Doncaster St Leger Festival 2012 gets underway

New name: The Crown Hotel.
New name: The Crown Hotel.
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THE runners and riders are under starter’s orders - as the St Leger Festival gets under way today in Doncaster.

Racing does not start at Town Moor until Wednesday - but the programme of entertainment in the town centre building up to the Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes starts today.

Racecourse bosses say they expect the four-day St Leger meeting to see more than 60,000 people descend on Doncaster, with this year’s race viewed as special by experts because one horse, Camelot, has the chance to win the Triple Crown - the hat-trick of winning the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, The Derby at Epsom and the St Leger.

Camelot already has the first two and the triple feat has not been achieved since 1970s.

Businesses are joining in the spirit. The Crown Hotel in Bawtry has changed its name to The Triple Crown to mark the festival.

Director Craig Dowie said the hotel would carry its new name until the final day of the festival.

He said: “It is a really fun way for us to get involved with the event and mark what will be a historic occasion at Town Moor.”

Today will see the festival entertainment start in Doncaster town centre, with military re-enactors posing as Roman soldiers.