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The Doncaster Cup

3.00pm Doncaster

  • Distance 2m 2f
  • Class 1
  • Group 2
  • Prize money £100,000


The Doncaster Cup is a Group 2 race for three-year-olds and older horses and run over 2 miles and 2 furlongs (3,600 metres), making it a key race in the QIPCO British Champions Series Long Distance category. Established in 1766, it is Doncaster’s oldest surviving race, pre-dating the St Leger by 10 years. Along with the Gold Cup at Ascot and the Qatar Goodwood Cup – both feature in the QIPCO British Champions Series – it forms part of the Stayers’ Triple Crown.

It has its fair share of great racing stories to tell as well. Like the one about Beeswing, the legendary mare who won the race a record four times between 1837-42 and who was so popular that the Scottish village of Lochend changed its name to Beeswing in the horse’s honour. And what about the tale – or rather, tail – of Double Trigger, who won three times in the 1990s. The seven-year-old stallion seemed to be past his best when he enjoyed an Indian summer in his final season to win the cup for a final time in 1998.

Racing followers are always trying to uncover the secret of a horse’s success but this one sounds as bizarre as they come. One of Double Trigger’s owners attributed the horse’s revival in part to the decision to stop plaiting the horse’s tail, which he believed made him more relaxed.

More recently, Times Up won it twice in 2012 and 2013, first for trainer John Dunlop and then for his son, Ed, following John’s retirement at the end of the 2012 season.

Current leading jockey: Ryan Moore 4 wins (2009, 2013, 2014, 2018)
Current leading trainer: Mark Johnston, 3 wins (1995, 1996, 1998)

Previous winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Prize money




No/Draw Horse/Jockey Age Form/Type BHA Rating Weight Trainer Odds


Mission complete in the Doncaster Cup for Balding and Buick

William Buick sealed a double on the day at Doncaster as Spanish Mission impressively took the Group 2 bet365 Doncaster Cup.
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SPANISH MISSION shows a lovely turn of foot to win the Bet365 Doncaster Cup!!

A trip to <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChampionsDay?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ChampionsDay</a> for the Long Distance Cup could be next! <a href=”https://t.co/Wbi9HbNrCb”>pic.twitter.com/Wbi9HbNrCb</a>

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The favourite was always travelling comfortably in behind pacesetters The Grand Visir and Celino in the early exchanges. The pace was steady throughout with the field strung out in single file; the heavily backed Revolver sitting in last position under Luke Morris.

It wasn’t until the turn for the home that the race began to get interesting. Long time leader The Grand Visir’s effort petered out quickly and it was left to Celino to take up the running with three furlongs left to run.

That run was covered by William Buick and Spanish Mission; a brief bit of encouragement from the pilot saw Andrew Balding’s charge comfortably head Celino. He then began to assert his advantage and by the final furlong the race was all but won. Celino kept on gamely to finish 2nd under Cieron Fallon jnr.

A trip to QIPCO British Champions Day could now be on the horizon for the winner with the QIPCO Long Distance Cup a very realistic target.


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The Course

Doncaster’s local authorities tried to ban horseracing a few years ago – well, 400 years ago, to be exact – because of the hordes of ruffians that the races attracted.

  • Course plan
  • Course Intro

Eventually, they gave up, marking out a racecourse instead. The result? One of the country’s biggest horseracing centres and the home of two of the world’s oldest races, the Doncaster Cup and the Ladbrokes St Leger. Both feature in the QIPCO British Champions Series

The south Yorkshire venue, also known as Town Moor, is a left-handed, pear-shaped track, with courses for both Flat and Jump racing. A £34 million facelift, concluding in 2007, transformed it into one of the most modern in Europe. As for Doncaster’s ruffians, they’ve moved on, replaced by real horse connoisseurs. When the venue staged Britain’s first Sunday race meeting in 1992, 23,000 people turned up… even though betting was not allowed on the Sabbath.

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Getting there

Doncaster Racecourse,
The Grandstand,
Leger Way,

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