Our next race meeting of the 2019 season is on Thursday 19th September.
The going for the race meeting on Thursday 19th September is currently Good to Firm (8.6). We are watering to maintain.
Further updates will appear here when available.
We will have an additional security presence at all Race Meetings.
Security marshalls will be carrying out bag searches at ALL entrances ahead of racing so please make sure that you allow plenty of time for admission into the Racecourse.
These measures are for the safety and security of all racegoers so that everyone has an enjoyable time with us with fantastic racing and brilliant entertainment.
Racegoers are permitted to bring a small amount of alcohol as part of a picnic into any enclosure OTHER THAN the Premier Enclosure.
This equates to a maximum of 4 cans per person or half a bottle of wine per person. However, please note that no glass bottles can be brought in to the enclosures. If you would rather bring spirits, please bring the pre-mixed cans.
There are a number of fast food outlets around the Racecourse, as well as Restaurants and Bars. A full list of all food outlets is available here.
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The 2019 season continues on Thursday 19th September
As the Summer draws to an end and the Autumn sets in, we wind down our season with four midweek race meetings where it’s all about the racing. We have two Thursday meetings in September and two Monday meetings in October and we kick off on Thursday 19th September.
It’s all about the racing on show and we will be offering you some invaluable tips to help you find some winners on the day. We will have a Punters Panel to guide you through the racing at around 1pm – 1.30pm and a Parade Ring Pundit to pick out those looking well before each race. As well as all of that, we also have the opportunity for a Guest Racecard analysis from a member of public! We are giving you the chance to write a preview for each of our races on the day which will appear in the racecard to help racegoers find a winner.
There’s some great action on track with seven fantastic races lined up. The feature of the day is the EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap Stakes for a £30,000 prize, sponsored by Oxfordshire based Elkington Stud who are supporting the charity Racing to School. Last year’s feature was won by 8/1 shot Maid In India for Rachael Richardson and Eric Alston. Since that victory, all of Maid In India’s subsequent runs have been in Listed races, winning one of them.
Napoleons Casino Bradford sponsor several races over the season here at Ponte and they sponsor the first race, the Median Auction Maiden Stakes over 5 furlongs. Last year’s winner of this race was ridden by Joe Fanning, who recently passed 2,500 career winners! Neighbouring, Pontefract & District Golf Club sponsor the third race on the card, for three-year-olds and older. Yorkshire based trainer Roger Fell claimed a 1-2 in the same race last year with Daawy beating stablemate Mulligatawny by ½ length. The second race on the card is named after the late Matty Bown, former Head groundsman at Pontefract Racecourse.
The fourth race on the card is run over 2m1f and named after Sharon Watt’s, Madam Lilibet, who ran here an incredible 24 times, winning three. The ten-year-old competed in the Stayers Championship Series on a number of occasions and was renowned for her quirkiness. She was just as likely to pull herself up as she was to win, including back in October 2017 at Ponte when she initially refused to leave the parade ring before putting up a startling performance to beat her rivals. The Maiden Stakes over 1m4f is the penultimate race of the day and is sponsored in honour of Paul Harratt. Our final race of the day is sponsored by Racing TV and is for Apprentice jockeys. This race last year was won by course specialist Round The Island who has four Ponte wins to his name.
Join us as we wind down our season. Why not join us for a day of hospitality? We advise you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. To book, or view full details, please visit www.pontefract-races.co.uk to secure your tickets now.
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