pontefract Racecourse

Pontefract Racecourse is a hugely popular course in South Yorkshire and attracts big crowds to the 16 race days each year, from April through to October. Similar to York Racecourse the track was changed from a horse shoe shape to the complete oval we see today in 1983. The change allowed for races over two miles to be held and made Pontefract Europe's longest continous flat circuit at 2m and 125yds. The major listed races of the year include the Pontefract Castle Stakes over a mile and a half in June, the Pipalong Stakes over 1m for fillies and mares in July, the Pomfret Stakes run over 1m for three-year-olds and older also in July and the Silver Tankard Stakes, a 1m race for two-year-olds in October.

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Pontefract Racecourse is a hugely popular course in South Yorkshire and attracts big crowds to the 16 race days each year, from April through to October. There has been racing recorded on the current location since as early as 1790, with three day meetings being recorded in 1801. During the Second World War Pontefract and Stockton Racecourse on Teesside were the only two courses in the North of England to host horseracing. As a result the Ebor Meeting from York was actually hosted at Pontefract in 1943 and run over 1m 4f it was won by Yorkshire Hussar. Similar to York Racecourse the track was changed from a horse shoe shape to the complete oval we see today in 1983. The change allowed for races over two miles to be held. The major listed races of the year include the Pontefract Castle Stakes over a mile and a half in June, the Pipalong Stakes over 1m for fillies and mares in July, the Pomfret Stakes run over 1m for three-year-olds and older also in July and the Silver Tankard Stakes, a 1m race for two-year-olds in October.

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24/04/2017

27%

Trainer Michael Easterby has a 27% strike rate in the last two weeks – Check out his ride MISS SHERIDAN in the 5.40pm here this evening

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