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
Future Fixtures
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Advance Going
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12:45 Napoleons Casino Bradford Novice Auction Stakes
6f | Class 5 | 2YO only | 7 ran
  • Winner: Pivoting 13/2
  • Jockey: Jason Hart Trainer: T D Easterby
  • Owner: Bearstone Stud Limited
13:15 Join Racing TV Now Nursery
1m | Class 5 | 2YO only | 7 ran
  • Winner: Coul Kat Evens Fav
  • Jockey: B A Curtis Trainer: B R Millman
  • Owner: The Coul Kat Partnership
13:45 ebfstallions.com Silver Tankard Stakes
Listed | 1m | Class 1 | 2YO only | 7 ran
  • Winner: Pythagoras 5/1
  • Jockey: P Hanagan Trainer: R A Fahey
  • Owner: Sir Robert Ogden
14:20 Phil Bull Trophy Conditions Stakes
2m 2f | Class 2 | 3YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Stag Horn Evens Fav
  • Jockey: Hollie Doyle Trainer: Archie Watson
  • Owner: Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib
14:50 Pontefract Thanks The NHS Handicap
1m 2f | Class 4 | 3YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Cockalorum 2/1 Fav
  • Jockey: B A Curtis Trainer: R G Fell
  • Owner: H Dean & R Fell
15:20 Racing TV On Sky Channel 426 Handicap
Div 1
6f | Class 5 | 3YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Society Queen 10/1
  • Jockey: P Hanagan Trainer: R A Fahey
  • Owner: Mrs H Steel
15:50 Racing TV On Sky Channel 426 Handicap
Div 2
6f | Class 5 | 3YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Round The Island 7/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: Lewis Edmunds Trainer: R M Whitaker
  • Owner: Nice Day Out Partnership
16:20 Visit goracinginyorkshire.com Handicap
5f | Class 4 | 3YO plus | 12 ran
  • Winner: John Kirkup 11/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Connor Beasley Trainer: M Dods
  • Owner: Mrs Suzanne Kirkup & Mr Kevin Kirkup

Address & Contact

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

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