Pontefract Course Guide

The West Yorkshire course hosts racing throughout the summer including four Listed contests of which the Pontefract Castle Stakes is arguably the seasonal highlight.

Run over a mile and a half, the race has been won by some useful horses since its inception in 2005, most notably Brown Panther, who scored in 2012 and 2013 before going on to prove himself a very smart horse with wins in the Goodwood Cup, Irish St Leger and Dubai Gold Cup.

Other important races run at the Yorkshire track include the Pipalong Stakes, a one-mile event for fillies and mares, the Pomfret Stakes, run over a mile for three-year-olds and older and the Silver Tankard Stakes, a one-mile race for two-year-olds in October.

Flat Racing

Pontefract Flat RacingTimeform

Left handed, with considerable gradients and a stiff, uphill finish. The emphasis is more on stamina than speed courtesy of the final three furlongs; as such, in-running punters should be wary of those who go for home a long way out. On very testing going, the jockeys occasionally race wide in search of better ground, swinging across to the stand side in the straight.

You have to be aware when you’re on a keen horse at Pontefract that, whether you go to post to the left or right, it’s downhill all the way to the start. Wise local punters often go down to the 1f marker to watch their fancy for that very reason. The track itself is incredibly stiff, a proper test, and being on the inside is a massive advantage. There’s a temptation to come wide, which can be a good move in soft ground, but, when it’s quick, you’re best to sit and suffer. Stamina there is always at a premium.

View from the saddle: Jason WeaverJason Weaver

Advance Going

  • Soft
    heavy in places

Current Weather

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Rainfall: 2.01cm

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Upcoming Races


14:10 Napoleons Casino Bradford Median Auction Maiden Stakes

(Class 5) (5f 3y)
Royal blue, beige hoop and sleeves, white cap (Mrs C Cashman)
  • Winner: Red Saree
  • Jockey: J Fanning
  • Trainer: M Wigham
  • Owner: Mrs C Cashman

14:40 Matty Bown Handicap

(Class 4) (1m 6y)
White, light blue stars, sleeves and cap (Mr M Moulds)
  • Winner: Detachment
  • Jockey: Jane Elliott
  • Trainer: J L Eyre
  • Owner: Mr M Moulds

15:15 Roa/racing Post Owners' Jackpot Handicap

(Class 4) (1m 2f 5y)
Light blue and grey stripes, light blue sleeves, hooped cap (Hollowdean)
  • Winner: Daawy
  • Jockey: Ben Curtis
  • Trainer: R G Fell
  • Owner: Hollowdean

15:45 Ebf 'breeders' Series' Fillies' Handicap

(Class 2) (6f)
Light blue, white hollow box, check cap (Mr Con Harrington)
  • Winner: Maid In India
  • Jockey: Rachel Richardson
  • Trainer: E J Alston
  • Owner: Mr Con Harrington

16:20 Pontefract Stayers Championship Handicap

(Class 5) (2m 1f 27y)
Dark blue, red sleeves, dark blue stars, red cap, dark blue star (Mrs Nicola Murray)
  • Winner: So Near So Farhh
  • Jockey: K T O'Neill
  • Trainer: M R Channon
  • Owner: Mrs Nicola Murray

16:55 British Stallion Studs Ebf Maiden Stakes

(Class 3) (1m 4f 5y)
Royal blue, orange disc, orange and royal blue striped sleeves and cap (Mr M Tabor)
  • Winner: Baritone
  • Jockey: R L Moore
  • Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
  • Owner: Mr M Tabor

17:25 Never Miss A Race On Racing Uk Apprentice Handicap

(Class 5) (6f)
Yellow, emerald green star, royal blue sleeves, red cap (Nice Day Out Partnership)
  • Winner: Round The Island
  • Jockey: Rob J Fitzpatrick
  • Trainer: R M Whitaker
  • Owner: Nice Day Out Partnership

Address & Contact

Pontefract Park Race Co. Ltd
Administration Offices
Pontefract Park
Park Road
West Yorkshire
01977 781307

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