High tea and top class racing at Pontefract

A thrilling finish at Pontefract's last meeting. Picture: Alan Wright.
A thrilling finish at Pontefract's last meeting. Picture: Alan Wright.

The Midsummer Tea Party comes to Pontefract races tomorrow (Monday).

With a range of tasty looking treats available from local farm shop Farmer Copleys, it’s going to be a highly civilised afternoon of high tea and top class racing

There are three different afternoon tea packages available and racegoers are advised to book before close of play tomorrow (Friday) to guarantee their place in the Farmer Copleys marquee.

Walk in space will be available but limited. Visit the Racecourse website at www.pontefract-races.co.uk for full information.

On the track, the European Breeders Fund sponsor the two most valuable races on the card - the Park Suite Fillies Handicap and the Spindrifter Conditions Stakes.

The latter always produces a speedy youngster - the race was won in 2014 by Mark Johnston’s Pallister who impressed the Dubai outfit Godolphin who purchased him shortly afterwards.

The race honours Spindrifter, a prolific winner as a juvenile in 1980.

The EBF Park Suite Fillies Handicap over six furlongs gives the fairer sex a chance to battle it out - in 2014 Stepping Out ran out a very impressive winner and she will hopefully be back to try and defend her crown.

The popular Lifetime in Racing Series host a five furlonn sprint in honour of Richard Lingwood of Norton Grove Stud in Malton.

The Stud has seen a number of high class stallions through their paddocks including Bollin Eric, Winter Derby winner Gentleman’s Deal, Presidium and Timeless Times and they now have both Monsieuir Bond and Milk It Mick to add to their list.

Tony Perkins sponsors a couple of races on the card - a classified race in honour of his late grandfather Wilfred Underwood and a handicap for Lady Amateur riders celebrating Monte Saffer’s 80th birthday. The six furlong Classified race gives lightly raced horses who have won just one race the chance to battle it out before stepping forward into handicap or listed company.

The Conway Family will again be remembering Wayne for the eighth consecutive year. He loved his racing at Pontefract and would have loved having a race in his honour. He’d have also made a couple of pounds had he followed last year’s victor, Cragganock, who beat a field jam packed with subsequent winners and paid his way through the season.

The Racecourse Postcode Lottery gives the opportunity for anyone based in the Doncaster area to come racing for just £2. By registering a utility bill with the Racecourse, residents with a ‘DN’ postcode can get a ticket to the grandstand and paddock enclosure at the heavily discounted rate. The racecourse will once again be offering discounted tickets to those who book in advance -– see www.pontefract-races.co.uk for more information.