Danedream shock in Arc

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Last weekend saw some fantastic racing to go with the beautiful weather and nowhere were the rays more brilliant than at Longchamp.

A tremendous day’s racing just outside Paris on Sunday saw an unexpected result in the highly prized Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The result of the Arc confirmed that racing can fulfil even the wildest dreams, when the German trained Danedream won in stellar company at odds of 20-1.

This year’s renewal provided an extremely competitive field which included the globetrotting filly Snow Fairy, two of Ballydoyles big guns in St Nicholas Abbey and So You Think, the French trained favourite Sarafina, our own Workforce and last year’s Ladbrokes St Leger winner, Masked Marvel.

The BHA has completed its review of the whip in racing and as a result new guidelines will be in place later this month. There will be a reduction in the permitted frequency of use and tougher penalties for those that break the new rules. Leading jockeys Frankie Dettori and Tony McCoy and leading trainers Sir Henry Cecil and Paul Nichols have all spoken in support of the guidelines.

The two day Racing Post Trophy meeting, starting on Friday, October 21, and the flat season finale Betfred November Handicap on Saturday, November 5, are the next set of prestigious race meetings scheduled to for Doncaster Racecourse, with the start of the new National Hunt season at Town Moor to follow on November 25.

And off the track we’re also in for a ‘Spook-tacular’ treat when X-Factor and a host of other stars descend on Town Moor for a frighteningly good night, which will feature a monster fireworks display.

A wide variety of ticket and hospitality options for the Racing Post Trophy meeting and November Handicap are available and Spook-tacular tickets are now on sale. For more information or to book, go to www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call 01302 304200.