Doncaster Racecourse is located in South Yorkshire and is a dual purpose track, hosting both jumps and flat fixtures. It is home to the final Classic of the season, the St Leger Stakes, first established in 1776. It also features the Lincoln and November Handicaps as the traditional flat seasonal opener and closer each year.
Doncaster Betting Tips
Running on the inside of the flat track, the Doncaster jumps course is an excellent test of a chaser. Approximately a mile and 7f round, the left handed pear shaped course sees a large portion of the race on the turn, with 3 fences including a difficult ditch coming round an elongated bend. Essentially a galloping track, the positioning of the fences demands accuracy and any mistakes are magnified.
Flat bar the small rise of Rose Hill at the mile and a quarter start, the Doncaster track is just under two miles round with a mile straight course. A very fair and galloping track, there is plenty of room to operate and hard luck stories are not common. Horses can win from in front and from behind on both the sprint and round tracks with over half a mile from the home turn. Our Doncaster tips often focus on big, galloping types as the course arrangement gives them plenty of time to get organised.
Doncaster Betting Trends
Andrea Atzeni nearly won the St Leger Stakes in both 2014 and 2015, onboard Kingston Hill and Simple Vrse. The latter was demoted to second following a Stewards Enquiry, but this feat still details his ability at this track. In the last five seasons, Atzeni has a 24% strike rate, with 42 winners from 178 rides. Plenty of those have been at big prices too, as the +£93 level stakes profit demonstrates. (42 from 178 for +93)
Over jumps, Nicky Henderson has an excellent record at this track which we always consider when selecting our tips. With 28 winners from 76 runners in the last 5 seasons, he boasts a +£36 level stakes profit. He also took home the Grade 2 Lightning Novices’ Chase here in January 2016 with Vaniteux, ridden by Nico de Boinville.
Doncaster Draw Bias
The strip of ground right up the stands side rail appears to be the place to be on the straight course with high numbers readily favoured. The bias is stronger over sprint trip and on better ground. However, it still has an impact on races over 7f and a mile, especially when the ground rides on the quicker side of good.
Doncaster Feature Races
- River Don Hurdle (Grade 2) (3m)
- Doncaster Mares Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m)
- Lightning Novices Chase (Grade 2) (2m)
- Lincoln Handicap (1m)
- St Leger Stakes (Group 1) (1m 6f)
- Weber Park Stakes (Group 2) (7f)
- Park Hill Stakes (Group 2) (1m 6f)
- May Hill Stakes (Group 2) (1m)
- Champagne Stakes (Group 2) (7f)
- Flying Childers Stakes (Group 2) (5f)
- Doncaster Cup (Group 2) (2m 2f)
- Sceptre Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
- Racing Post Trophy (Group 1) (1m)
- Summit Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m)
- December Novices Chase (Grade 2) (3m)