Pontefract stage inaugural RL race night

An exciting finish at Pontefract's first evening race meeting this season. Picture: Alan Wright.
An exciting finish at Pontefract's first evening race meeting this season. Picture: Alan Wright.

Pontefract stage their inaugural rugby league evening at tomorrow’s (Monday) race meeting.

Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers, Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will be taking over the racecourse for one night only.

Sseason ticket holders with any of the clubs will have to pay just £5 to get in to the grandstand and paddock enclosure. They will need to bring their season ticket with them.

Those wanting to make a night of it can meet their teams’ heroes with a VIP package. For £40, fans will have the opportunity to meet, greet and mingle with their favourite players in the luxury of a private VIP hospitality box.

It includes private viewing balconies overlooking the parade ring and winning post, as well as a hot buffet and a table for the evening.

The feature on the track is the Mr Wolf Sprint Handicap. This £15,000 race over six furlongs remembers one of the all-time Pontefract greats. Runners in this race have a huge mountain to climb to emulate the great Mr Wolf – he ran at Pontefract an incredible 36 times throughout his career, winning eight times. He will be back on the night to parade before racing starts.

The race itself is always a fiercely competitive event and usually throws up a sprinter to keep on the right side of.

At the other end of the scale, The Tony Bethell Memorial race forms the third round of the 2016 Stayers Championship. American Life and Madam Lilibet lead the current race for the title.

The racecourse’s ‘postcode lottery’ promotion gives those with a WF postcode the chance to pick up a ticket for just £2. There are 100 £2 tickets available and they’re selling fast. Register a utility bill with the racecourse in order to claim a ticket. Racegoers are advised to check the website for availability.

Racing gets underway at 6.45pm and the gates open at 4.30pm.