Doncaster Racecourse was redeveloped in 2005, however the racing surface remains virtually the same. It is a large pear shaped course of nearly two miles with a long four and a half furlong straight. There is a perfectly straight mile on which a lot of the races are run. The course is very flat and is probably one of the fairest in the country. It definitely suits a horse that can gallop.
Draw Bias & Pace Analysis
You have to be careful at Doncaster when looking at 5 furlong and 6 furlong races and the draw bias. This is because they move the position of the stalls from stands rail to far rail and then sometimes the stalls are positioned right in the middle of the course. When positioned on the stands rail it is very difficult to win from a low draw particularly in fields of more than 9. The opposite is true when the stalls are on the far rail (it’s bad to be in a high draw). When the stalls are in the middle there appears to be little bias.
However a massive pace bias exists at Doncaster. Overall it is just about the hardest course for runners to make all, with hold up horses being heavily favoured.
In terms of the individual distances, shown below is how Doncaster ranks :
5 Furlongs – 30th out of 31 courses
6 Furlongs – 25th out of 29 courses
7 Furlongs – 23rd out of 24 courses
8 Furlongs – 29th out of 30 courses