As the festive season fast approaches, Doncaster is looking forward to its final fixture of the year, with the New Year National Hunt Meeting set for Thursday, December 29.
It’s another new fixture in this season’s jumps calendar at Town Moor and I’m sure we’ll have some more top class action to enjoy and hopefully a good crowd in as people make the most of the Christmas break.
Last weekend we had some outstanding performances here both on and off the track, with former world champion darts players Keith Deller and Eric Bristow taking on the punters in a nine dart challenge between races. And in the Victor Chandler Juvenile Hurdle, Royal Bonsai narrowly saw off Eagle Rock by half a length, with Donald McCain’s race favourite Kie close behind in third.
On December 29 we’re looking forward to a strong seven race card with the first getting underway at 12.10pm and the last at 3.30pm.
Tomorrow there are a couple of interesting races to look forward to at Ascot. In the Lough Derg Long Walk Hurdle at 2.30pm, can the improving Dynaste can get anywhere near the magnificent Big Bucks, who is the scorching odds-on favourite. Trained by Paul Nicholls he’s on an incredible run, undefeated in his last 13 hurdles starts. In the Ladbroke Hurdle at 3.35pm Nicholls again holds the trump cards with stable-mates Prospect Wells and Brampour set for an intriguing showdown. But Nicky Henderson’s Gibb River and Brian Ellison’s Abergavenny should also be in the mix.
There’s the King George at Kempton to whet the Boxing Day appetite. Now that the retirement of the great Denman has been confirmed it’s left for Kauto Star to fly the flag for the old guard in what should be another epic staging post on the road to Cheltenham.
For more information on Doncaster Racecourse, to book tickets or reserve your place at the West End to Broadway New Year’s Eve Ball, go to www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call 01302 304 200.