Doncaster hosts the eagerly-awaited start to the 2015 British Flat Season on turf with the two-day Lincoln Meeting today and tomorrow.
There are seven races on both days with the action on Saturday beginning at 1.25pm, while Sunday’s Family Fun Day programme starts at 2.15pm.
The Betway Lincoln Handicap – a famous Heritage Handicap over the straight mile which traditionally begins the new Flat season – is the highlight on Saturday, offering prize money of £100,000.
One of the main betting heats of the British season, the race was first held at Doncaster in 1965, and last year’s winner, Ocean Tempest – trained at Newmarket by John Ryan - is in the line-up again, as he attempts to become the first horse to win back-to-back victories in the race since Babur achieved the feat in 1957 & 1958 at the now-defunct Lincoln racecourse.
The aptly-named Lincoln, successful in a Handicap contest over seven furlongs at last September’s St. Leger Festival at Doncaster, could also take his chance in Saturday’s big race.
Saturday’s action also features The Betway Spring Mile – the £45,000 ‘consolation’ race for horses entered for, but eliminated from the big race.
At the conclusion of racing on Saturday, Beatles tribute band, ‘The Beatles Revolution’ will perform live on stage in the ground floor of the main Lazarus Stand.
Families are very much to the fore on Sunday with a host of attractions for young racegoers.
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.
For further information about Doncaster Racecourse visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk.