Racegoers can have a go at commentating at innovative Pontefract meeting

Blown By Wind, ridden by Franny Norton, who made all of the running to win the British Stallion Studs EBF Spindrifter Conditions Stakes at Pontefract last Monday. Picture: Alan Wright
Blown By Wind, ridden by Franny Norton, who made all of the running to win the British Stallion Studs EBF Spindrifter Conditions Stakes at Pontefract last Monday. Picture: Alan Wright

The second of Pontefract Racecourse’s innovative ‘Art of Racing’ days takes place on Tuesday.

It once again promises to be a brilliant day for both racing fanatics and those going racing for the first time.

The course is again looking for seven guest tipsters to preview a race each. These form experts will then visit the course on the day to share their knowledge to other racegoers before their race takes place.

Pontefract are also looking for those with a keen eye to pick out the best turned out horse in each race as well. If you would like to be considered for either of these roles, contact the course on 01977 781307 or email info@pontefract-races.co.uk

There will also be a beginner’s commentary booth for people to have a go at commentating on a race ‘behind the scenes’ and everyone taking part will be able to take home a recording of their commentary.

Feature on the track is the Weatherbys General Stud Book Pipalong Stakes – named after one of the best northern sprinting fillies in recent years.

The race always produces a decent filly or mare as it’s the last opportunity for the fairer sex to gain Listed ‘black type’ over this trip.

The meeting kicks off with The Dianne Nursery handicap for two-year-olds, one of the first handicaps for juveniles to be run in the country in 2018.

The Pontefract Sports and Education Foundation hold a charity event throughout this day and three of the races on the card are sponsored by their supporters. Sochall Smith Chartered Accounts, Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club and People’s Holdings are all fervent supporters of the foundation who aim to promote the advancement of education and sport among the underprivileged and disadvantaged in the Pontefract area.

There’s a varied supporting card, including the 34th running of the £15,000 King Richard lll Stakes Handicap. The race commemorates the granting of a Royal Charter to the Borough of Pontefract in 1484 and the successful owner will receive a perpetual challenge trophy provided by Pontefract Civic Society.

The Racecourse Postcode Lottery gives the chance for anyone based in the Leeds area to come racing for free. By sending a stamped addressed envelope to the course, residents with an ‘LS’ postcode can get a ticket to the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure free of charge.