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The Ladbrokes St Leger Festival



Wednesday 7th September

The Festival kicks off with a bang when retired celebrities of the saddle dust off their breeches and return to action in the feature event competing in the charity race, a contest run on the straight mile. The Leger Legends race helps raise money for the the Northern Racing College and Jack Berry House, a rehabilitation facility for injured jockeys.

Thursday 8th September

DFS Ladies day is the ultimate in glitz and glamour and one of South Yorkshire’s biggest social occasions. Fashionable Ladies from across the region will be upping their efforts to stand out in the style stakes, in a bid to claim the coveted Best Dressed Lady title so make sure you get your best dress and heels at the ready!

Friday 9th September

The penultimate day of the iconic Festival, now known as Gentlemen’s day, attracts some of the most prestigious racing of the week, with the Doncaster Cup, celebrating its 250 year anniversary, the oldest race currently run under the Rules of Horse Racing, taking centre-stage.

Saturday 10th September

The Ladbrokes St Leger Festival’s flagship day brings the four days to a dramatic climax. The biggest day of the week and home to the World’s oldest Classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes

The Doncaster Cup, first run in the town in 1766 and is now in its 250th year. First staged 10 years before the inaugural running of the world’s oldest Classic, the St Leger, the Group Two feature today forms part of the Quipco British Champions’ Series and is the final leg of the prestigious stayers’ triple crown.

Originally called the Doncaster Gold Cup and run over four miles, the race took place at Cantley Common until moving to Town Moor in 1776. Today the best staying thoroughbreds in Britain and Ireland compete over two and a quarter miles on the Friday of the St Leger Festival.

The most successful horse was Beeswing, who won the Doncaster Cup four times between 1837 and 1842, while the winning-most jockey was Joe Mercer who took his tally to eight with back-to-back triumphs on the great Le Moss in 1979 and 1980.

Cecil Boyd-Rochfort made the race his own with seven wins between 1934 and 1963, a record equalled only by his stepson, the late Sir Henry Cecil, who warmed modern-day crowds with the likes of Buckskin (1978), Le Moss and Ardross in 1982.

However, the most celebrated winner in the modern era is Mark Johnston’s popular chestnut Double Trigger, whose victory in 1995 saw him complete the stayers’ triple crown – the Ascot Gold Cup, the Goodwood Cup and, of course, the Doncaster Cup. Trigger’s three wins are commemorated by a bronze statue adjacent to the racecourse’s main grandstand.

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Don't race home after the last! We have some great live entertainment in store around the racecourse throughout the week...

The Warning Tones

Champagne Lawn – Thursday 8th September

The Warning Tones have a high energy and are great fun! This party band has been specifically designed for large scale functions. It’s all about the fun and excitement of a brilliant night, and they don’t stop until everybody is dancing. No stranger to Doncaster they go down really well with the racing crowd.

Watch: vimeo.com/67248854


Ministry Party Band

Champagne Lawn – Friday 9th September

The band pride themselves on providing you with a totally unique experience by incorporating only the best song choices, cool improvisation, quirky links and exciting breakdowns into their show – making each song their own with their musical flair, vast gigging experience and raw passion for performing. This is live music as it's meant to be!

Watch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIRReBcnzCM


Switch Band

Champagne Lawn – Saturday 10th September

Switch are five piece female fronted band from Newcastle. They recreate the very best music from the past decades as well as all the fresh killer hits of today. Their repertoire includes Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Queen and many more.

Watch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dGSRDYyCKc


The Wanderland Band

Roaming the course – Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th September

The Wanderland Band are a leading UK acoustic roaming band who look to inject fun and energy into their performances. The band consists of male vocals, percussion, upright bass, acoustic guitar and sax. The band has a repertoire spanning over 50 years including songs from the Beatles and Stevie Wonder to Bruno Mars and Olly Murs.

Watch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSfWsITMj40


Simply Strings

Premier Suite – Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th September

Yorkshire's favourite String Trio, Simply Strings are experts in adding that touch of finesse to your special day, whether it be a wedding, corporate event or another unique occasion. Unlike the usual string quartet, Simply Strings are three talented musicians with the shared experience of more than 30 years of professional playing.

Watch: www.simplystringstrio.co.uk/

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There are four main ticket types

Premier Enclosure / County Enclosure / Grandstand Enclosure / Family Enclosure

Premier Enclosure

Situated on the third floor of the main Grandstand, the Premier Enclosure allows for uninterrupted views of the racecourse. We limit the number of guests to ensure exclusivity, maximum comfort and first-class service.

