ROYAL Ascot has of course been the focus of the racing world’s attention, with last week’s five-day showcase proving to be a thrilling spectacle.
The renowned meeting - which took place between Tuesday, June 19 and Sunday, June 24 – got off to a stunning start, with the irrepressible Frankel claiming his eleventh straight victory in the Queen Anne Stakes on the opening day.
I was lucky enough to be there myself to watch his devastating run and it is easy to see why the mighty four year old is being talked about as not only the best horse in the world, but the best ever. The Sir Henry Cecil trained thoroughbred destroyed the field, with second place Excelebration some 11-lengths behind.
In less convincing style, Australian mare Black Caviar closed off the five day meeting with a nail-biting victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Maintaining her unbeaten record, the six year old narrowly won the race - the 22nd victory of her career and her first win outside her homeland.
The horse brought with her an entourage of nine, including a vet, a chiropractor and a farrier for the race, at a total cost including transport of nearly £100,000. But she proved her worth with her win, despite it emerging after the race, that she was suffering from soft tissue damage.
Closer to home, we’re looking forward to a big weekend of racing, with a two day meeting that begins on Friday. The first raceday, Friday, June 29 will feature a strong line-up and will be the perfect build-up to what is set to be a sell-out fixture, our Construction Index live music raceday featuring Madness, taking place tomorrow.
We’re expecting a capacity crowd of 20,000 to descend on Town Moor for a great evening of racing followed by a live performance by the iconic ska band – it’s set to be a fantastic occasion. At the start of this week there were only 200 tickets left, so anyone wishing to attend the raceday will need to pre-order tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, as we don’t expect that any will be available on the day.
For more information about any of our forthcoming races or events at Doncaster Racecourse, or to buy tickets, go to www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call our box office on 01302 511 918.