Pontefract stages Monday meeting

AN exciting finish at a recent meeting at Pontefract. PICTURE: BRIAN LUNN.

AN exciting finish at a recent meeting at Pontefract. PICTURE: BRIAN LUNN.

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PONTEFRACT’S race season continues tomorrow (Monday) with a seven-race programme.

The action starts at 2.15pm with a handicap contest for lady amateur riders, while also featured is the Spindrifter Conditions Stakes, a contest for two-year-olds over six furlongs, held annually to commemorate the achievements of the record-breaking juvenile, Spindrifter, who won 13 races as a two-year-old in 1980, three of which were achieved at Pontefract. Spindrifter was owned by Grahame Waters, who will present the challenge trophy to the successful owner.

Other highlights on Monday include the British Stallion Studs EBF Park Suite Fillies’ Handicap Stakes, an £11,500 contest for fillies and mares over the sprint distance of six furlongs, while the Monty Hempton - A Lifetime In Racing Fillies’ Handicap Stakes over one mile, honours one of Yorkshire’s unsung racing heroes. It is one of a series of races organised by the charity Racing Welfare to acknowledge those who have spent a lifetime in the sport of racing. Robert ‘Monty’ Hempton, who was born in Downpatrick in 1950, has worked in Malton since 1972, originally for the late Jimmy Fitzgerald and latterly for trainer Richard Fahey.

Once again at this meeting, racehorse owner Tony Perkins sponsors a race in memory of his grandfather, as three-year-old sprinters contest the Wilfred Underwood Memorial Classified Stakes, while the friends and family of the late Wayne Conway continue to support a middle-distance handicap contest for three-year-olds in his memory. He was from Barnsley and enjoyed racing at Pontefract. The giant screen, situated opposite the track, will show all of the action.