Quality race card at final Sunday meeting

ACTION from a recent meeting at Pontefract. PICTURE: BRIAN LUNN.
ACTION from a recent meeting at Pontefract. PICTURE: BRIAN LUNN.

THE European Breeders’ Fund ‘Showcasing’ Flying Fillies’ Stakes – the fourth of Pontefract’s five listed races this season – tops a quality seven-race programme on Sunday (2pm start).

It is Pontefract’s final Sunday fixture of 2011 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 into all enclosures.

First held in 1999, the Flying Fillies’ Stakes – a £35,000 race for fillies and mares - is contested over the sprint distance of six furlongs, and once again the European Breeders’ Fund contribute towards the prize money for this race.

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 Betfair Supporting Go Racing In Yorkshire 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 jointly by Descaro and Wells Lyrical.

Also featured are the Family Funday Handicap Stakes (one mile and a half) and the John Hirst – 50th Birthday Handicap Stakes (a contest for three-year-olds over one mile). New sponsors, Yorkshire-based SW Installations, support The SW Installations For Windows and Doors Maiden Stakes over one mile.

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’. A supervised crèche facility is also available, along with face-painting. There are also 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.