Listed race tops Sunday’s programme

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THE European Breeders’ Fund Flying Fillies’ Stakes - the fourth of Pontefract’s four listed races this season - tops a quality seven-race programme this Sunday (2.15pm start).

It is Pontefract’s third and final Sunday fixture this year and there’s a host of attractions for young racegoers from when the gates open at 11.30am. As usual, accompanied children under 16 years of age are admitted free to all enclosures.

First held in 1999, the Flying Fillies’ Stakes - a race for fillies and mares over the sprint distance of six furlongs - offers prize money of £37,500 and is once again supported by the European Breeders’ Fund.

Malton trainer Richard Fahey won this race last year with Rose Blossom, ridden by last season’s champion jockey Paul Hanagan.

Maiden two-year-olds take part the opening race, the British Stallion Studs EBF Trevor Woods Memorial Maiden Stakes, while Nova Display Ltd. of Peckfield Business Park sponsor once again at this meeting. They supply bespoke services to shops and the retail trade and put their name to the final race, a handicap contest for sprinters.

Stayers are in action in the longest race of the afternoon, the Tannies Raceday Handicap Stakes over two miles and one furlong. This race is the fifth of the eight races which comprise this season’s Pontefract Stayers’ Championship, a competition which is led by Blackstone Vegas, trained in Leicestershire by Derek Shaw.

Also featured are the Handicap Stakes (one mile and a half), the CGC Events For Conference and Banqueting Handicap Stakes (a contest for three-year-olds over one mile) and the Family Funday Maiden Stakes over one mile.

Former racehorses under the care of New Beginnings, a Yorkshire-based community interest company will be in attendance.

The family attractions include performances by the National Festival Circus, children’s fun-fair, bouncy castle, while the musical entertainment is provided by ‘The Derby Midshipmen’. There’s also face-painting and free ice-creams for children while stocks last. The giant screen situated opposite the main stands will assist racegoers in following all of the action on the track.