Pontefract’s final race meeting of season

A thrilling finish at Pontefract's last meeting. Picture: Alan Wright.
A thrilling finish at Pontefract's last meeting. Picture: Alan Wright.

Leading two-year-olds - possible stars of the future - are catered for in the principal race at Pontefract’s final meeting of 2014 next Monday (October 20) in the totepool EBF Stallions Silver Tankard Stakes.

Racing is scheduled to begin at 2.10pm.

The 22nd running of the totepool EBF Stallions Silver Tankard Stakes, a listed race for juveniles over one mile, should attract a good turnout of leading two-year-olds, as they compete for prize money of £40,000. This was the first listed race to be held at Pontefract back in 1993. There are now five such races during the season.

Former course specialist Bluff Cove is once again honoured in the 24th renewal of the Bluff Cove Handicap Stakes, a race for stayers over two and a quarter miles, under the totetrifecta banner.

Bluff Cove won five long distance races at Pontefract during the 1990s, when trained by the late Reg Hollinshead.

This is the final race in this season’s Pontefract Stayers Championship, which incorporates all the races of at least two miles staged this year at the course.

The owner, trainer and stable staff of the horse accumulating the most number of points during the series - now in its eleventh year - each receive a memento and £1,000.

There’s everything to play for going into this concluding race of the series, with Hell Hath No Fury on 12 points holding a narrow advantage over New Youmzain, Beat The Shower, Statutory, Suprise Vendor and Teak.

Malton-based Richard Fahey has all but won the trainers’ title at the track with 11 winners in the season-long competition to find Pontefract’s top trainer, while Silvestre de Sousa leads in the battle to be the top jockey this term with seven winners to his credit.

There are still places available on the totepool ‘Punters Package’ on Monday, while Racing UK members can attend the meeting free of charge by registering on the Racing UK website.

Pontefract’s 16-day 2015 season begins on Tuesday, April 7 and annual membership prices remain the same at £190 (single) and £255 (joint) if booked before Christmas.