Seven-race programme at Monday meeting

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PONTEFRACT’S race season continues next Monday with a seven-race programme, starting at 2.30pm with a handicap contest for lady amateur riders.

The meeting also features the Spindrifter Conditions Stakes, a contest for two-year-olds over six furlongs offering prize money of £12,000, held annually to commemorate the achievements of the record-breaking juvenile, Spindrifter, who won 13 races as a two-year-old in 1980, three of which were achieved at Pontefract. Spindrifter was owned by Grahame Waters, who will present the challenge trophy to the successful owner.

Other highlights will include the British Stallion Studs EBF Park Suite Fillies’ Handicap Stakes, a £13,000 contest for fillies and mares over the sprint distance of six furlongs, while The Pat Brilly – A Lifetime In Racing Fillies’ Handicap Stakes over one mile, honours one of Yorkshire’s unsung racing heroes and is one of a series of races organised by the charity Racing Welfare to acknowledge those who have spent a lifetime in the sport of racing.

Pat Brilly, who was born in County Kildare in 1950, works for Malton trainer, Richard Fahey.

Once again at this meeting, racehorse owner Tony Perkins sponsors a race in memory of his family members, as three-year-old sprinters contest the Wilfred Underwood and Philip Underwood Memorial Classified Stakes, while the friends and family of the late Wayne Conway continue to support a middle-distance handicap contest for three-year-olds in his memory. He was from Barnsley and enjoyed racing at Pontefract.

The giant screen, situated opposite the track, will show all of the action.