County Enclosure

Modern and comfortable facilities across three floors of the main Grandstand and offers a great choice of bars and a variety of places to eat. Viewing access to the Parade Ring and Winners' Enclosure, plus a Ladbrokes betting shop and on-course bookmakers. The County Enclosure is also the home to the Champagne Lawn: the place to be during our numerous summer racedays. Find our popular restaurant and bar, The Old Weighing Room, right here too.

Grandstand Enclosure

Light, modern and spacious, the Grandstand Enclosure benefits from a great choice of bars and places to eat, all situated at ground-floor level. The seated Food Court (up the escalator to the first floor) has plenty of choice. You can choose to stay inside or step outside on to our seated terrace. Overlooking the racecourse, it allows for views of the Parade Ring and Winners' Enclosure. The Grandstand Enclosure features a Ladbrokes betting shop and ample outdoor space for on-course bookmakers.

Family Enclosure

The Family Enclosure offers everything for the whole family within one area. Picnics are allowed (no alcohol). The Family Enclosure features a Tote betting facility, on-course bookmakers and a cash-point with occasional children's entertainment. A four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival pass is just £37.50 - and under 18s go free when accompanied by a paying adult (ID may be required).

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Best Dressed Lady 2016

The Best Dressed Lady competition is one on the highlights of the Festival, where the finest fillies get glammed up in an attempt to win a glittering array of fantastic prizes.

Our crack team of fashion scouts will be scouring the racecourse on the day. If you want to be on their hit-list, make sure you are in one of the below locations:

  • Main County Enclosure reception
  • The Champagne Lawn area
  • The Centre Course Marquee
  • All restaurants
  • Around the 'Double Trigger' bronze statue in the Grandstand Enclosure

The winner of the coveted title will then go on to represent Doncaster Racecourse in the final of 'Yorkshire's Best Dressed Lady 2016' - to be held at our Racing Post Trophy meeting in October.

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The past four winners of the Ladbrokes St Leger...

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2015 Simple Verse Andrea Atzeni Ralph Beckett
2014 Kingston Hill Andrea Atzeni R.Varian
2013 Leading Light J O'Brien Aidan O'Brien
2012 Enke M Barzalona Mahmood Al Zarooni

See a full list of past Ladbrokes St Leger winners here - www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/about-us/history/stlegerwinners

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2015 Best Dressed Lady Shares Amazing Experience

Doncaster’s Best Dressed Lady from the St Leger DFS Ladies Day 2015, Kirsty Booth, has enjoyed a year of fun since winning the coverted prize but wasn’t prepared for what might happen on her trip to New York!


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A history of raceday fashion

Dressing up for the races has been a summertime British tradition for over one hundred years. A much awaited occasion for ladies to demonstrate sartorial prowess; mastering the balance between race course etiquette and being on trend is crucial to getting the look just right.


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250 years of DON cup

First run in 1766 and celebrating its 250 year anniversary in 2016, the iconic Doncaster Cup is the oldest race currently run under the Rules of Horse Racing and takes place as the final leg of the ‘stayers’ Triple Crown, following on from the Ascot Gold Cup and the Goodwood Cup at Glorious Goodwood.


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World’s oldest classic

No horse race can boast a history as rich as the Ladbrokes St. Leger which forms the final leg of the Classic British ‘Triple Crown’ – an accolade last claimed in 1970 by Nijinsky. The World’s oldest classic, the Ladbrokes St. Leger consistently attracts some of the leading stables across the country.


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make your day even more special

Private dining

The best way to enjoy complete exclusivity for groups of 20 or more. Look forward to living the high life with knockout views of the course when you step out on to your own private balcony.

Choose a dining package:

Imperial Menu

  • Pommery Champagne Reception with canapés
  • Luxury four-course plated lunch
  • Yorkshire cheese board served with Port
  • Full classic afternoon tea with Pommery Champagne

Plus as standard all packages include:

  • Private Box admission
  • Hospitality dining package
  • Car parking
  • Raceday programmes
  • Racing newspapers
  • Dedicated host for the day
  • Totepool betting facility
  • Private bar
  • Private balcony


Prices for this package start from:

Wednesday 7 September - £202.50 +VAT

Thursday 8 September - £265.00 +VAT

Friday 9 September - £255.00 +VAT

Saturday 10 September - £305.00 +VAT

Cusworth Menu

  • Coffee and biscuits on arrival
  • Champagne reception
  • Luxury four-course plated lunch
  • After-lunch coffee and Yorkshire fudge
  • Full classic afternoon tea

