The BETBRIGHT FestivalSaturday 4th March 2017

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The second day of the BetBright Festival features the popular Grimthorpe Chase. Sure to be hotly contested, it is considered a test for the Grand National. The Last Samuri, who ran to success in the 2016 contest, went on to finish an impressive 2nd in the World’s most famous race, the Grand National.


Racing Details

01:50 The Betbright Casino Handicap Hurdle Race (0-145) 3m 84y 20000 2 4+
02:25 The Betbright Handicap Steeple Chase 2m 78y 30000 2 5+
03:00 The Betbright Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Race (Listed Race) 3m 84y 30000 1 4+
03:35 The Betbright Grimthorpe Handicap Steeple Chase 3m 2f 1y 55000 2 5+
04:10 The Grandnational2017.Com Novices’ Hurdle Race 2m 3f 88y 6000 4 4+
04:45 The Betbright Best For Festival Betting Handicap Hurdle Race (0-115) 2m 128y 5500 4 4+
05:20 The Betbright Recall Standard National Hunt Flat Race (Conditional Jockeys’ And Amateur Riders’ Race) 2m 128y 3000 6 4,5,6


History of the Grimthorpe Chase

Prior to the early 1980s the Grimthorpe Chase was run over 2mile  and 150 yards. The distance was then upped dramatically nearly doubling to a stamina testing four miles and 100 yards.

The distance was changed again to the current trip in the 1990s, when it was run as the Velka Pardubicka Grimthorpe Chase, a reference to Velká pardubická, a famous race run in the Czech Republic over varied obstacles. The race is now considered to be a trial for the Grand National.

The race is named in honour of the Grimthorpe family who have been involved in racing for many years.


2016 Result

1st THE LAST SAMURI David Bass (Kim Bailey) (Pictured below)

2nd THE DRUIDS NEPHEW Denis O’Regan (Neil Mulholland)

3rd BAND OF BLOOD Will Kennedy (Dr Richard Newland)




Live Music

We have live music after racing from The Wild Murphys

They will be performing 17.00 – 18.00 in the Exhibition Hall.


Going Update

Doncaster (Updated: 11:29) Good to Soft
Hurdles will be on the outside rail
Hurdle dividing rails and rail past the winning line will
be moved inside the line raced on the 22nd February
8.5 mm of rainfall on the 23 February
Unsettled forecast until Wednesday with showers possible.



Dress Code

Premier and Mallard Restaurant – Smart. No jeans, sportswear or trainers. Gentlemen must wear a jacket and tie.

County Enclosure & Private Hospitality – Smart. No jeans, sportswear or trainers. Gentlemen must have a collared shirt.

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Children under 18 go free when accompanied by an adult. ID may be required.

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Admission Packages

Enjoy an exciting day out with our exclusive BetBright Punters Package. You will receive:

  • Access to the Grandstand Enclosure for one person
  • Pint of Guinness
  • Racecard

Limited to ensure the very best service and experience, our Premier Enclosure is located on the third floor of the main stand. Experience the wonderful atmosphere of a raceday from our fabulous glass fronted Premier Suite. The dress code is smart with strictly no jeans, sportswear or trainers and Gentlemen must wear a jacket and tie. Under 18’s enjoy free entry (dress code applies)

Our County Enclosure is the ultimate viewpoint for racing and gives you access to all areas on the course. This is the place to be seen with access to the exclusive Champagne Lawn and The Old Weighing Room Restaurant. The dress code is smart with strictly no jeans, sportswear or trainers and Gentlemen must wear a collared shirt. Under 18’s enjoy free entry (dress code applies)

Our Grandstand Enclosure is located at the heart of the racecourse. Outdoor you can access the Parade Ring, Winning Post and Winners Enclosure. Move inside to the hall and you’ll find a great choice of places to eat and drink. Grandstand Enclosure customers are welcome to enjoy the facilities of our Family Enclosure. Under 18’s enjoy free entry. There is no dress code for this enclosure.

Our Family Enclosure is the place to be to enjoy a great value day out. This is the only part of the racecourse where you’re able to bring your own food along – so come with a picnic (but remember, you’re not allowed to bring alcohol on to the racecourse). There is no dress code for this enclosure.

Hospitality Packages

A truly stunning restaurant located on the 3rd floor, with its own viewing terrace and panoramic views across the racecourse. You will enjoy the following:

  • County Enclosure Admission
  • Chef’s table buffet variety of starters such as cold meats, salads, artisan breads and seafood.
  • Carvery style main courses offer all tastes a truly ‘Yorkshire’ dining experience.
  • To finish, an array of mouth watering desserts.
  • Your table is yours for the whole day
  • Raceday programme
  • Table-service drinks (cash bar)