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Ladbrokes St Leger Festival – Doncaster Racecourse 

St Leger is one of the most prestigious events in the UK horse racing calendar. It presents four days of top-notch horse racing and great live entertainment

A four-day pass starts at just £31, so coupled with a great deal on an UnbeatableHire motorhome it’s an excellent value holiday for the racing fan. 

 

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Ladbrokes St Leger Festival

History of the St Leger

The St Leger race first took place in 1776, as a 2-mile sweepstake for colts and fillies. It is known to be the oldest of all the British Classic races:

  • One Thousand Guineas
  • Two Thousand Guineas
  • Epsom Derby
  • Epsom Oaks
  • And of course, the St Leger

 

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This race took place on the Cantley Common in Doncaster, and was won by the Marquis of Rockingham’s filly. A similar sweepstake was held the following years, and the Marquis suggested it was named the St Leger Stakes in honour of a friend and local sportsman – Anthony St Leger.

The location was then changed to Town Moor (where it remains to this day), although also been held in other locations such as Thirsk, Newmarket and Manchester during the war.

The only year when the St Leger has been cancelled was Sunday 3rd September 1939 when war with Germany was declared. Otherwise it’s been run every single year since 1776!

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*image from doncaster-racecourse.co.uk

 

A four-day festival

Fast-forward to today, and visitors can enjoy fours days of racing, dining and entertainment, as well as the historic St Leger Stakes.

Many other quality races are run during the Festival including:

  • The DFS Park Hill Stakes on Ladies’ Day - Thursday
  • The Socialites Electric Cigarettes Doncaster Cup – Friday
  • The Ladbrokes Portland Handicap – Saturday

 

Entertainment

The buzzing atmosphere in 2014 was accompanied by a number of great bands. The New York Brass Band played all around the racecourse, as well as the 1914 Ragtime Band, Jumpin’ and Simply Strings.

The St Leger Festival is known for the quality of their entertainment – and guests will certainly enjoy the party mood!

 

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The Festival – day by day

Wednesday - John Smiths Opening Day

The first day of the races opens with the Leger Legends Charity Race. This race features famous past winners of the Leger Stakes – 2014 saw the world’s most successful female jockey Julie Krone, and Mick Kinane – rider of Sea The Stars.

 

Thursday – DFS Ladies Day

This is one of the most exciting events in the Yorkshire social calendar. Fashion scouts pick the best dressed female guests for the DFS Best Dressed Lady competition, and the winner will then represent Doncaster Racecourse in the prestigious ‘Yorkshire’s Best Dressed Lady 2015’ competition.

 

Friday – Socialites Electric Cigarettes Doncaster Cup Day

At the heart of this day is the Doncaster Cup – one of the main long distance races on the calendar. It covers a challenging 2.5 miles and is reputed to be the oldest horse race around.

 

Saturday – Ladbrokes St Leger Day

This is the key day in the festival – with some of the top horses in the industry. Supporting the main act – the St Leger – are a number of other races such as the Champagne Stakes and the Fast and Furious.

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Ticket Levels

There are four levels of ticket available, from luxury to family picnic:

  • Premier Enclosure

If you want unrivalled views of the course, first-class service and maximum comfort. These tickets give you access to the third floor of the main Grandstand, and are only available to a limited amount of guests.

  • County Enclosure

These tickets give access to 3 floors of the Grandstand, the Parade Ring and the Winners Enclosure. Guests can also enjoy the Champagne Lawn and a number of quality bars and restaurants.

  • Grandstand Enclosure

The Grandstand Enclosure boasts a top-class food court, a seated terrace and a Ladbrokes Betting Shop. There are views of the Racecourse, Parade Ring and Winner’s Enclosure.

  • Family Enclosure

The perfect choice if you are bringing children – the Family Enclosure has ample space for picnics, and occasional children’s entertainments. Other facilities include a Tote Betting facility, bookmakers and a cashpoint. Under 18’s are welcomed free with a paying adult.

 

Where to Stay
The St Leger is always extremely well attended, so planning ahead with your travel and accommodation plans will pay off. Hiring an UnbeatableHire motorhome is the ideal solution – you have everything you need rolled into one, and ultimate flexibility.

There are a number of campsites in the vicinity – but book early, as they will sell out fast!

 

Campsites

White House Farm

Haxey Road, Misterton, Doncaster, DN10 4BA

Telephone: 01427 890482

 

Haxey Quays Caravan & Camping Site

Haxey Road, Misterton, Doncaster, DN10 4BA

Telephone: 01427 890100

 

Lindholme Lakes

Don Farm, West Carr, Epworth, Doncaster, DN9 1LF

Telephone: 01427 872905

 

While you are visiting

If you want to make a holiday of your trip – why not visit some local highlights while you are here?

 

Brodsworth Hall & Gardens - Brodsworth, Doncaster, DN5 7XJ

This is a unique destination. The Victorian country house has been left exactly as it was when it was still a family home. 130 years’ worth of possessions are still in their place – fine furniture and simple domestic tool alike.

 

Conisbrough Castle - Castle Hill, Conisbrough, Doncaster, DN12 3BU

This Castle was a key fortification in the Wars of the Roses. It was featured in Sir Walter Scott’s novel Ivanhoe and now has characters projected onto the internal walls to tell the story of the castle.

So if you fancy a trip to the fabulous St Leger in Doncaster in 2015, book online today and secure your UnbeatableHire motorhome!

 

Guys

Motorhomes are a great way to experience a festival, get a group of friends together and split the cost between you. At UnbeatableHire we have the largest motorhome vehicle fleet in the UK and have depots in 9 locations around the country, meaning that we have the greatest availability during busy festival periods when other providers are fully booked.

Keep your valuables safely located away off site within your motorhome.

Avoid sharing nasty public chemical toilets with 10,000 other revellers!

Get your head down when you want to in a comfy bed rather than a lumpy tent.

Enjoy the cooking facilities to make your full English when your hung over in the morning!

 

Families

Having a motorhome means that you can keep your kids routine much more easily with quieter and comfier beds for the kids and cooking amenities. Our motorhomes all come with the crockery and cutlery you need to keep eating healthier foods and keeping to the schedule of dinner time and breakfast.

Also sleep easier know your kids are safe and sound in the room next to yours behind a locked door. Motorhoming offers flexibility to families and a cleaner safer environment for the kids. More and more people are taking their kids to festivals, why not do it in style and safety with UnbeatableHire?

 

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