With a week to go before an exciting double header of racing here at Doncaster, which culminates on Saturday, June 25 with an after racing concert featuring Texas, all eyes are focused on Royal Ascot while we continue to work on the course having enjoyed a full card here last Sunday.
At the weekend the rain we’d been hoping for to ease the ground did arrive, but unfortunately only once we’d started racing.
It kept on coming down all afternoon which put a dampener on things somewhat but at least the pony rides we laid on for the kids kept a smile on everyone’s faces.
The day was brightened by the semi final of a national search to find a new female racing commentator. The first four races were called by each of the semi finalists and judged by a panel including Channel 4’s Leslie Graham.
They all did a fantastic job with Hayley Moore, sister of Ryan Moore coming out on top and going through to the final at Ascot next month. Credit to all of them, I certainly wouldn’t want to commentate on a 16 runner six furlong handicap in the rain!
Jamie Spencer and Michael Bell were in double form having won the second race on the card with Sovereign Debt they followed up in the final contest with Set to Music.
Another noteworthy success was James Given’s victory with Veroon in the day’s one mile handicap.
With all eyes firmly switched to Berkshire now, the superb event that is Royal Ascot continues apace.
The feature race on today’s fourth day is the Coronation Stakes, where Aiden O’Brien’s Together and the Hannon-trained Memory are leading contenders.
The fixture finishes tomorrow with the Golden Jubilee Stakes and the Wokingham Handicap the highlights of the final day.
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