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Derby Day of the North' set to thrill racing fans

Tue, May 20, 2014

HORSE RACING fans in South Yorkshire will get to experience the thrill of one of the world's most prestigious race meetings when Doncaster Racecourse's Derby Day Raceday gets underway next month.

The Town Moor's Derby Day fixture on Saturday, June 07 will coincide with, and pay homage to, the Epsom classic which historically attracts some of the very best runners and riders in the sport.

As well as live racing action from a packed seven race card and an exciting schedule of off the track entertainment, all of the Derby Day action from Epsom will be shown live on the big screen during the Ladbrokes sponsored event.

Mark Spincer, managing director of Doncaster Racecourse, said that he hopes the raceday will be seen by the Doncaster and wider South Yorkshire public as the Derby for the North'. He commented: "The Derby at Epsom is one of the most prolific and historic races in the world, won by some very famous horses. In fact Camelot - the most recent British Triple Crown contender - landed the Derby before going on to contest our very own Ladbrokes St Leger stakes, eventually finishing runner-up.

"Given its significance to the sport, we've taken the opportunity to pay tribute to The Derby and we hope the race-going public get into the spirit of the day. I'll be keeping a watchful eye on the winner as they often become favourite for our own classic in September, the St Leger."

The off-the-track programme has been designed so that racegoers get to enjoy an early summer's evening of entertainment after the last race has finished. UB40 tribute act The UB40 Experience' will be performing in the main hall after racing, a DJ will be playing summer tunes on terrace of The Old Weighing Room after racing and darts legend Bobby George will be daring the public to take him on in the 9 darts challenge'.

Mr Spincer added: "We want people to stay on and enjoy the occasion, so we've arranged off-the-track entertainment to appeal to all tastes. It promises to be a thrilling day all round."

The Derby Day Raceday will be followed by the Father's Day Family Fun Day on Sunday June, 15 with entertainment from Peppa Pig and a stunning display by the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.

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