Plus as standard all packages include:

  • Private Box admission
  • Hospitality dining package
  • Car parking
  • Raceday programmes
  • Racing newspapers
  • Dedicated host for the day
  • Totepool betting facility
  • Private bar
  • Private balcony


Prices for this package start from:

Wednesday 7 September - £172.50 +VAT

Thursday 8 September - £235.00 +VAT

Friday 9 September - £225.00 +VAT

Saturday 10 September - £275.00 +VAT

Brodsworth Menu

  • Coffee and biscuits on arrival
  • Three-course lunch
  • After-lunch coffee and Yorkshire fudge
  • Light afternoon tea

Plus as standard all packages include:

  • Private Box admission
  • Hospitality dining package
  • Car parking
  • Raceday programmes
  • Racing newspapers
  • Dedicated host for the day
  • Totepool betting facility
  • Private bar
  • Private balcony


Prices for this package start from:

Wednesday 7 September - £149.50 +VAT

Thursday 8 September - £210.00+VAT

Friday 9 September - £200.00 +VAT

Saturday 10 September - £250.00 +VAT


Then add a drinks package:

Platinum - £80.00 +VAT

TBC

Champagne - £66.00 +VAT

A full inclusive bar of house Champagne, spirits, house wines, beers and lagers and soft drinks.

Mayflower - £48.00 +VAT

A full inclusive bar of spirits, house wines, beers and soft drinks

Brewster - £37.50 +VAT

House wines, beers and soft drinks

Credit Bar

A fully stocked bar to be paid upon departure†

Cash Bar

A fully stocked bar, pay as you go


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Thursday 8 September

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Club 1776 Marquee

Enjoy the social spectacle of the Ladbrokes St. Leger Festival from a choice of two trackside restaurants and private chalets.

Your package includes:

  • Club 1776 Marquee admission
  • Car parking
  • Raceday programmes
  • Racing newspapers
  • Dedicated host for the day
  • Totepool betting facility
  • Private bar facility

Menu Options:

Triple Crown Restaurant

  • Coffee and biscuits on arrival
  • Champagne reception
  • Gourmet buffet & Chef's table carvery
  • After-lunch coffee
  • Finest afternoon tea
  • Fully inclusive bar†

Cusworth Private Chalet

  • Coffee and biscuits on arrival
  • Champagne reception
  • Luxury four-course plated lunch
  • After-lunch coffee
  • Classic afternoon tea
  • Fully inclusive bar†
  • Minimum of 30 guests

Minster Restaurant (Saturday Only)

  • Available on Saturday 10 September only
  • Coffee and biscuits on arrival
  • Three-course plated lunch
  • After-lunch coffee
  • Light afternoon tea
  • Cash bar with table drinks service

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The Old Weighing Room Restaurant & Bar

Quality British cuisine featuring locally-sourced Yorkshire ingredients

The Old Weighing Room – enjoy walk-in hospitality during the Leger Festival in our newest restaurant and bar. See www.theoldweighingroom.co.uk for the latest menu options.

Please note, your table will not be reserved for the day.



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Enjoy hospitality in our restaurants

Ideal for corporate entertaining, a family celebration or getting together with a group of friends, hospitality guarantees a reserved table for the duration of the day.

Lincoln Restaurant

Enjoy fine dining and all the frills in this prestigious restaurant experience... Exclusive to the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.

  • Premier Enclosure admission
  • Champagne on arrival
  • Three-course fine dining menu
  • Classic afternoon tea
  • Raceday programme
  • Exclusive outdoor viewing terrace
  • Table-service drinks (cash bar)
  • Totepool betting facility
  • A dedicated table for the entire day


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Saturday 10 September

Conduit Restaurant

Still stylish and a touch more relaxed than the Lincoln Restaurant, the Conduit is located on the second floor of our main stand

  • County Enclosure admission
  • Three-course lunch
  • Raceday programme
  • Full inclusive bar†
  • Table-service drinks
  • Totepool betting facility
  • A dedicated table for the entire day


SOLD OUT ON:

Thursday 8 September

Friday 9 September

Saturday 10 September


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Hallam FM Champagne Pavilion Marquee

Set in a specially designed marquee on the Hallam FM Champagne Lawn, among manicured gardens that spread out towards the course...

