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

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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.

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Advance Going

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    good in places

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18:40 Huddersfield Giants Fillies' Novice Auction Stakes (Plus 10)

(Class 5) (6f)
Grey, black seams, black cap (Keller, Redvers And Donald)
  • Winner: Comedy
  • Jockey: Ben Curtis
  • Trainer: K R Burke
  • Owner: Keller, Redvers And Donald

19:10 Tony Bethell Memorial Handicap

(Class 4) (2m 1f 27y)
Black, yellow disc, halved sleeves, black and yellow quartered cap (McGoldrick Racing)
  • Winner: Becky The Thatcher
  • Jockey: F Norton
  • Trainer: Micky Hammond
  • Owner: McGoldrick Racing

19:40 Mr Wolf Sprint Handicap

(Class 3) (6f)
Silver, gold braid, maroon cap, gold tassel (Al Shaqab Racing)
  • Winner: Shaheen
  • Jockey: J Fanning
  • Trainer: J J Quinn
  • Owner: Al Shaqab Racing

20:10 Wakefield Trinity Handicap

(Class 2) (1m 4f 5y)
Red and black diamonds, red sleeves, black armlets and diamonds on cap (Mr M J Macleod)
  • Winner: My Reward
  • Jockey: D Allan
  • Trainer: T D Easterby
  • Owner: Mr M J Macleod

20:40 Castleford Tigers Handicap

(Class 5) (6f)
Black, pink star, halved sleeves and stars on cap (Mr A Turton & Dr V Webb)
  • Winner: Highly Sprung
  • Jockey: J Fanning
  • Trainer: J L Eyre
  • Owner: Mr A Turton & Dr V Webb

21:10 Featherstone Rovers Handicap

(Class 5) (5f 3y)
White, black chevrons, red sleeves, beige cap (The Marina Partnership)
  • Winner: War Whisper
  • Jockey: J Fanning
  • Trainer: P T Midgley
  • Owner: The Marina Partnership

Address & Contact

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

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