Doncaster Racecourse: Countdown to Racing Post Trophy

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The Racing Post Trophy - Britain’s final Group One race of 2013 - is the principal race at Doncaster this Saturday.

It is the second leg of the two-day October Meeting on Town Moor. Racing on Friday is scheduled to begin at 1.40pm, while the action on Saturday is set to start at 2.05pm.

The meeting is enhanced by the inclusion of a special international race on Friday for Apprentice jockeys representing Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy.

Also on Saturday, the Final of the 2013 ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ Best-Dressed Lady competition takes place during the afternoon.

First held in 1961, when known as The Timeform Gold Cup, The Racing Post Trophy over the straight mile offers prize money of £200,000 and boasts a fine pedigree, with Authorized, Motivator, High Chaparral and Camelot all winning this race as juveniles before going on to Derby glory at Epsom the following year.

The powerful racing operations, such as Ballydoyle and Godolphin are sure to be represented as they seek to introduce a possible star in the making for next year’s big races, including the Classics.

Saturday’s seven-race programme also features a Listed race for two-year-old sprinters over six furlongs, The Scott Dobson Memorial Stakes and a valuable £50,000 sprint handicap contest over five furlongs, under the Racing Post banner. The Racing Post ipad App Conditions Stakes (seven furlongs), The crownhotel-bawtry.com Nursery Handicap Stakes (for two-year-olds) and The Download The Racing Post Mobile App Handicap Stakes (one mile and a half) are also part of Saturday’s card, while the concluding race is a handicap contest over seven furlongs contested by three-year-olds is for apprentice jockeys and supported by South Yorkshire-based Universal Recycling Company.

There are eight races on Friday, starting with a contest for two-year-olds, The Racing Post Weekender Nursery Handicap Stakes.

International apprentice jockeys take part in The European Association of Racing Schools Apprentice Handicap Stakes over the straight mile.

On Saturday, there’s musical entertainment in the main betting hall after racing by ‘Coldplace’ a ‘Coldplay’ tribute band. Former British Heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno will also be in attendance, supporting the ‘Help For Heroes’ charity.

The giant screen, situated opposite the main stands, will enable racegoers to see all of the action. A shuttle bus service will be in operation from the railway station.