First of Pontefract’s evening meetings

ACTION from a meeting at Pontefract. PICTURE: BRIAN LUNN.
ACTION from a meeting at Pontefract. PICTURE: BRIAN LUNN.

THE annual ‘Irish Night’ race meeting takes place at Pontefract this evening (Friday).

Racing starts at 6.25pm for the first of Pontefract’s three evening meetings this summer.

There are special Guinness promotions in the grandstand and paddock enclosure, including a free half pint for the first 100 people into the enclosure.

Traditional Irish music is provided by the ‘Beer For Breakfast’ and a selection of Irish food is on offer, as the racecourse once again celebrates all things Irish.

The evening’s feature race is the Youngsters Conditions Stakes, a £10,000 contest for two-year-olds over six furlongs. This race is sure to attract some precocious juveniles, exemplified by recent winners such as Sir Xaar and Hellvelyn.

Last year’s winner, Galtymore Lad went on to compete in some high-profile races for two-year-olds.

Constant Security Services, who provide the security duties at Pontefract and several other racecourses, particularly in Yorkshire, once again sponsor a couple of handicap contests at this evening fixture.

The MSK Fillies’ Handicap Stakes over one mile and a quarter is supported for the ninth year by the Morley-based company MSK Works, in memory of a former director and co-founder of the business, Malcolm King, who was a keen racegoer.

The opening race is The St. John Ambulance Handicap Stakes, a contest over one mile, the title of which recognises the voluntary work carried out by the St. John Ambulance Brigade on racedays at Pontefract.

The giant screen, situated opposite the main stands, will show all of the action on the track