Pontefract’s final race meeting of season on Monday

The action on Monday gets underway at 2.10pm with the gates opening at noon. Picture: Alan Wright.
The action on Monday gets underway at 2.10pm with the gates opening at noon. Picture: Alan Wright.

After a great summer of racing, Pontefract’s season comes to a close next Monday.

The final meeting ends a superb year at the track with some memorable racing. And the final raceday is no different with a top class listed two year old race on the card.

The 24th running of the listed totepool EBF Silver Tankard Stakes has a rich roll of honour with past winners including Comic Strip, who won the 2004 renewal for Sir Mark Prescott before being sold to race in Hong Kong and becoming one of the most successful horses in their history.

With £35,000 on offer in 2016, this year’s race will hopefully produce a really top class horse for the 2017 season.

The main supporting race is the Phil Bull Trophy Conditions Stakes. The race has a rich history of producing high class stayers - last year’s contest was taken by Hughie Morrison’s Nearly Caught who recently won a group two at Deauville and, last time out, was third in the group one Prix Du Cadran on ‘Arc’ day,.

This race also marks the final leg of the 2016 Pontefract Stayers’ Championship. There are still three horses in with a chance of winning – previous winner Riptide, heads the way from La Fritillaire and Madam Lilibet.

There are still a few places available on the totepool punters package on Monday.

For just £40, punters will be able to secure a place in the VIP totepool Suite in the Dalby Stand boxes with hot buffet, guest speaker and use of the private viewing balconies.

To book, go online to www.pontefract-races.co.uk or ring the track on 01977-781307.

Pontefract continue to run the Yorkshire postcode lottery. The scheme gives racegoers from Yorkshire the chance to come racing in the grandstand and paddock enclosure for just £2.

The last meeting of the season is again part of the promotion, and punters with postcodes from Bradford will be eligible for cheap entry on the last day.

There will also be a chance to buy some early Christmas presents as the Injured Jockeys Fund will have their stand on course. Punters will also be able to purchase a 2017 annual badge at the 2016 price.

The action gets underway at 2.10pm with the gates opening at noon.