Pontefract stage first of three evening race meetings

An exciting finish at Pontefract this season. Picture: Alan Wright.
An exciting finish at Pontefract this season. Picture: Alan Wright.
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Evening meetings are always extremely popular at Pontefract and the first of three this season is 80s Night next Friday (May 27).

With Cheryl, Mike and Jay, formerly of 80s pop group Bucks Fizz playing straight after racing, it promises to be the course’s best 80s Night yet.

Bucks Fizz were one of the top selling British groups of the 1980s during which they had 11 top 20 singles.

They sold in excess of 15 million records, spending 219 weeks in the UK charts alone.

The band will forever be associated with the Eurovision Song Contest. It is 35 years since their ‘Making Your Mind Up’ won the 1981 contest.

On the track, the highlight is the six furlong £20,000 EBF Youngsters Conditions Stakes. With an impressive list of previous runners (including multiple Group winner Caspar Netscher), it always attracts some precocious juveniles looking to stake their claim for Royal Ascot glory the following month.

Constant Security Services provide the uniformed officers on duty on racedays at Pontefract and they sponsor two races on the card. Nakeeta, recently narrowly touched off in the Chester Cup, made his seasonal debut in the one mile, four furlong handicap last year but gave best to Modernism for the all conquering Richard Fahey yard.

Local computer and network specialists Alamo Business Systems sponsor the Fillies Handicap on the card for the fifth year.

Always a competitive affair, the in form Godolphin team supplied the winner last year as Bittern scorched up the Pontefract turf.

Solutions 4 Cleaning sponsor the opening race on the card - a one mile handicap which usually produces a big field and a notoriously tricky puzzle for punters to solve.

The final race on the card is a maiden race for three year olds, run in memory of Ron McNally who was a keen racegoer who sadly lost his battle with cancer last November. His friends and family will be out in force to raise a glass in his honour.

Many racegoers will be taking advantage of the fact that the dress code is relaxed on this night when they pick out their best fancy dress outfit and hope to win one of the spot prizes provided by tiesplanet.com.

There are just a few of the 4,000 discounted tickets still available.

The Premier Enclosure badges are currently just £15 while the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure tickets are £10 - both prices include the concert after racing. Entrance tickets bought on the night will be full price - £23 and £15 respectively.

Advance tickets can be purchased via the racecourse website at www.pontefract-races.co.uk or over the phone on 01977 781307.