Evening meetings are always popular at Pontefract and the last of the season is the Red Shirt Night and Beer Festival on Friday.
The race meeting also marks the second of the Friday Night Music Night series held at the racecourse in 2018 this year, featuring The Bootleg Beatles – one of the world’s most famous tribute bands who will be performing their stunning recreation of the greatest song book of all time. Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the sixties, every tiny detail is meticulously covered from costume to authentic period instruments.
Jack Berry and Red Shirt Night have a place firmly in the history of Pontefract Racecourse. As a trainer, he was renowned for wearing his red shirt as his lucky symbol. He was easy to spot when cheering home the likes of Mind Games and Paris House, two of his very best horses. Since retiring, he’s been the driving force behind the Injured Jockeys Fund’s Jack Berry House – a state of the art rehabilitation centre for injured and retired jockeys in Malton.
Now in its 26th year, some racegoers will also don a red shirt ,but it’s certainly not a requirement!
The popular race meeting also incorporates a beer festival, with local breweries Revolutions Brewing, Pennine Brewery, Ossett Brewery and Bier Huis all showcasing their wares.
The festival will be held throughout the evening in the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure and racegoers in both this area and the Premier Enclosure will be able to access the trademark best selling ales.
There’s an exciting programme as well with six races kicking off at 6.30pm. Feature race is the £20,000 Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap Stakes – a five furlong sprint that will take around a minute to win. Last year’s winner, Crowning Glory, trained by Ralph Beckett, stopped Paul Midgely’s four-year run of winning this race.
There is also a new £30,000 race run over one mile, which has been sponsored by Dickies Workwear at Junction 32.
An interesting supporting card includes the Countrywide Freight EBF Novice Auction Stakes, a race where you could spot the odd star of the future, like Treaty of Paris who took this before going on to beat The Grey Gatsby at York.
Make sure you take advantage of the advanced booking rates available through the racecourse’s website at www.pontefract-races.co.uk