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A horse, a 9-1 horse, wins King Richard III race

Pontefract Civic Society  presentation of the King Richard III trophy to the winner of the Handicap Stakes. Picture: Alan Wright (Official Photographers Ltd)

Pontefract Civic Society presentation of the King Richard III trophy to the winner of the Handicap Stakes. Picture: Alan Wright (Official Photographers Ltd)

The crowning of the winner of the Richard the Third stakes at Pontefract Races was succeeded by an alternative viewpoint of the historical villain.

Philippa Langley, the screenwriter who spearheaded the search for the remains of King Richard III, presented the trophy to the winning racehorse owner and later delivered a talk about the controversial monarch.

Miss Langley first handed over the prize to Mrs T Galletley whose horse, My Name is Rio, a 9-1 shot, won the six-furlong sprint last Tuesday.

The presentation and talk was organised by members of Pontefract Civic Society who invited the scholar to come to the town where the King had close ties.

King Richard III granted Pontefract a royal charter in 1484 which made the town a free borough with a mayor and gave it a raft of other powers.

After the race Miss Langley gave a wide ranging talk to 150 people at St Giles’ Church about the King.

Peter Cookson, chairman of Pontefract Civic Society, said the screen writer talked about the search for the royal remains, which were found under a car park in Leicester. The search was featured in the TV documentary called The King in the Car Park.

 

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