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Get that St Leger Feeling...
Opening Day – Leger Legends Day – Wednesday 13 September
The Festival kicks off with a bang when retired celebrities of the saddle dust off their breeches and return to action in the feature event competing in the charity race, a contest run on the straight mile. The Leger Legends race helps raise money for the Northern Racing College and Jack Berry House, a rehabilitation facility for injured jockeys.
First run in 2010, the race has grown rapidly in stature whilst capturing the attentions of the national racing media. The likes of Mick Kinane - rider of one of the greatest horses seen in recent memory - Sea The Stars; and the most successful lady jockey of all time, the USA's Julie Krone, have both lifted the Leger Legends accolade. In 2015, 20 times National Hunt Champion Jockey and legend of the racing World, Sir A P McCoy OBE, took the crown.
The race will help some great causes - the beneficiaries being two Yorkshire-based charities - the Northern Racing College in Doncaster and Jack Berry House, a rehabilitation facility for injured jockeys.
DFS Ladies Day – Thursday 14 September
The ultimate in glitz and glamour, this is one of South Yorkshire's biggest social occasions.
Naturally there will be an abundance of the finest fillies out in force, hoping to secure the Best Dressed Lady crown. The winner of the coveted title will then go on to represent Doncaster Racecourse in the final of Yorkshire's Best Dressed Lady 2017 - to be held at Doncaster Racecourse in October!
Get your heels at the ready girls!
2016 winner Maria Gledhill enjoyed a trip to New York as part of her prize for winning the Best Dressed Lady competition.
Enjoy live music from DJ Vernon Kay after racing on the Hallam FM Champagne Lawn. The popular New York Brass Band will also be roaming throughout the day.
Gentlemen’s Day – Friday 15 September
The penultimate day of the iconic Festival attracts some of the most prestigious racing of the week, with the Doncaster Cup, the oldest race currently run under the Rules of Horse Racing, taking centre-stage. Gentlemen’s Day includes attractions such as a sports car display and laser clay pigeon shooting. The raceday will also raise money for Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United campaign.
Do you have what it takes to become Best Dressed Male 2017?
The racing highlight saw Sheikhzayedroad came out on top in a thrilling renewal of the 250th Doncaster Cup. Roaming musicians The Wanderland Band entertained racegoers throughout the course with the Ministry Party Band delivering floor fillers from beginning to end to the County enclosure crowd after racing.
Enjoy live music from Krazy Keys on the Hallam FM Champagne Lawn after racing plus the New York Brass Band will be roaming throughout the day.
William Hill St Leger Day – Saturday 16 September
The William Hill St Leger Festival's flagship day brings the four days to a dramatic climax. The biggest day of the week and home to the World's oldest Classic, the St Leger Stakes. The showpiece race consistently attracts some of the leading stables across the country and boasts a glittering roll of honour which is littered with some of the most acclaimed horses in history.
The British 'Classics' are five races known as the most prestigious in the horse racing calendar - the 2000 and 1000 Guineas start the season off at Newmarket, before the Derby and Oaks at Epsom in June. The Doncaster highlight forms the final leg of the Classic British 'Triple Crown' - an accolade last claimed in 1970 by Nijinsky.
A well-known racing saying states that "The fastest horse wins the Guineas; the luckiest the Derby - and the best horse wins the St Leger." See the best on Town Moor this September.
The Festival's showpiece day also features top-class races including the Champagne Stakes and the fast and furious, ultra-competitive sprint - the Portland Handicap.
The racing highlight saw Laura Mongan became the first female woman trainer to triumph in the St Leger Stakes when jockey George Baker partnered Harbour Law to an unlikely victory. Roaming musicians The Wanderland Band entertained racegoers throughout the course and Grandstand customers finished their day dancing to a lively DJ set in the hall.
Tickets are on sale for the 2017 St Leger Festival which takes place from 13 – 16 September. With tickets selling fast on Leger Saturday, we recommend you book early to guarantee your place at the 2017 Festival.
Enjoy live music from Hi-Fi Deluxe on the Hallam FM Champagne Lawn after racing plus enjoy the popular New York Brass band who’ll be roaming throughout the day. The Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra will also be live throughout the day and at the Grandstand Entrance.