Doncaster Racecourse takes a cash hit

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DONCASTER Racecourse received a reduced purse but still had plenty of positives to draw on following their rearranged Lincoln Handicap on Saturday.

Snow had forced the huge event’s postponement the previous weekend, meaning there were around 40 per cent fewer people able to attend.

That represented a sizeable hit on revenue, according to Mark Spincer, Managing Director at the course.

Speaking of the moving of the event to Easter Saturday he said: “It wasn’t ideal, but we had to respond and get the race on quickly as possible.

“It will cost us tens of thousands of pounds, from what we actually would have made, it’s unfortunate but there was nothing we could do.

“Corporate (business) was really hit, we must have lost 60 per cent of our corporate clients. That was because we had to stage it at Easter, if it hadn’t have been we would have retained a greater amount of those.”

Spincer gave an honest appraisal of where the Doncaster course rates in the sporting hierarchy.

“We are definitely up there. We are like Everton, pushing to get into Europe, whether we will or not, is kind of debatable, but we are not quite Chelsea Man United or Man City!”

The Lincoln, the first big race of the new Flat racing season was won by Levitate ridden by Darren Egan.

The 20-1 chance, trained by John Quinn, edged out Global Village (14-1) and last year’s winner Brae Hill (14-1). Egan, who had never ridden Levitate before, told the BBC: “My instructions were to get him across just behind the leaders, I got a bit of luck when he picked up and he stuck his head out to the line. I was confident (on the line) but couldn’t be 100% sure.”