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2019 Race Season 2019 Race Season 2019 Race Season

Fixtures & Theme Days

We have 16 race meetings each season including 3 Sundays, 3 evening meetings and 10 midweek afternoon meetings.

For full details, please click on the details for the individual race meetings. 

Book tickets

Tickets for the 2019 season are on sale now. Tickets for the 2020 season go on sale on the 1st December. 

To book tickets for any race meeting at Pontefract, please give us a call on 01977 781307 or  click here to book online

Pontefract Races - quick view of 2019/2020 fixtures

We race between April and October each year.

Month

Date

 Day

Fixture

1st race

 Last race

2019

     

October

21st

Monday

Season Finale

2.20pm

5.20pm

      

2020

     

April

7th

Tuesday

Season Opener

  
 

20th

Monday

   
 

29th

Wednesday

Northern Racing College Charity Day

  

May

22nd

Friday Eve

80s Night

  

June

8th

Monday Eve

Sports Night

  
 

21st

Sunday

Flat Cap & Whippet Family Day

  
 

29th

Monday

Art of Racing (Part 1)

  

July

7th

Tuesday

Art of Racing (Part 2)

  
 

17th

Friday Eve

Beer Festival Music Night

  
 

26th 

Sunday

Tribute Bands Family Day

  

August

5th

Wednesday

Ladies Day

  
 

16th 

Sunday

In The Zone Family Day

  

September

17th 

Thursday

   
 

24th 

Thursday

   

October

5th

Monday

   
 

19th

Monday

Season Finale

  


Race times will appear here when available.

As a rough guide, the first race will be at around 2pm for an afternoon meeting and at around 6.30pm for an evening meeting.

Gates open at:

  • Midday for a midweek afternoon raceday
  • 11.30am for a Sunday race meeting
  • 4.30pm for an evening race meeting

For more information on the individual 2019 race meetings, please click on the events below:

 

TUESDAY 9th APRIL - Season Opening Day

1st race time: 2.00pm 

The 2019 racing season at Pontefract kicks off on Tuesday 9th April.

On the track it’s the first leg of the 2019 Stayers Championship – Becky The Thatcher won the championship in 2018 meaning that her trainer, Micky Hammond, has taken the honours for 3 of the last 4 years. She’ll be a 6yo in 2019 – will she be back to defend her crown? Or will there be a new name on the role of honour? 

Don’t miss the EBF High-Rise Maiden either! With smart early horses from big yards often targeting it, it’s the first date to put in the diary! The race is named after the recently retired Luca Cumani’s 1998 Derby winner who took this race on his way to glory at Epsom. 

Click here to book tickets.

MONDAY 15th APRIL

1st race time: 2.20pm 

On the track the 2nd meeting of the season features the equine equivalent of the London Marathon!
The Pontefract Marathon is the longest flat handicap race run in Britain! Did you know that Pontefract is also the longest continuous racing circuit in Europe? At 2m 136yds all round, you need a brave, staying horse to get home up the famous ‘Ponte’ hill!

Schools are out for the Easter holidays on this date – why not plan an Easter day out with the kids? Under 18s are FREE in ALL ENCLOSURES

There are 7 exciting races to get your heart racing and it’s well worth booking the day off work!

Click here to book tickets. 

WEDNESDAY 1st MAY - Northern Racing College Charity Day

1st race time: 2.25pm

It’s the 30th Annual Northern Racing College Day.

This is a unique day in the racing calendar when bookmakers come together to offer their support to the Northern Racing College by sponsoring some of the races on the card.

Based in Doncaster, we’re proud to continue our association and support of the college who offer a range of courses at all levels for people who are looking at horseracing as a future career, and for those who are currently working in the industry wishing to develop their qualifications and skills.

If you know of anyone interested in a career in racing, tell them to come along and have a chat to the Northern Racing College Staff AND enjoy a day out at the races – there are 7 fantastic races to enjoy!

Book your tickets here . 

 

FRIDAY EVENING 24th MAY - Music Night

1st race - 6.30pm

Following on from  Bananarama at 80s Night in 2017 and Belinda Carlisle in 2018, the incredible Billy Ocean will be joining us in 2019! He'll be performing a greatest hits set straight after the last race. 



Billy Ocean has sold over 30 million records to date. With number one hits in the UK, USA, Australia, Germany and Holland, he’s achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and songwriter. 

