Pontefract’s second evening race meeting of the season, the inaugural West Yorkshire Festival Night, takes place tomorrow (Monday).
Last year’s corresponding fixture was thwarted by heavy rain during the day and the course will hope the weather is more favourable this time for a meeting with some excellent racing and a huge variety of things going on.
The West Yorkshire Festival Night gives local businesses and events the chance to promote for free anything that they have going on. There will be a range of stalls on the evening.
The feature race on the card is the Mr Wolf Sprint. This £15,000 race over six furlongs remembers one of the all-time Pontefract greats. Runners in this race have a huge mountain to climb to emulate Mr Wolf though – he ran at Pontefract an incredible 36 times throughout his career, winning there eight times. He ran his last race at the course in July, 2012, but will be back on the night to parade before racing starts.
There may also be the chance for people to get a photograph taken with the Ponte fract superstar.
The race itself is always a fiercely competitive event and usually throws up a sprinter to keep on the right side of – whether they’ll be as good as Mr Wolf is anyone’s guess.
The Tony Bethell Memorial forms the thirdround of the 2015 Stayers Championship. This year’s series is currently tied between Suprise Vendor and Stickleback on 10 points, with three other horses snapping at their heels including the impressive Irish raider Point The Toes who won easily at the course in April.
With several stayers earmarked for the Stayers Championship races, there could be a very exciting finish in store!
Also featuring on the card is the John De Lacy Magna Carta Handicap.
The race celebrates Pontefract’s association with the Magna Carta on the 800th anniversary of the date on which it was sealed.
John De Lacy, Lord of Pontefract Castle, was one of the Barons instrumental in forcing King John to seal the declaration.
The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire will be on hand to make the presentations to the winning connections in the £10,000 one mile, two furlong handicap.
The final race on the card, the Pontefract and District Golf Club Handicap over five furlongs brings about the start of a partnership between the racecourse and the local golf course. Members of the golf club can pick up a flyer from the 19th hole which will enable them to get reduced entry to the races on this night.
The Racecourse’s ‘Postcode Lottery’ promotion means that anyone with a WF postcode can pick up a ticket for just £2. Register a utility bill with the racecourse, pay £2 and a ticket for the evening will be sent out in the post but numbers are limited so early booking is advised.