And they’re off! Leger tickets off to brisk start

Jockey Mickael Barzalona riding Encke celebrates beating Camelot at the St Leger Stakes Race. Picture: Andrew Roe
Jockey Mickael Barzalona riding Encke celebrates beating Camelot at the St Leger Stakes Race. Picture: Andrew Roe

DONCASTER Racecourse bosses have reported a brisk sales start as tickets for this year’s St Leger Festival went on sale yesterday.

Keen racegoers made sure of their place at September’s racing spectacular at Town Moor by bagging tickets as phone lines opened at 8am.

Managing director Mark Spincer said early indications for this year’s four-day extravaganza were ‘good’ and added: “It has been an excellent start to sales. It is very early days but we are confident it will be another very successful St Leger festival.”

The event, the world’s oldest classic festival of horseracing, is one of the most eagerly anticipated on the town’s racing calendar and last year attracted more than 60,000 people through the turnstiles.

This year’s festival will take place between Wednesday, September 11, and Saturday, September 14, with the final day hosting the world famous St Leger, first run in 1776.

Mr Spincer said excitement was already building among his team and added: “The Ladbrokes St Leger is the pinnacle event in our racing calendar, attracting guests from right across the country to witness a meeting that includes one of Britain’s classic races.

“It is the event that I think the team here at Town Moor look forward to the most. The atmosphere across the four days is absolutely electric and it’s always a fantastic meeting, with big crowds and some stunning racing.”

He added: “We’ve been taking bookings for restaurants and hospitality for some months, but general admission tickets going on sale is the real start of the countdown for us. We’re expecting to see huge demand this year too, as the ticket offers we have in place are really strong.”

Offers include a four-day festival pass from £29, as well as savings for early bookers and group discounts - plus children under 18 get in free with a grown-up.

The festival will get started with the Leger Legends Raceday, which sees veteran jockeys return to the racecourse to take part in the UK’s only charity race run under rules.

The ever-popular Ladies Day takes place on the second day of action when scores of local women don their handbags and gladrags, before the biggest and best displays of racing get underway on Friday and Saturday with the Leger itself the Saturday highlight.

Racecourse chiefs have also revealed the dates for this year’s summer concerts - although artists have yet to be announced. The shows will take place on May 18, June 29 and August 17.

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