Pontefract race worth £20,000 to winner

A thrilling finish at Pontefract this season. Picture: Alan Wright.
A thrilling finish at Pontefract this season. Picture: Alan Wright.

As the flat racing season continues to wind down, Pontefract stage their second September meeting this Thursday.

The highlight will be the Simon Scrope Dalby Screw-Driver Handicap - a class two handicap over one mile, two furlongs worth £20,000 to the winner.

Screw-Driver was the racing pin up in the early 19th century, winning at least two cup races.

These cups consisted of four heats over two miles on the same day with the winner being the horse with the best aggregate score over the eight miles.

This impressive feat makes Screw-Driver just about the first Pontefract course specialist on record.

It’s fitting, therefore, that Ennistown has won the last two runnings of this race for the mighty Godolphin operation and has a 100 per cent record at Pontefract.

Now a highly promising novice hurdler with John Ferguson, it remains to be seen whether the Godolphin operation have found a suitable replacement to score the hat-trick.

All races from Pontefract are shown live on Racing UK, and the channel lends their name to three races on the card.

The chief supporting race, the Download The Racing UK iPad App, sees the six furlong sprinters burning up the track.

Paul Midgley, who has had his string in such fantastic form, won the corresponding event in 2014 with Sunraider who scorched the Pontefract turf when winning by five impressive lengths.

There will undoubtedly be at least one representative from the Westow trainer who bids for to improve his impressive course record.

In conjunction with Racing UK, Pontefract are offering all subscribers to the channel the chance to come racing in September for just £10.

Anyone wishing to take advantage of the discount (which also applies to a guest of the subscriber) will need to bring their 2015 metal badge to the turnstile on the day.

The racecourse has been running the Yorkshire Postcode Lottery throughout the season once again.

The scheme gives racegoers from Yorkshire the chance to come racing in the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure for just £2.

The remaining three meetings of the season are all part of the promotion, and punters with postcodes from Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford will all be eligible for cheap entry at forthcoming meetings with Halifax postcodes the lucky ones this Thursday.

The action gets underway at 2.20pm with gates opening at midday.