First Time Racegoer


Never been to the races before?


A bit daunted by all the jargon?


Not sure where to go and what to do?


Well don’t worry – help is at hand with our guide for the First Time Racegoer!

How do I get tickets?

Booking your tickets couldn’t be easier.


Whether you’re planning a group outing, trying to arrange a family day out or simply being really organised, there’s a step by step guide to buying your tickets here.

What happens at a day at the races?

There are lots of elements to a day at the races and our easy guide to each step will ensure that you have a fantastic day.


From arriving at the Course, to picking your horse, learning some of the racing lingo, to finding out where to eat, it’s all available here.


How do I put a bet on?

Lots of people like to have a flutter at the races. It’s lovely to have the excitement of cheering on a winner, but you don’t have to have a bet to enjoy your day out.


If you do fancy a flutter, follow our simple guide to putting a bet on.

Where do I go?

There are options for every budget at Pontefract.


You can choose where you’d like to be by looking at the facilities available.


Don’t forget that you can always upgrade your ticket on the day if you’d like to get closer to the action.

Handy facts about Ponte

  • Pontefract stages flat racing.
  • The course is run left handed over an undulating circuit two miles in circumference, with a two furlong home straight. That makes it the longest continuous flat racing circuit in Europe!
  • The last six furlongs of the course are essentially uphill. This means in longer races, particularly on soft or heavy going, stamina is very important.
  • Low drawn horses are sometimes considered to be favoured in sprints up to six furlongs