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Royal seal of approval for venue
Doncaster Racecourse
The racecourse was officially reopened by the Princess Royal
The Princess Royal has praised the newly revamped Doncaster Racecourse, saying she hopes it will become a venue of national importance.

Princess Anne made the comments as she officially opened the racecourse after a 32m upgrade which includes a new conference and exhibition centre.

She said: "I hope that it will be appreciated and used by businesses not just locally but as a national venue."

Thousands of people attended the course on Wednesday for the St Leger Festival.

Future 'great'

The site was redeveloped in a joint 32m venture by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and Arena Leisure.

Changes include a new five-tier grandstand, including a conference and exhibition centre, betting outlets, bars, dining areas, private boxes and hospitality suites.

Lloyd Nicholson, director of Urban-i, sponsors of the new stand, said: "We believe we are investing in Doncaster . . . the future of Doncaster is great."

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