VIDEO: Four day St Leger Festival attracted over 60,000 people

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Record breaking numbers attended this year’s four day St Leger Festival - with over 60,000 turning out to enjoy the racing.

And the annual event, which counts for 25 per cent of Doncaster Racecourse’s attendance, is estimated to have contributed a whopping £20m to the town’s economy.

Punters celebrate their winnings at Ladies Day of St Leger. Picture: Andrew Roe

Punters celebrate their winnings at Ladies Day of St Leger. Picture: Andrew Roe

Despite Saturday’s attendance being slightly down on the previous year, 29,275 people compared to the 2012 figure of 31,396 - this year saw the total numbers tip the 60,000 mark for the first time since the event reopened in 2007.

A total of 60,025 race goers walked through the gates at the racecourse, compared to 58,619 in 2012.

It was a great day for trainers and jockeys too, with a total cash pot of £1m worth of prize money up for grabs.

Star of the day was the 7-2 favourite horse Leading Light who galloped home to victory in the highlight of the day’s racing, the Ladbrokes St Leger.

John Magnier, whose wife Sue owns the three-year-old in partnership with Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor, said: “We thought he had a good chance in the race but you can’t be confident about winning a classic.”