Fab four celebrated at Pontefract’s Red Shirt night

Hibernicus, impressive winner by a big distance in a mile-and-a-half race at Pontefract's red shirt Night. Picture: Alan Wright
Hibernicus, impressive winner by a big distance in a mile-and-a-half race at Pontefract's red shirt Night. Picture: Alan Wright

Friday saw the world famous Bootleg Beatles hit Pontefract Racecourse with a bang.

Singing songs from the greatest songbook in history, the band appeared on the stage around 9.30pm and played until 11pm. There was a fantastic atmosphere around the course with racegoers cheering on their winners and singing the biggest Beatles hits.

The David O’Meara trained Waarif took the £30,000 Dickies Workwear Optional Claiming Handicap Stakes, making all the running on the one mile trip.

Having won the Carlisle Bell a month ago, he proved his guts and determination and came out on top, scoring ¾ of a length – the same distance he’d won by at Carlisle.

O’Meara also saddled Watchable to win the five furlong sprint.

He seems to like Pontefract and was always travelling well under Danny Tudhope. With stamina guaranteed, he readily quickened away close home.

The gelding finished second at the track last time out, but went one better this time running a quick time in the process.

He has an entry in the Stewards Cup at Goodwood on August 4 and if he turns up on the day with the form he showed at Pontefract he could do connections proud.

Metallic Black took the opener for trainer Richard Fahey and jockey Tony Hamilton.

The two-year-old was very well backed and sprinted clear of his rivals after making most of the running to score comfortably by four lengths.

The colt by Bated Breath quickened up in a professional manner and will improve again after his success on the West Yorkshire track.

The most impressive winner on the card was Hibernicus, a colt sired by the fantastic Sea The Stars. He had the one mile, four furlong race put to bed when turning in for home and went further and further clear, extending his lead to 12 lengths by the line.

His sire Sea The Stars relished a trip and it looks as though his stamina and talent has been imbedded in the colt’s genes.

Winning jockey Franny Norton went on to complete a double when Almunther was a brave winner of the one mile, two furlong maiden handicap for Middleham-based trainer Micky Hammond.

The five-year-old set out to make all of the running and gamely held off the fast finishing Breathable for the Tim Easterby / David Allan team.

Etikaal was another horse who made all of the running and kept finding extra every time Ben Curtis asked for more.

Having finished second on his last outing at Carlisle the winner is clearly in good form and could follow up under a penalty.

For full details and for discounted tickets for Pontefract’s next meeting, visit the course’s website at www.pontefractraces.co.uk