Pontefract’s annual charity race meeting is tomorrow

Perfect Pasture won the feature race at Pontefract's last meeting. Picture: Alan Wright.
Perfect Pasture won the feature race at Pontefract's last meeting. Picture: Alan Wright.

Tomorrow is a day when Pontefract traditionally looks to the future stars of racing - it’s the course’s 27th annual Northern Racing College Charity Day.

Wednesday’s entire race meeting is unique in the fact that the body of the card sees races sponsored by William Hill, Totepool, Betfred, Ladbrokes and Coral.

All these bookmakers traditionally set aside their commercial rivalry on this day in order to encourage the grass roots and future of the sport.

The Northern Racing College, based just outside Doncaster, was set up in 1984 and provides a range of courses at all levels for people who are looking at the horseracing industry as a future career.

It also offers those currently in the business the chance to develop their qualifications and skills.

The racing on the day also casts an eye to future stars.

The opening two year old maiden, jointly sponsored by the EBF and William Hill, is historically an informative event. Won a few years ago by the subsequent successful globetrotter Peniaphobia, last year’s winner Sixth Sense, went on to win at listed level and was a regular in group races.

The three year old Totepool maiden also has a rich history - John Gosden’s Royal Ascot winner Remote made his debut in this and the same trainer’s Fallen For A Star was runner up to Glan Y Gors in the event last year.

Again, looking ahead to the stars of tomorrow, the card concludes with the third round of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Handicap. The 2015 series was won by Josh Doyle who is attached to the hugely successful David O’Meara yard. The duo teamed up to be runners up in this race last year behind Mick Easterby’s Iggy.

The £15,000 Ladbrokes Fillies’ Handicap is the feature race on the card and Luca Cumani’s Pleasant Valley was a hugely impressive winner last year.

On a strong supporting card, the Betfred Handicap over six furlongs also saw the first Pontefract victory for Trinity Star who doubled up later in the season season.

The Racecourse Postcode Lottery gives the opportunity for anyone based in Sheffield to come racing for just £2.

By registering a utility bill with Pontefract racecourse, residents can get a ticket to the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure at a heavily discounted rate.

The racecourse will once again be offering discounted tickets to those who book in advance – see www.pontefract-races.co.uk for more information.