Britain’s final Group 1 race of 2012, The Racing Post Trophy for leading two-year-olds, is the principal race at Doncaster on Saturday (27 October) – the second leg of the two-day October Meeting on Town Moor.
Racing on Friday is scheduled to begin at 2.10pm, while the action on Saturday is set to start at 2pm.
First held in 1961, when known as The Timeform Gold Cup, The Racing Post Trophy over the straight mile offers prize money of £200,000 and boasts a fine pedigree, with Authorized, Motivator and High Chaparral all winning this race as juveniles in the last decade before going on to Derby glory at Epsom the following year. Last year’s winner, Camelot has proved to be an exceptional colt, when landing this season’s 2,000 Guineas, the Derby and Irish Derby. He just failed to become the first horse for 42 years to win the ‘Triple Crown’, when he had to settle for second place behind Encke in last month’s Ladbrokes St. Leger at Doncaster.
The powerful racing operations, such as Ballydoyle (responsible for last year’s winner, Camelot) and Godolphin (successful in last month’s Ladbrokes St. Leger Stakes with Encke) are sure to be represented in The Racing Post Trophy, as they seek to introduce a possible star in the making for next year’s big races, including the Classics.
Saturday’s seven-race programme also features a Listed race for two-year-old sprinters over six furlongs, The Park Hill Hospital Stakes and a valuable £50,000 sprint handicap contest over five furlongs, The Genting Casinos Levy Board Handicap Stakes. The Racing Post Supports Prostate Cancer UK Conditions Stakes (seven furlongs), The crownhotel-bawtry.com Nursery Handicap Stakes (for two-year-olds) and The Racing Post iPad App Handicap Stakes (one mile and a half) are also part of Saturday’s card, while the concluding race – a handicap contest over seven furlongs contested by three-year-olds is for apprentice jockeys and supported by The Universal Recycling Company, based near Rotherham.
There are also seven races on Friday, starting with a contest for maiden two-year-olds, The EBF Yorkshire Radio Stakes, while other races for juveniles on the opening day are The EBF KAT Communications Knowledge Of Telecoms Maiden Fillies’ Stakes and The Bet Through The Racing Post Mobile App Nursery Handicap Stakes. Also featured on Friday are The Genting Club Sheffield Handicap Stakes (extended one mile and three-quarters), The Lidget Compton Handicap Stakes (extended mile and a quarter), while apprentice jockeys take part in The Artsign Handicap Stakes over the straight mile.
In addition, the final 24 candidates in this year’s Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year will be at the races on Friday; this is marked by The Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year Handicap Stakes over the sprint distance of six furlongs. The overall winner will be announced in London next month and will receive a VIP trip to next year’s Singapore Airlines International Cup Meeting.
Prior to racing on Friday (at approximately one o’clock), over 20 Mascots representing several Football League clubs will take part in a Mascot race to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK, the nominated charity of The Racing Post – the daily racing newspaper. This is in support of the ‘Do It For Dad’ 5k Fun Run on Sunday at Doncaster Racecourse in aid of the charity.
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.
Doncaster racecourse has teamed up with the Yorkshire-based Indian Restaurant chain, Aagrah to promote the ‘Grandstand Essential Ticket’ which includes admission and a portion of award-winning curry from the ‘pop-up’ Aagrah Restaurant in the Exhibition Hall over both days, from just £19.50 per person.