PONTEFRACT’S 20th annual ‘Red Shirt Night’ charity meeting this evening (Friday) is the course’s third and final evening fixture of the summer.
It will raise revenue this year for ‘The House That Jack Built’ – a state-of-the-art rehabilitation centre for injured and retired jockeys which is to be based in Malton.
This meeting also incorporates the course’s first-ever Beer Festival in association with CAMRA. Local breweries such as Pennine Brewery, Revolutions Brewing Company and Ossett Brewery will be selling their distinctive ales.
Famous for wearing his trademark red shirt at the races, former leading northern trainer and Yorkshireman, Jack Berry MBE, has been the major driving force over the years of this charity evening meeting in his capacity as a vice-president of The Injured Jockeys Fund.
The most valuable race this evening is the Betfred Handicap Stakes, a contest for sprinters over five furlongs, offering prize money of just over £10,000.
Racing tonight starts at 6.25pm with a contest for maiden two-year-olds supported once again by Countrywide Freight of Trafford Park, while fillies and mares take part in The totepool Fillies’ Handicap Stakes over one mile and a half.
One mile is the distance in the sixth running of the Colstrope Cup Handicap Stakes - a contest supported by Yvonne Jacques and Beryl Jones.
The House That Jack Built Maiden Handicap Stakes is contested over one mile and a quarter, while sprinters take part in the final race of the evening over six furlongs, the Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival Handicap Stakes.
A giant screen will assist racegoers in following all of the action.
An 80’s tribute band, ‘Smooth Criminalz,’ will play after racing.
As usual, the racecourse will make a donation to ‘The House That Jack Built’ based on the number of runners in each race.