Pontefract’s final meeting of season

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LEADING two-year-olds - possible stars of the future - feature in the principal race, the totepool.com Silver Tankard Stakes, at Pontefract’s final meeting this season tomorrow (Monday).

Racing is scheduled to begin at 2.10pm.

The 20th running of the totepool.com Silver Tankard Stakes, a listed race for juveniles over one mile, should attract a good turnout of leading two-year-olds.

Last year’s winner Letsgoroundagain was trained at Lambourn by young trainer Charlie Hills, who has taken over the licence from his classic-winning father Barry.

Former course specialist Bluff Cove is once again honoured in the 22nd renewal of the Bluff Cove Handicap Stakes, a race for stayers over two and a quarter miles, under the totequickpick banner.

Bluff Cove won five long distance races at Pontefract over a decade ago, when trained by Reg Hollinshead.

This is the final race in this season’s Pontefract Stayers Championship, which incorporates all the races of at least two miles staged this year at the course.

The owner, trainer and stable staff of the horse accumulating the most number of points during the series - now in its ninth year - each receive a memento and £1,000.

Going into Monday’s finale, there’s everything to play for, with Blackstone Vegas on 18 points, leading from Descaro (11), Maid Of Meft and Mr Crystal (both on ten points).

Descaro won this race last year to clinch the championship, while Mr Crystal is also a former winner of this series back in 2009.

Malton-based Richard Fahey heads the trainers’ category with six winners in the season-long competition to find Pontefract’s top trainer, while a quartet of jockeys have each recorded four winners at the track this season – Tony Hamilton, Paul Mulrennan, Danny Tudhope and Robert Winston. Both competitions are supported by ‘In The Frame’.

All of the action on Monday will be shown on the giant screen.

Pontefract’s 16-day 2013 season begins on Tuesday, April 9.