Final Sunday meeting of season at Pontefract

Perfect Madge (centre), ridden by Kevin Stott, holds off fast finishing  Mont Royal and Pudding Chare to register her first win at Pontefract's last meeting which was Ladies Day. Picture: Alan Wright.
Perfect Madge (centre), ridden by Kevin Stott, holds off fast finishing Mont Royal and Pudding Chare to register her first win at Pontefract's last meeting which was Ladies Day. Picture: Alan Wright.

The last of Pontefract’s three popular family day fixtures this season - the Flying Fillies Family Day - will be held on Sunday.

The race day takes its name after the feature race on the day and the richest race to be run at Pontefract in 2016.

With £50,000 on offer, the EBF Highfield Farm Flying Fillies’ Stakes has a rich history with some very classy fillies on the role of honour.

The 2015 prize went the way of Divine, trained by Mick Channon, who got the better of Online Alexander and Interception in a thrilling finish.

There’ll be some top class horses on show off the track too as old favourites Mr Wolf and Mister McGoldrick, stalwarts of the northern racing circuit in recent years, will be parading before racing starts.

As has become the custom on Sundays at Pontefract, there’s a lot going on for the kids in the picnic enclosure.

With kid’s rides, a circus, face painting and free sweets, activity books and racecards, there’s plenty to keep the little ones occupied.

There are also free pony rides and a chance to take a look behind the scenes with minibus trips down to the start. Running from the Picnic Enclosure Entrance gates for the start of chosen races, it gives racegoers the chance to watch the calm before the equine superstars explode in to action.

On Flying Fillies Family Day, there’ll be a slightly different way to start the day with a mum’s race over the final half furlong before the equine stars hit the turf.

There is some high class supporting action on the track too. The £15,000 tote sponsored handicap, over one of a half miles, last year saw the highly talented Almodovar throw victory away by hanging across the track, getting collared late on by Rae Guest’s Headline News. The stayers are once again back in action for round five of the Stayers Championship in a race sponsored by Moor Top Farm Shop. Madam Lilibet and American Life currently head the standings.

There are some special family day tickets also available when booked in advance. Two adults and their children can take advantage of a special price of just £22.

There’s also a barbecue package (£23) – perfect for a glorious summer day.

To take advantage of any of the special advance packages, visit the course website at www.pontefract-races.co.uk or give them a call on 01977 781307.

Racing gets underway at 2.15pm and the gates open at 11.30am.