Doncaster Racecourse

Doncasters, St Leger Festival

Situated at Doncaster Racecourse, St Leger Festival was founded in 1776 and is one of the most reputable horse racing events in the UK. It regularly takes place in September, houses over 65,000 visitors, and is made up of four days of racing action. While Doncaster Racecourse is home to a large number of races throughout the year, The William Hill St Leger Festival is a key highlight on their sporting calendar.

Each day has different reasons to attend, kicking off on Day One with St Leger Legends Day, where former jockeys return to the track to take part in The Leger Legends race for charity. Day Two then features the customary DFS Ladies day, Day Three is made up of a far rarer Gentleman’s Day, and the final day features the famous St Leger Stakes.

All festivals have one race that stands out ahead of all others. The St Leger race that brings the most visitors to South Yorkshire is the St Leger Stakes, which is hailed as being the world’s oldest British Classic.

St Leger Festival
Spring Loaded ridden by Joey Haynes wins The William Hill Portland Handicap Stakes, during day four of the William Hill St. Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse.

Betting on St Leger Festival

As with any horse racing festival as highly rated as St Leger, the bookmakers provide odds for each and every race as soon as possible. It’s best to keep checking back with your favoured bookie, as their prices are updated all the time and the St Leger odds will appear prior to it getting underway.

Every race will eventually be added to bookmaker websites and apps but it’s the St Leger Stakes that will take priority, with prices in that race being something you’ll sometimes find months in advance.

St Leger Festival 2019 Fixtures

Wednesday 11th September – St Leger Opening Day

Thursday 12th September – DFS Ladies Day

Friday 13th September – Doncaster Cup Day

Saturday 14th September – St Leger Day

Doncaster Racecourse

Famously pear-shaped, Doncaster Racecourse has a track which spans one mile and seven and a half furlongs. It’s best known for holding classic races, so it’s primarily made available for flat racing and National Hunt racing throughout the year.

Ticket information for St Leger Festival

Obviously, picking up your tickets as soon as possible is always advised, as these horse racing events are massively in-demand and can sell out in no time at all. Tickets start at around £19.50 and are more expensive based on where you want to see the races from. There are also tickets available for entry into enclosures and fan zones. For more information, check out their website prior to the festival getting underway.

Doncaster Racecourse Directions

As it’s one of the easier racecourses to get to in the UK, a lot of visitors will opt to drive there. It’s an estimated 60 miles from Manchester, 46 miles from Leeds and 23 miles from Sheffield, so it’s local to some of the major cities in the area.

For those using a Sat Nav to make the trip to Doncaster Racecourse, we’ve included the address below:

Doncaster Racecourse

The Grandstand Leger Way

Doncaster

South Yorkshire

DN4 5DY

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