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.


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 Weaver
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Last Update: 03/08/2020 17:00

12:25 British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes
5f | Class 5 | 2YO only | 6 ran
  • Winner: Mirror Kisses 16/5 2Fav
  • Jockey: George Bass Trainer: M R Channon
  • Owner: Mr M Channon
12:55 British Stallion Studs Ebf Pontefract Maiden Stakes
6f | Class 5 | 2YO only | 12 ran
  • Winner: Jianzi 16/1
  • Jockey: G Lee Trainer: Jedd O'Keeffe
  • Owner: Geoff & Sandra Turnbull
13:25 Fly High Faye Nickels Handicap
6f | Class 5 | 3YO plus | 12 ran
  • Winner: Grace And Virtue 14/1
  • Jockey: T Hamilton Trainer: R A Fahey
  • Owner: Kaniz Bloodstock Investments Ltd
13:55 Solutions 4 Cleaning Handicap
1m | Class 5 | 3YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Striding Edge 10/3 2Fav
  • Jockey: B A Curtis Trainer: M Johnston
  • Owner: Mrs Christine E Budden & Partners
14:25 Jayne - On Course Lady Bookmaker Handicap
1m 2f | Class 4 | 3YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Highwaygrey 6/5 Fav
  • Jockey: D Allan Trainer: T D Easterby
  • Owner: Reality Partnerships Vii
14:55 Riu Hotels And Resorts Maiden Handicap
2m 1f | Class 5 | 3YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Frankenstella 3/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: B A Curtis Trainer: J J Quinn
  • Owner: Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited
15:25 Bet With Jayne - Your Local Bookmaker Handicap
1m 4f | Class 3 | 3YO plus | 5 ran
  • Winner: Squelch 15/8 2Fav
  • Jockey: B A Curtis Trainer: Rae Guest
  • Owner: Purple & Yellow
15:55 Tiesplanet.com Handicap
1m 4f | Class 5 | 3YO plus | 12 ran
  • Winner: Monsaraz 33/1
  • Jockey: A Mullen Trainer: J G Given
  • Owner: Mr Peter Onslow

Address & Contact

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

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