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Friday, May 28, 2004


‘Derby Day' on Town Moor this Saturday (June 5) will feature all the baction ‘live' from Epsom on the giant Mitsubishi Diamond Vision Screen situated opposite the main stands. The big race, The Vodafone Derby takes place at 4.20 p.m. and there will be an extended interval of 40 minutes between the fifth and sixth races at Doncaster to enable racegoers to concentrate fully on the Derby which may well include the French-trained colt, American Post who is attempting to win the Derby after taking the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last October as a two-year-old. He has already won the French 2,000 Guineas this season, and if he succeeds in the Derby, he will emulate the achievements of High Chaparral and Reference Point, who both completed the Epsom-Doncaster double, winning the 2002 and 1987 Derbys respectively, after succeeding the previous year at Doncaster as juveniles in the Racing Post Trophy.

Racing at Doncaster on Saturday starts at 1.50 p.m. and the afternoon's most valuable race is the £14,000-added Carling Extra Cold Conditions Stakes over the extended one mile and a quarter won last year by Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum's colt, Ekraar, who went on to land a Group 1 race in Italy in October.

The Italian theme is maintained with The Alfea San Rossore Handicap Stakes (seven furlongs), a race which links the Pisa-based San Rossore Racecourse and Doncaster Racecourse in association with The Northern Racing College at Rossington Hall near Doncaster. Alfea is the management company of San Rossore Racecourse which also administers facilities for training stable staff and apprentice riders.

The Nationwide Football League Division Three Championship Trophy will be at Town Moor on Saturday, as the backdrop to The Doncaster Rovers ‘Champions' Stakes, a Handicap contest over one mile and a half. It is hoped that players and staff from Doncaster Rovers will attend the meeting as they continue to celebrate being Division Three Champions.

There's a full-colour racecard containing the runners at Epsom; performances take place during the afternoon by The National Festival Circus in the Family Enclosure which is also the venue for funfair rides, bouncy castles and a supervised crèche facility (@ £1.80 per hour). Musical entertainment is provided by the Tom Roberts Jazz Band.

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