Feature race in memory of turf legend Phil Bull

NORMAN Gundill (left), clerk of the course at Pontefract, presents a retirement gift to senior steward David Brotherton who retires at the end of the year. PICTURE: BRIAN LUNN.
NORMAN Gundill (left), clerk of the course at Pontefract, presents a retirement gift to senior steward David Brotherton who retires at the end of the year. PICTURE: BRIAN LUNN.
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PONTEFRACT’S penultimate race meeting of the season on Monday features the Phil Bull Trophy Conditions Stakes.

The seven-race programme gets underway at 2.10pm.

The longest race of the afternoon, the 25th renewal of the Phil Bull Trophy, a conditions contest for stayers over two and a quarter miles, is named after one of the legends of the turf, the late Phil Bull, who founded the renowned Timeform Organisation, the respected racing form specialists based in Halifax. The original headquarters of Timeform was at Hemsworth.

Mr Bull, who died in 1989, had a long affinity with Pontefract racecourse, it being the first course he visited as a boy and where his famous ‘cerise, white circle’ colours were first carried to victory as an owner. The Phil Bull Trophy is the penultimate race in this season’s Pontefract Stayers’ Championship which comprises all of the races for stayers at the course.

Going into Monday’s race, the Yorkshire-trained pair of Descaro and Spruzzo share the lead with 14 points each, followed by Wells Lyrical on 13 points.

With nine points for a win, there’s everything to play for.

At the end of the series on October 17 - Pontefract’s final meeting of 2011 - the owner, trainer and stable staff of the horse accumulating the most number of points will each receive a trophy and £1,000.

Regular sponsors dem Window Solutions of Barnsley once again support a handicap contest for three-year-olds over one mile and a half, while the opening race, a contest for maiden two-year-olds, is supported by the European Breeders’ Fund. The giant screen situated opposite the main stands will enable racegoers to follow all the action.