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With our double header Racing Post Trophy meeting now just a week away, preparations are gearing up here at Doncaster for what is always a hotly contested and highly popular event with the punters.

We now also have some interesting entries for the second day of the meet on Saturday, October 22 and the main Group 1 feature, the Racing Post Trophy race.

Won last year by Casamento with Frankie Dettori on board for Mohamed Al Zarooni, entries this time around are led by Aiden O’Brien, with potential runners to include next year’s Investec Derby favourite Camelot, Beresford Stakes winner David Livingstone and Royal Lodge winner Daddy Long Legs.

Other interesting prospects for the big race include Roger Varian-trained Ektihaam, which won on its first outing at Doncaster last month. To buy tickets to this meeting or our Spook-tacular Halloween Thriller on Saturday, October 29, call on 01302 304200 or visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk.

Jockeys Kieren Fox and Richard Hughes have already fallen foul of the amended rules over use of the whip. Both were found to have used it too frequently in the final furlong at Salisbury. Hughes who exceeded the limit of five counts in the final furlong by a stroke claimed afterwards that he’d have to go back to school to learn how to count.

Fox’s offence was more excessive and he now incurs a 15 day ban, to Hughes five. AThe stewards said the penalties for breaking the new rules were severe but necessary and it may be the case that the threat of a sharp slap on the wrists will help jockeys adapt all the faster.

Town Moor is celebrating off the track this week having hosted the highly prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire White Tourism Awards for the first time. Doncaster is very proud to play its part in that, as an awards host and as a first class destination for sport, leisure and business.

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