record breaking event for the Town Moor course, seeing the biggest aggregate attendance across its four days in modern times.

It coincided with a week-long St Leger Festival being run in the borough for the first time, featuring events including the Doncaster Live music festival.

Mr Spincer said: “Having overseen my first Ladbrokes St Leger Festival last year, I was delighted with the overall performance.

“The current level of demand we are seeing for this year’s event, particularly in the hospitality market, is highly encouraging.

“Quite incredibly, some of our packages for Ladies Day and Ladbrokes St Leger Day are already on the verge of selling out.

“One of the key elements which made 2010 such a success was the involvement of the wider community and Doncaster Council in a week-long programme of festivities which contributed an additional £10 million of revenue for the local economy.

“This engagement clearly had a positive effect on our own ticket sales and is something I am sure the whole town is looking forward to again.

“For this year’s festival, with increasing corporate confidence on top of fantastic public enthusiasm, we are hopeful of another record breaking year and overall performance more in line with the pre-recession period.”