Doncaster – A Guide To Flat Racecourses

Doncaster Racecourse

Doncaster is a galloping, flat left handed track. The course accommodates both Flat and Jumps racing through their respective seasons.

Strangely,  Doncaster is listed as a grade two track despite having a group one race for two-year-olds, known as the Racing Post Trophy, a recognised two-year-old trial for horses that have aspirations to be a legitimate Derby contender for the following year.

It is also host to one of the five classic races, the St Leger, the oldest and final classic race of the flat season which is run just over a distance of 14 furlongs. Horses that are able to win the 2000 Guineas and Derby can complete the triple crown by winning this event, although not many have tried if victorious in the first two legs, the view often cited is the impact this will have on potential stallion fees for winning a race beyond 12 furlongs.

In addition, they have a strong supporting card in terms of races throughout the flat season. The flat turf season is considered by many as the official starting point when the Lincoln meeting takes place in March. Other notable races include; Park Hill Stakes, May Hill Stakes, Champagne Stakes, the latter two being recognised trials for classic races the next season and two very competitive handicap races in the shape of the Portland Cup and November Handicap, both are traditionally very strong betting heats.

One trainer who’s runners often perform well here is Roger Varian he does well in a couple of situations as the record below indicates to one Euro stake per bet.

Any runner contesting a Handicap that is open to 3YO and older horses.

Bets: 31 Wins: 8 Strike Rate: 25.81% P/L +45.00 (Nb: Pay more attention to his 3yo’s contesting such an event)

Any runner aged between 3-5 years old contesting a Non-Handicap that is open to 3YO and older horses.

Bets: 37 Wins: 10 Strike Rate: 27.03% P/L +37.71

For handicap races open to older horses only, ie; those that are four years and older then Richard Fahey’s runners should be noted.

Any runner aged between 3-5 years old contesting a Non-Handicap that is open to 3YO and older horses.

Bets: 233 Wins: 32 Strike Rate: 13.73% P/L +47.00

For those of you that prefer a more consistent strike rate then I would focus more on his runners contesting races of intermediate distances and further, that is, ten furlongs and beyond.

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