Pontefract stage final Sunday race meeting of season

Trainer Ruth Carr completed a double at Pontefract's last meeting when jockey James Sullivan steered Cosmic Chatter to victory. Picture: Alan Wright.
Trainer Ruth Carr completed a double at Pontefract's last meeting when jockey James Sullivan steered Cosmic Chatter to victory. Picture: Alan Wright.

PONTEFRACT’S FINAL Sunday fixture this season takes place this weekend with The Sunday Service Family Day meeting.

There will be themed zones around the stands and enclosures to encourage racegoers to learn a little bit about, and engage with, all aspects of the sport.

Areas will include the Tipster Zone, Industry Zone, Jockey Zone, Horse Zone and Kids Zone as well as a Newcomers Zone for those who have never been racing before.

There will be a lot going on for the kids in the picnic enclosure. With children’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 with the Ponte clip clop ponies and a chance to take a look behind the scenes with minibus trips down to the start.

The feature race on the day, and the richest race to be run at Pontefract in 2017, is the £55,000 EBF Highfield Farm Flying Fillies’ Stakes. The race has a rich history with some very classy fillies on the roll of honour. There is some high class supporting action on the track too. The £13,000 tote sponsored handicap over one and a half miles last year saw the highly touted Regal Monarch take the spoils.

The stayers are once again back in action for round five of the Stayers Championship, in a race sponsored by Moor Top Farm Shop.

Former winner Tuscan Gold currently heads the standings but with a whole host of horses snapping at his hooves, the prize is still up for grabs.

There are special family day tickets available when booked in advance.

Two adults and their children can take advantage of a special price of just £23.

There is also limited availability for the new Sunday specials packages.

Anyone wanting to take advantage of any of the special advance packages should visit the course website at www.pontefract-races.co.uk or ring the racecourse on 01977-781307.

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