Evening meetings are always extremely popular at Pontefract and the first of three this year is 80s Night this Friday (May 25).
It’s the first of two music nights and with one of the world’s biggest international female singers from the 80s, Belinda Carlisle, playing after the last race, it promises to be the best 80s Night yet.
Over the last three decades Belinda Carlisle has made the journey from Hollywood-based teen punk with the Go-Gos to global pop icon with a series of instantly memorable pop-rock singles. It was with ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth’ that Belinda achieved international success, the number one on both sides of the Atlantic launching the start of an incredible solo career. With huge hits such as ‘Circle In The Sand’, ‘Live Your Life Be Free’ and ‘Do You Feel Like I Feel’, this year’s 80s Night is going to be a brilliant evening.
With a tour of America planned for the summer Pontefract Racecourse will be one of the only chances to catch Belinda Carlisle in the UK this year.
On track, the highlight is the six furlong £25,000 EBF Youngsters Conditions Stakes. With an impressive list of previous runners (including last year’s winner, Rufus King, who went on to win at Ascot and Newmarket), it always attracts some interesting and precocious juveniles looking to stake their claim for Royal Ascot glory.
Constant Security Services provide the uniformed officers on duty on racedays at Pontefract and they sponsor two races. Mutadaffeq won one of these last year for trainer David O’Meara then came back to win on Ladies Day.
Napoleons Casino Bradford sponsor the fillies handicap over 1m 2f. It was won last year by the Mark Johnston trained Bonnie Arlene who went on to win at Sandown and Musselburgh in 2017. Get Up And Dance was the appropriately named winner in 2016 and there’ll be plenty of racegoers doing that in 2018 when Belinda Carlisle takes to the stage.
If you are bringing a car to this meeting, don’t forget to pick up your voucher for two free bottles of water. Keep an eye out for the Ponte team handing out vouchers in the car parks that can be redeemed at any of the ‘Designated Driver’ points around the racecourse.
It is going to be a fantastic night of racing, laughter, music and nostalgia and many racegoers will be taking advantage of the dress code being relaxed when they pick out their best fancy dress outfit and hope to pick up one of the spot prizes provided by tiesplanet.com
Premier Enclosure badges are currently £23 while Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure tickets are £15 - both prices include the concert after racing. Entrance on the night will be full price (£25 and £17). Advance tickets can be bought from www.pontefract-races.co.uk or by ringing 01977 781307.