McFly - band on the run

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We’re looking forward to a great meeting at Doncaster Racecourse tomorrow with McFly playing live after racing, the multi-million record selling band appearing on the stage for a 90 minute set.

The opener, a Maiden Fillies event over the straight mile has entries from some of the top yards in the UK, including Godolphin’s boys in blue .

An impressive 50 have entered for the third race on the card, a seven furlong handicap.

The One Call Insurance Handicap at 3.45pm, a Class 2 event, is the feature race and with 36 entered we should see a good field line up for the £20,000 contest. And there are similarly good entries in the Class 3 handicap over five furlongs at 4.20pm.

Although a short break in the racing calendar follows this exciting night for Doncaster, it’s still all systems go with preparations for the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, less than a month later.

The groundstaff have been working hard with the Leger in mind for some time but the focus really shifts once the final race is run on Saturday.

With three of the four days racing being covered by Channel 4, it’s the opportunity for our team to show off their talents to the wider racing audience and it is of course a great showcase for the town itself.

The aims for the Festival will be to produce safe ground in top condition for all equine competitors, along with beautifully lawned areas for our human guests to enjoy too!

Canford Cliffs has been retired to stud owing to the detection of a slight injury.

He retires with an impressive record with 5 Group 1 victories from his 11 starts and career earnings just shy of £1m.

Big news also broke that Barry Hills the legendary trainer is due to retire next week. The trainer, who launched his training career in 1969 on the proceeds of a gamble on Frankincense in the previous season’s Lincoln Handicap, has trained almost 3200 winners including 10 British and Irish Classics

For more information on Doncaster or to buy tickets, go to www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call 01302 304200.