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Two jockeys racing past the grandstand at Doncaster Racecourse.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

November Handicap

Sat 07 November 2020
Grimthorpe Chase Irish Race Weekend
Grimthorpe Chase Irish Race Weekend
19 Jumps

For competitors to take on in this National Hunt Steeplechase.

Grimthorpe Chase

What Is The Grimthorpe Chase?
Run in Doncaster each year, The Grimthorpe Chase is a National Hunt steeplechase which contains 19 jump fences. The distance has varied over time, but currently sits at a little over 3 miles and 2 furlongs.
A horse jumping a fence at Doncaster Racecourse

A Little History

The race runs each year in late February/early March, which can mean incremental weather and saw the race called off in 2018 due to heavy snow. This tough test is often seen as a trial for the Grand National in April, with many winners (such as The Last Samuri and Definitely Red) going on to be favourites in the national.

Horses racing at Doncaster Racecourse

What's In A Name?

The name of the race itself comes from the Grimthorpe family, who are steeped in racing history. With the family being owners of winners of the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, members of the Jockey Club and also a director of Thirsk Racecourse. Currently the 5th Baron Grimthorpe, Teddy Beckett, is chairman of York Racecourse, as well as a racing manager.

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