Rovers' mascot earns top-ten finish in first outing in the mascot race.
Rovers' mascot 'Rover the Dog' took part in the annual mascot race at Doncaster Racecourse finishing in a respectable 8th place.
The race, in support of the Football League's charity partner Prostate Cancer UK, took place on Friday,
Rover the Dog impressed on his first outing, but a slow start proved costly as Yorkie the Lion romped to victory in the half-furlong race.
"I had prepared well for the race, but it was hot out there and the competition was even hotter," said an out of breath Rover afterwards.
"I was taken out early by Sky Blue Sam and that affected my race pace and tactics. But I'm pleased to have finished 8th overall."
York City's Yorkie the Lion was bellowing with pride after clinching the coveted first place with Billy Brewer from Burton Albion FC in second, and Chaddy Owl from Oldham Athletic AFC secured third place.
26 mascots from 23 clubs across England took on the race. The challenge was part of Prostate Cancer UK’s partnership with The Football League to raise awareness of prostate cancer – the most common cancer in men in the UK.
The top three were presented with medals by Sukhi Dale, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Prostate Cancer UK.
Sukhi said: “We would like to thank all the mascots who took part in today’s race. Each and every one made a sterling effort to cross the line first and help raise awareness of a disease affecting 250,000 men in the UK, in one of the charity’s more unconventional events this year.
“It’s not every day you see dozens of dogs, rams and monkeys bounding along a race course, but everyone entered the dash in exactly the right spirit. A special well done has to go to Yorkie the Lion, though, who now has the prestigious mantle of being this year’s Mascot Race winner.”
John Nagle, Head of Communications at The Football League, said: "Many congratulations to Yorkie the Lion for taking the Mascot Race title, and well done to all the mascots that came along to support our partnership with Prostate Cancer UK.
"It was a fantastic occasion and will hopefully help to raise awareness of prostate cancer amongst football and racing fans alike.”
The Mascot Race marked the beginning of a weekend of racing during which The Racing Post – which is also partnered with the charity - will dedicate The Prostate Cancer UK Charity Race in support of the charity on Saturday, and hold a 5k ‘Do it for Dad’ fun run on Sunday.
Prostate Cancer UK’s partnership with The Football League will run throughout the 2012/13 season, with the aim of raising funds for and awareness of the disease amongst the football community and the wider public.
The full results of the race are as follows:
1st - Yorkie the Lion – York City FC
2nd - Billy Brewer – Burton Albion FC
3rd - Chaddy Owl – Oldham Athletic AFC
4th - Mr Magpie – Notts County FC
5th - Miller Bear – Rotherham United FC
6th - Sky Blue Sam – Coventry City FC
7th - Rammie – Derby County FC
8th - Rover – Blackburn Rovers FC
9th - Peter Burrow – Peterborough United FC
10th - Ollie the Ox – Oxford United FC
11th - Rover – Tranmere Rovers FC
12th - Terry the Terrier – Huddersfield Town AFC
13th - Mrs Magpie – Notts County FC
14th - Lofty Junior – Bolton Wanderers FC
15th - Pete The Eagle – Crystal Palace FC
16th - Donny Dog – Doncaster Rovers FC
17th - H’Angus the Monkey – Hartlepool United FC
18th - Filbert Fox – Leicester City FC
19th - Robin Hood – Nottingham Forest FC
20th - Olivia - Oxford United FC
21st - City Gent – Bradford City AFC
22nd - Kop Cat – Leeds United FC
23rd - Gully the Seagull – Brighton & Hove Albion FC
24th - Donnie - Milton Keynes Dons FC
25th - Mooie – Milton Keynes Dons FC
26th - Captain Blade – Sheffield United FC