Fun evening on cards at Pontefract meeting

Action from one of this season's meetings at Pontefract. PICTURE: BRIAN LUNN.

Action from one of this season's meetings at Pontefract. PICTURE: BRIAN LUNN.

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PONTEFRACT’S ‘Singles Night’ race meeting on Monday promises to be an evening of fun, flirting and racing (6.30pm start).

The popular ‘Are you interested?’ traffic-light sticker system will be in place for those looking for a kindred spirit in the ‘Love Zone’, while the appropriately-named Steve Love Band provide the musical entertainment.

The ‘Love Zone’ in a marquee by the Parade Ring is a ‘singles’ area, containing a ‘Singles Bar’, speed dating and blind date competitions and a ‘Locked up in Love’ competition.

Breakfast Show hosts of Radio Aire, JK and Joel will be on hand to make sure the ‘Singles Night’ activities run smoothly, and there’s a special package for the ‘Singles Night’ Suite in the Dalby Stand at £40 per person for entrance into the VIP Suite, which includes hot buffet, viewing balconies, racecard, parking etc. Pre-booking can be made via the racecourse.

The Tony Bethell Memorial Handicap Stakes is a race for stayers over two miles and one furlong which commemorates a former chairman of Pontefract racecourse. This is the third of eight races in the Pontefract Stayers’ Championship, a competition involving races of over two miles at the course during the season, offering bonuses of £3,000 and trophies to the connections of the Series’ winner, based on a points system according to wins and places obtained during the series.

With 13 points, Descaro leads the way from Spruzzo (nine points).

Three-year-old sprinters face the starter in the Mr. Wolf Sprint Handicap Stakes, a contest over six furlongs named after course specialist, Mr. Wolf, the winner of eight races at Pontefract. The giant screen situated opposite the main stands will assist racegoers in following all of the action