DONCASTER’S principal meeting over jumps, the two-day Sky Bet Chase Meeting this Friday and Saturday, features the richest race of the Jumping season on Town Moor .
Saturday’s The Sky Bet Chase, which offers prize money of £75,000 is complemented by a trio of Grade 2 races on Saturday afternoon, along with a valuable handicap chase taking the amount of prize money on offer during the day to over £200,000.
The Sky Bet Chase is a Handicap and Listed race over three miles and was first held at Doncaster in 1948 as The Great Yorkshire Chase. A quality turnout is expected for Saturday’s renewal, including potential Cheltenham Festival and Grand National contenders.
Highly-rated chaser, Calgary Bay (set to participate in the Grand National) is a likely contender for Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer, Henrietta Knight, while Fistral Beach, successful at Wincanton earlier this month for the champion trainer, Paul Nicholls and recent Newbury winner, West End Rocker could also take part in Saturday’s big race.
Saturday’s seven-race programme starts at 12.40pm. with The crownhotel-bawtry.com Handicap Hurdle. The chief supporting Grade 2 races are The skybet.com Doncaster Mares’ Hurdle (a £30,000 race over the extended two miles), The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (a £25,000 race for staying hurdlers The £40,000 skyvegas.com Handicap Chase over the extended two miles is also featured on Saturday, as Sky Bet sponsor at this meeting for the ninth year, supporting races on both days.
The action on Friday is scheduled to begin at 1.20pm, with The Pegler Yorkshire Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle. Other highlights are The Simpson Miller Novices’ Handicap Chase, The R.A. Beevers Handicap Chase, while The European Breeders’ Fund and Sheffield Insulations, combine to support a race for novice hurdlers.