Born in Trinidad, Billy settled in London’s East End when he was just seven and was quickly inspired by the likes of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

His first big break came when’ Love Really Hurts Without You’ reached No. 2 in the UK charts and No. 12 in the US. Other huge hits, including ‘Red Light Spells Danger’, followed on, before the million selling, Grammy Award winning, US Number 1 ‘Caribbean Queen’, ‘Loverboy’ and ‘Suddenly’. There were even more huge hits with ‘When The Going Gets Tough (the tough get going)’ and ‘There’ll Be Sad Songs (to make you cry)’ before the now classic ‘Get Outta My Dreams; Get Into My Car’ gave Billy his third US No. 1.

With a back catalogue like this, the 24th May promises to be one of the best music nights that Pontefract has ever seen! Add in the fantastic 80s Night atmosphere and 6 exciting races, it’s definitely a date for the diary!

Book your ticket for the most retro night of the season by clicking here! Come in your best 80s Fancy Dress and you could also win some fantastic spot prizes!

Tickets are limited, so make sure you book yours early! Prices include the concert after racing.

On the night

Racegoers from all enclosures will be able to move to the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure to watch the performance and listen to the music.

The audience is encouraged to go IN TO THE PARADE RING to watch the concert.

For safety reasons, after the last race, there will be NO ACCESS to the stepped area in between the raised grassed area and the Parade Ring.

A disabled viewing area is available in front of the saddling boxes. Should you need assistance, please ask one of the designated helpers in the hi-vis tabards.

Bars around the Parade Ring will stay open after the last race during the concert.

Last orders at the bars will be at 10.15pm.  

Prices

On 80s Night, the prices are as follows:

 

1st December to 9am on Monday 21st January 

21st January to 9am on Monday 4th March

4th March to midnight on 23rd May

PRICE ON THE DAY

PREMIER

£20

£21.50

£23

£25

GRANDSTAND & PADDOCK

£13

£14

£15

£17


Get your tickets before they sell out - book here

MONDAY EVENING 10TH JUNE - Sports Night

1st race 6.35pm

Following Rugby League Evening in 2017 and 2018, we'll be extending the sporting invitation to some of the other sporting teams of West Yorkshire. 

We’re lucky enough to have some fantastic sporting action on our doorstep. Not only do we have racing here in Pontefract, we have some world class Rugby League, football and cricket teams too.

On Monday Evening 10th June, you’ll get the best of both worlds as players and coaches from some of the West Yorkshire sporting teams will be coming racing and mingling with the crowds!

At the moment, the following teams have signed up for the event:


If you’re a season ticket holder with any of the participating teams, bring your season ticket along and you’ll get entrance to the Grandstand & Paddock for just £5!

It really is an opportunity not to be missed!

Watch out for ‘selfie corner’ too – you might get that one perfect shot with your team hero!

There’ll be 6 unforgettable races as well, featuring the Mr Wolf Sprint which commemorates one of the all time Ponte greats. Runners in this race have a real mountain to climb to emulate ‘Wolfie’ who ran at Pontefract an incredible 36 times. He won here 8 times in total!

He was a true Ponte legend and his brave front running style used to have his rivals in trouble from early on in the race. His final race at Pontefract was on 29th July 2012 and he’s currently enjoying retirement on his owner’s farm.

He comes and visits us though and will be back this season to parade before racing. 



Book tickets here .

SUNDAY 23rd JUNE - Flat Cap & Whippet Family Day 

1st race 2.20pm

Sunday racedays have always been extra special for Pontefract Racegoers.

Our renowned Sunday fixtures not only feature the best racing of the year at Pontefract with over £100,000 worth of Prize Money available at each meeting, but they are also the 3 fixtures each season dedicated to families. 

As well as special events on each Sunday raceday, there will also be a funfair, facepainting, circus, free sweets, activity packs and racecards for kids, pony rides, trips to the starts of races and a ‘Hunt The Golden Horseshoe’ competition on every Family Day!

The first of our Sundays is Flat Cap & Whippet Family Day and we'll have something VERY exciting going on. Keep your eyes peeled for further news in the New Year. 

We all know that Yorkshire is ‘God’s Own County’ and we all are proud of the Yorkshire we live in.

And we all know that Yorkshire is full of whippets and men wearing flat caps right? Well at Pontefract on Sunday 23rd June, it will be!

  • Come and marvel at the whippet racing as they speed up the track from midday.
  • Enjoy ferret racing in the Picnic Enclosure throughout the afternoon
  • Wear your flat cap and you could be one of 500 racegoers to pick up either a free racecard, drinks voucher or betting voucher! 




We’re also out to show that Yorkshire is much more than Flat Caps and Whippets – it’s a warm, welcoming, brilliant place to be!

We have some great offers for Sundays in 2019 - check them out here! Don't forget to book your Family Ticket in advance for a great saving!

