SUMMER arrived at Town Moor just in time for a great evening of racing here last Thursday and a fantastic weekend of action at Ascot.
Our meeting faced six great line-ups with the first race of the day claimed by Fear Nothing at 11/1. The five-year-old, trained by Helmsley-based David O’Meara, had a brave run to beat 20/1 outsider Spirit of Coniston who really turned it up a gear in the final furlong, but couldn’t quite do enough to win.
The second race was another thriller as 16/1 Dusky Queen raced beautifully to see off competition from 13/8 favourite Pompeia in a maiden fillies’ stake, with the hotly tipped two-year-old eventually finishing third. The third was a tight run affair, with Unsinkable beating favourite Tickle Time over six furlongs.
The biggest race of the evening was claimed by favourite Dance And Dance. The 9/1 shot Art Scholar took the fifth race and 7/2 joint favourite Calculated Risk beat off Mistress of Rome (11/2) and Feisty Champion also at 7/2 to win the final race.
The eyes of the racing world were on Ascot over the weekend, with the Queen among the spectators there to watch the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes. There was an exciting build up to the 4:35pm race, with a surprise result in the 3:20pm Summer Mile. The class one mile-long race was won by 33/1 shot Fanunalter, with favourite Carlton House at 4/7 nowhere in sight, crossing the line in fifth.
In the big race, with a prize fund of more than £560,000 up for grabs, ten horses took to the track to run the 1m4f distance.
It was the German filly, Danedream, at odds of 9/1 that scooped the prestigious title, beating Nathaniel by a nose on the line.
Following a big weekend of racing at Ascot, I could be forgiven for looking ahead to our own classic, the St Leger in September. However, as we continue to plan for what will be four wonderful days, there is still a packed programme of racing to come in the meantime at Town Moor. We have another good set of cards tomorrow followed by our UNISON For Public Services raceday on Saturday, August 4.
For more information about any of our forthcoming races or events or to buy tickets, go to www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call our box office on 01302 511 918.