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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Upcoming races
14:25 William Hill Supports The Northern Racing College EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10)
(Class 4) (5f 3y)
  • Winner: Kidda 4/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: T Hamilton Trainer: R A Fahey
  • Owner: Nick Bradley Racing 36 & Partner
15:00 Trustees Of The Northern Racing College/british Ebf Maiden Stakes
(Class 5) (1m 2f 5y)
  • Winner: Desert Icon 3/10 Fav
  • Jockey: D Tudhope Trainer: W J Haggas
  • Owner: Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum
15:35 Doncaster Equine College Handicap
(Class 5) (1m 2f 5y)
  • Winner: Regular Income 6/1
  • Jockey: Toby Eley Trainer: Adam West
  • Owner: Ian & Amanda Maybrey And Partners
16:10 Zilco Training Range Supports The Northern Racing College Handicap
(Class 4) (1m 6y)
  • Winner: Kripke 7/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Ben Curtis Trainer: T D Barron
  • Owner: Harrowgate Bloodstock Ltd
16:45 Ladbrokes Supporting The Northern Racing College Handicap
(Class 4) (6f)
  • Winner: Highly Sprung 4/1
  • Jockey: J Fanning Trainer: J L Eyre
  • Owner: Mr A Turton & Dr V Webb
17:15 Northern Racing College Handicap
(Class 5) (6f)
  • Winner: Gale Force Maya 33/1
  • Jockey: P Mulrennan Trainer: M Dods
  • Owner: Mr Frank Lowe
17:50 Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Handicap
(Class 5) (5f 3y)
  • Winner: Peggie Sue 7/1
  • Jockey: Toby Eley Trainer: Adam West
  • Owner: West Racing Partnership

Address & Contact

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

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