Book tickets for this fantastic family day.

MONDAY 1st JULY - The Art of Racing Raceday (part 1)

1st race 2pm

Once again, we will have two Art of Racing Racedays in 2019! These racedays celebrate everything we know and love about The Sport of Kings!

On BOTH DAYS we’ll be looking for 7 guest tipsters to each preview one of the races on the day. These previews will be published online and in the racecards on the day with our tipsters invited to the course to share their knowledge before each race.

We’ll also be looking for 7 judges with a keen eye to pick a best turned out prize in each race.

Want to get involved on the 1st July? Click on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to send us an email enquiry!

There’ll be trips to the start of selected races so enthusiasts can see what happens in the calm of the open parkland down at the Start.

We’ll also be running a commentary booth for people to have a go at commentating ‘behind the scenes’.

Two days truly dedicated to The Art of Racing.

There is some brilliant action on the track on both days too!

On Monday 1st July the EBF Spindrifter Conditions Stakes takes centre stage. In 2018, the race was won by Mark Johnston's Blown By Wind who found this a little easier than when he ran so well behind the top notch Calyx at Royal Ascot.



Tickets for this Award Winning Event can be booked here

TUESDAY 9TH JULY - The Art of Racing Raceday (part 2) 

1st race 2.15pm

Once again, we will have two Art of Racing Racedays in 2019! These racedays celebrate everything we know and love about The Sport of Kings!

On BOTH DAYS we’ll be looking for 7 guest tipsters to each preview one of the races on the day. These previews will be published online and in the racecards on the day with our tipsters invited to the course to share their knowledge before each race.

We’ll also be looking for 7 judges with a keen eye to pick a best turned out prize in each race.

Want to get involved on the 9th July? Click on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to send us an email enquiry!

There’ll be trips to the start of selected races so enthusiasts can see what happens in the calm of the open parkland down at the Start.

We’ll also be running a commentary booth for people to have a go at commentating ‘behind the scenes’.

Two days truly dedicated to The Art of Racing.

There is some brilliant action on the track on both days too!

The action on Tuesday 9th July features the Listed Weatherbys Pipalong Stakes! With an impressive role of honour, Clon Coulis took the honours in 2018 for David Barron and Ben Curtis. She followed up with another Listed win at Ascot!


Tickets for this Award Winning Raceday can be booked here . 

FRIDAY EVENING 19th JULY - Abba Night and Beer Festival / Red Shirt Night

1st race 6.25pm

If you're after a fantastic night out with great racing, a fabulous atmosphere, award winning beers and lagers and one of the UK's best Abba bands, then this is the night for you.

The Fabba Girls are a critically acclaimed 6 piece live band who bring fun and singalong music with them to every venue that they play. They'll be playing the greatest Abba hits in their brilliant live set straight after the last race. 



We also have Pennine Brewery, Revolutions Brewing Co, Ossett Brewery and Bier Huis joining us for our annual Beer Festival.

There are 6 fantastic races to keep you entertained throughout the evening too!

And if all that wasn’t enough, we’ll be raising money for the incredible Injured Jockeys Fund through Jack Berry’s historic ‘Red Shirt Night’. The Red Shirt is purely optional – just bring yourself, your friends and your party spirit, and you’ll have a night to remember.

It’s always a hugely popular evening, so why not secure your place now with our fantastic early bird discounts.

Prices

 

1st December to 9am on Monday 21st January 

21st January to 9am on Monday 4th March

4th March to midnight on 18th July 

PRICE ON THE DAY

PREMIER

£20

£21.50

£23

£25

GRANDSTAND & PADDOCK 

£13

£14

£15

£17

Tickets and badges are full price on the turnstiles.

Get your tickets here
 

SUNDAY 28TH JULY - Lookalike Legends Family Day

1st race 2.20pm

Sunday racedays have always been extra special for Pontefract Racegoers.

Our renowned Sunday fixtures not only feature the best racing of the year at Pontefract with over £100,000 worth of Prize Money available at each meeting, but they are also the 3 fixtures each season dedicated to families. 

As well as special events on each Sunday raceday, there will also be a funfair, facepainting, circus, free sweets, activity packs and racecards for kids, pony rides, trips to the starts of races and a ‘Hunt The Golden Horseshoe’ competition on every Family Day!

Our second Family Sunday is the Lookalike Legends Family Day and we’ll have 3 fantastic acts performing throughout the afternoon. There'll be a really fun, family atmosphere!

