FRIDAY and Saturday provided two fantastic days of racing, with our KAT Communications Cash Back Raceday kicking off the action, producing a line up of great value entertainment.
A new slant on 2011’s award-winning Free Raceday, Friday’s event gave racegoers the chance to come along to Town Moor and experience the excitement and atmosphere of a day of racing – with a ‘cash back’ theme that meant the cost of tickets was effectively cancelled out in return for vouchers to spend on food and drink.
The day was all about making racing accessible, tempting people who perhaps wouldn’t normally consider attending to come along and try a fantastic day out that represents excellent value for money. And we had a really good response.
Hospitality and general admissions were strong, despite the weather, and it was an exciting day with seven hotly contested races that weren’t dampened by the heavy going, inevitable following the days of consecutive rain we have suffered. More than an inch of rain fell on the track the day before the Cash Back Raceday, which should give some indication of the conditions.
With lots of other racing, across the country called off, the fact that we were able to go ahead, despite the downpours, is testament to the condition of our track and the excellent drainage provided by the sand base we have at Town Moor.
Friday’s results were fairly predictable, with almost all races being claimed by the favourites; not a day for the bookies, who got their odds just about right but ended up putting more cash back into the pockets of the punters!
Saturday was a less predictable affair. The going was soft, and the weather unsettled with plenty of cloud and the odd shower. There were seven races, with only one of those being claimed by the favourite, and a total of three races featuring a favourite in the top three. The highlight was the 7:10pm which was won by 20/1 outsider War Poet, closely followed by 16/1 King’s Warrior – two very good bets if you picked them out.
We’re now looking forward to another evening’s racing tomorrow beginning at 5:50pm. There are six races, with the last at 8:30pm.
For more information about racing or events at Doncaster Racecourse, or to buy tickets, go to www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call our box office on 01302 511 918.