Warm weather and great racing on Saturday saw a crowd of 12,000 descend on Town Moor for the Unison race day, with plenty of thrilling performances to enjoy – and there’ll be more of the same at Doncaster on Saturday, August 13 when McFly play here live after racing.
Dance the Rain provided a bit of a surprise in the first race coming home in front under Royston French at odds of 14-1, narrowly seeing off David Simcock’s Ghost Protocol.
Seven went to post for the conditions stakes and Prime Defender trained by Barry Hills and ridden by Seb Sanders made all the running to score by two and three quarter lengths from Al Aasifh in the six furlong trip.
Another to make all the running was Swendab, ridden by Darryll Holland and trained by John O’Shea who won the third race of the day, a five furlong handicap
The day’s most valuable race, the £20,000, Unison ‘Speaking Up For Public Services’ Handicap, was won by Mick Easterby trained Barren Brook – the bay’s second victory in as many months.
The Festival at Goodwood lived up to its ‘Glorious’ billing with the mighty Frankel victorious in the race billed as the ‘Duel on the Downs’. His trainer Sir Henry Cecil believes that Frankel is probably the best he’s ever seen.
It will be great for our sport if he takes his place at the inaugural British Champions Day at Ascot in October.
One horse who made a favourable impression at Goodwood that we hope to see at Doncaster in September’s Ladbrokes St Leger is the Mark Johnston trained Namibian who was successful in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes.
Golden Circle and Champagne Lawn BBQ experience upgrade tickets are still available for the racing followed by live music from McFly event on August 13. Golden Circle tickets provide the closest possible public access to the main stage and the course’s summer BBQ experience.
For more information on Doncaster Racecourse or to buy tickets, go to www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call 01302 304200.