Your package includes:

  • Marquee admission
  • Three-course Chef’s buffet (A sumptuous starter selection of dressed salads, artisan breads, continental meats and seafood. Then enjoy a mouth-watering carvery, followed by a delightful array of desserts)
  • Raceday programme
  • Cash bar with table drinks service
  • Immediate access to the Hallam FM Champagne Lawn
  • Totepool betting facility
  • Reserved table (shared)

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Doncaster Racecourse

Located in the heart of Yorkshire, Doncaster Racecourse hosts 36 fixtures across the National Hunt and Flat racing season. Steeped in history, we've been home to the world famous Ladbrokes St. Leger since 1776 and host racedays all year round.

To find where everything is, from our many food outlets to betting facilities download our course map.

Need somewhere to stay?

Check out our list of local accommodation.

Why not upgrade?

Upgrades are available on the day, subject to availability, but we advise you buy your tickets or badges in advance to avoid disappointment.

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GETTING HERE

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By Car

The central location makes it easy to reach Doncaster Racecourse by motorway. The course boasts excellent links to the motorway network including M1(jnc 32), M18 (jncs 3/4), A1M (jnc 36) and the M62.

By Train / Bus

By train: The racecourse is just two-and-a-half miles from Doncaster Interchange, which is positioned on the Kings Cross to Edinburgh (East Coast Main Line). Journey time by rail from London to Doncaster is approximately 90 minutes and from Doncaster to Edinburgh approximately three hours.

By Raceday shuttle bus: A shuttle service runs between the Racecourse and Doncaster Interchange for all race meetings. It will commence from the Interchange at approximately the time of gate opening and continue until just after the time of our first race.

The return journey (which will stop at a designated point on sound of the bell) will start just after the penultimate race, and continue until approximately one hour after the last race. If there is entertainment following racing the service will continue until this has finished. Shuttle Bus information is subject to change and may be amended or withdrawn without prior notice. From £1.50 single, £2.50 return. Please check the Travel South Yorkshire website.

By Air

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is less than seven miles from Doncaster Racecourse, serving selected European destinations. Also within easy reach are Manchester, Leeds Bradford and Nottingham East Midlands Airports.

Parking

The following car parks will be operational for the four days and will be signposted and shown on relevant parking passes:

Car Park A Public car park - £5 per vehicle and owners and trainers on Wednesday.

Car Park B Owners & trainers only (pass required) Thursday, Friday and Saturday only.

Car Park C Public car park - £5 per car.

Car Park D Hospitality parking only (pass required).

Car Park E Coaches and minibuses (incl. drop off and collection).

ACCESSIBILITY

Doncaster Racecourse provides an accessible environment for all racegoers - including elderly people, those with young children, disabled customers and their carers. In addition to ample space to view the racing, we also provide the following facilities:

  • Designated disabled parking in close proximity to the main entrance.
  • Majority of facilities at ground level with wheelchair access to main public areas via automatic doors.
  • Large lifts to all floors.
  • Disabled lift to Grandstand viewing area and disabled viewing stand overlooking the track.
  • Disabled toilet facilities inside, or in the near vicinity of, all public convenience areas throughout the racecourse.
  • Part of the Radar National Key Scheme (NKS) which offers disabled people independent access to locked public toilets around the country.
  • Registered Personal Carers assisting one or more disabled visitors will receive free entry upon presentation of official Personal Carer ID. Please inform the racecourse beforehand if you require any further assistance.
  • For senior citizens, a half price concessionary ticket is available for either the Grandstand or Family Enclosures. This ticket may be purchased on the raceday in person only, and is not available in advance. Valid photo ID may be required. Not available in conjunction with any other offer.
  • Baby changing facilities are located in the majority of disabled toilets. Baby food/milk heating facilities are located in the Food Court and Silver Patriarch bar.

DRESS CODE

Premier Suite and Mallard Restaurant

The dress code for the Mallard Restaurant at Doncaster Racecourse is smart attire, strictly no jeans, sportswear or trainers. Gentlemen must wear a jacket and tie. Smart dress also applies to children.

County Enclosure

The dress code for the County Enclosure including Conduit Restaurant and the Hallam FM Champagne Lawn is smart attire, strictly no jeans, sportswear or trainers, and gentlemen must wear a collared shirt. Smart dress also applies to children.

Grandstand Enclosure

There is no dress code for this enclosure.

Family Enclosure

The Family Enclosure offers everything for the whole family within one area. There is no dress code for this enclosure. This is the only enclosure where picnics are permitted.