We have Classic Kylie (12noon to 12.40pm) and TotOlly Murs (12.50pm to 1.30pm) before racing and Totally Take That (5.50pm to 6.40pm) after the last race!

It's also the 12th Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival which kicks off at Ripon on Saturday 20th July and concludes with this Ponte Family Day on Sunday 28th July. With racing throughout the White Rose county all week, it’s a Festival to remember for racing enthusiasts. 

There’s some stunning action on the track as well with the Listed Pomfret Stakes being the feature. Mick Appleby's globe trotting Big Country took the race in 2018 before going on to compete in Group races in Norway and Sweden. Who’ll take the honours in 2019?

For further information on the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival and events during the week, please view www.goracing.co.uk 


   
The value seekers amongst you may want to look at one of our Raceday Experiences or buy a Family Ticket . The Family Ticket gives admission to the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure for 2 adults and their children!

Get your tickets here .
 

WEDNESDAY 7th AUGUST - Ladies Day

1st race 2.20pm

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to buy a new outfit, then look no further. The glitz and glamour hits Ponte Carlo on the 7th August. 

With an array of hats, fascinators and stilettos, the ladies of Yorkshire truly do ‘dress to impress’ in an effort to win the coveted Best Dressed Lady Competition. And once again in 2019, we'll have a Best Dressed Gents competition too!

The Gents Competition will take place first as a warm up for the much coveted Best Dressed Lady Competition

BEST DRESSED GENTLEMAN COMPETITION (1pm)

The Best Dressed Gent Competition will be judged before racing starts. Watch out for the judging team who will allocate numbers to 25 lucky finalists. They'll be on the lookout from the minute that the gates open at midday and the 25 finalists will then gather in the Parade Ring at 1pm with the top 3 announced around 1.10pm.

1st prize £350
2nd prize £100
3rd prize £50


BEST DRESSED LADY COMPETITION (1.15pm)

The Best Dressed Lady Competition will be judged before racing starts. Watch out for the judging team who will allocate numbers to 100 lucky finalists. They'll be on the lookout from the minute that the gates open at midday and the 100 finalists will then gather in the Parade Ring at 1.15pm with the top 3 announced around 1.40pm. 

The 2019 prizes:

THE WINNER

In 2019, our Best Dressed Lady will win a holiday for 2 to the stunning Ocho Rios RIU resort in Jamaica!
This all inclusive week long trip includes flights!
The winner will also compete to be the Best Dressed Lady in Yorkshire at the final at Doncaster Racecourse.

THE RUNNER UP

The runner up will win a fabulous three night break in the RIU Plaza Espana Hotel in Madrid!

THE SECOND RUNNER UP

The second runner up will win a VIP trip to Pontefract Races in the Park Suite Restaurant.
 

For those who want to simply have a fantastic day out, then make sure you arrive early as there’ll be a buttonhole and glass of bubbly for the first 500 ladies through the Premier Entrance.

Get here early to claim your place in the Champagne Bar, pick out your winners for the day and enjoy!

Gents, you’re more than welcome on our Ladies Day – it’s open to all. But, if you’re hoping to catch the eye of a flashy filly, make sure you’re dressed to the nines.  

Looking to really make the most of your Ladies Day? Then why not create your own bespoke Ladies Day experience? Or upgrade to a Premier Gold experience!

Get tickets for this hugely popular event here

SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST - The In The Zone Family Day

1st race 2pm

Sunday racedays have always been extra special for Pontefract Racegoers.

Our renowned Sunday fixtures not only feature the best racing of the year at Pontefract with over £100,000 worth of Prize Money available at each meeting, but they are also the 3 fixtures each season dedicated to families. 

As well as special events on each Sunday raceday, there will also be a funfair, facepainting, circus, free sweets, activity packs and racecards for kids, pony rides, trips to the starts of races and a ‘Hunt The Golden Horseshoe’ competition on every Family Day!

Our final Family Day of 2019 will be run once again as The In The Zone Raceday!

We are setting up zones around the Enclosures to offer racegoers the chance to engage with and learn a little more about different parts of the industry:

  • The jockey zone – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an ex- jockeys take on how to ride Ponte. Walk the last 6 furlongs at 11.30am (numbers limited) - THIS IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
  • The industry zone – Behind the Scenes Tour in the Weighing Room from 12.30pm – 12.45pm
  • The horse zone – Join the ex racehorses and vets during a parade of ex racers from 12.45pm – 1pm
  • The quiet zone – Enjoy a free tea or coffee with us while you read the Racing Post and sort out your selections. Peace and quiet between 12.30pm and 1pm in the Betting Hall
  • The newcomers zone – Meet our ‘Here to Help’ team who’ll show you around and explain how an afternoon at the races works. Join us on the Marquee Site – 1.00pm
  • The tipster zone – Listen to the expert Punters Panel in the Winners Enclosure at 1.30pm
  • The kids zone – Get the kids involved with the live demonstrations of horse handling and care. Watch them enjoy the Interactive Kids zone throughout the afternoon in the Picnic Enclosure.  



The highlight of our final Family Day of 2019 is the EBF Highfield Farm Flying Fillies Listed race and you’ll be seeing some very speedy equine ladies. 
 
Don't forget that you can book your great value Family Ticket or enhance your raceday experience here.

Tickets for the final family day of 2019 are on sale here



 

Autumn Racedays - The All About The Racing Racedays


 

As the Summer draws to an end and Autumn sets in, we wind down our season with 4 midweek race meetings.

We will have the same great offers on if you book in advance for any of these race meetings.

  • £10 off Premier Badges purchased up to 1 month before the date of each race meeting
  • £7 off Grandstand & Paddock tickets purchased up to 1 month before the date of each race meeting
  • Book 4 tickets or badges in advance for the September race meetings and you’ll get a free Racing Post! 
  • Book 4 tickets or badges in advance for the October race meetings and you’ll get a free Timeform!

On each Raceday we’ll be offering some invaluable help to find the winners:

  • A Punters Pundit to guide you through the racing each day between 1pm and 1.30pm
  • A Parade Ring Pundit picking out those looking well before each race
  • A Guest Racecard analysis – We’ll have a guest punters page in the racecard to preview the action for each race meeting

It’s going to be great fun but most importantly, it’s going to be All About The Racing.

THURSDAY 19th SEPTEMBER

1st race 2.10pm

There are 7 races on this card with the highlight the £30,000 EBF Fillies’ Handicap over 6f. 

Why not spend the afternoon in the Park Suite Restaurant with some fine dining and good company, and back a winner or two to go with it!

Tickets are on sale here .
 

THURSDAY 26th SEPTEMBER

1st race 2.15pm

The highlight of our second September meeting is the Dalby Screw Driver Handicap. In the early 19th century, 'Screw Driver' set the Pontefract pulses racing. He won at least 2 ‘Cup’ races! These consisted of four heats over 2 miles on the same day: the winner being the horse with the best aggregate score over the 8 miles! He is the earliest Pontefract course specialist on record!

This race is one of 7 exciting races on the card which gets under way just after 2pm!

Get your tickets here 
 

MONDAY 7th OCTOBER

1st race 2.00pm

Our penultimate meeting as the season begins to draw to a close. As the nights draw in, Mondays in October can seem a bit dismal but we’ve got something to brighten the darkest Autumnal day!

This race meeting offers FREE admission to OAPs (those aged 60 or over) in the Grandstand & Paddock or Picnic Enclosure. If you're over 60 and would like to try racing for free on this day, just turn up on the day. If you are lucky enough to look younger than your years, then you may be asked for proof of age on entry. 

There’s some really good racing on this day as many trainers try to get their horses to the track for one final run.

If you haven't tried one of our Premier Gold options, then today could be the day! Why not give it a go and enjoy the racing from the exclusive Dalby Stand boxes?

Tickets are on sale here

MONDAY 21st OCTOBER - Season Finale Day

1st race 2.20pm

The final day of the 2019 season sees our final Listed Race where the 2yos take to the stage in the EBF Silver Tankard Stakes.

It’s always a popular and well attended race meeting as it’s time to have a final catch up with the friends that you’ve made at Pontefract through the season.

There will be the chance to do some very early Christmas shopping when the Injured Jockeys Fund bring their stall. Or you could always purchase an annual badge for 2020?

For the final chance to visit Pontefract in 2019, book tickets here

And don't forget:

The Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival 2019

The 12th Annual Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival will take place at the following Race Meetings in 2019:

Saturday 20th July - Ripon

Sunday 21st July - Redcar

Monday 22nd July - Beverley (Evening Meeting)

Tuesday 23rd July - blank day

Wednesday 24th July - Catterick

Thursday 25th July - Doncaster (Evening Meeting)

Friday 26th July - Thirsk
Friday 26th July - York (Evening Meeting)

Saturday 27th July - York

Sunday 28th July - Pontefract

For further details, please view the Go Racing In Yorkshire website.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PONTEFRACT RACES are run by PONTEFRACT PARK RACE COMPANY LIMITED, a company registered in England No. 159754 whose address within Great Britain is The Administration Office, Pontefract Park, Park Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 4QD.

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