Second family day of season at Pontefract on Sunday

Icefall (left) was the joint longest priced winner at Pontefract's last meeting at 16-1. Picture: Alan Wright.
Icefall (left) was the joint longest priced winner at Pontefract's last meeting at 16-1. Picture: Alan Wright.

The second family day of the season at Pontefract this Sunday is also the final day of the ninth annual Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival.

With racing taking place in the county throughout this week, there’s going to be a real festival feel to Sunday’s proceedings.

Trainers and jockeys will also be bidding to get that all important next win on the leader board as they aim to be top dog in their respective championships sponsored by Goldsborough Hall and TVF Promotions.

As has become the custom on Sundays at Pontefract, there’s a lot going on for the kids in the picnic enclosure.

With kid’s rides, a circus, face painting and free sweets, activity books and racecards and free pony rides there’s plenty to keep the little ones occupied while mums and dads enjoy some top class racing.

To celebrate the conclusion to the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, there’s even more happening. Renowned horse racing artist, Darren Bird, will be next to the winner’s enclosure finishing off his painting of the nine Yorkshire tracks. Once completed, this unique piece of art will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Injured Jockeys Fund.

On the track, Sky Bet support the main race on the card – the one mile listed Pomfret Stakes.

David O’Meara has farmed the race in recent years. Custom Cut and Mondialiste have been sensational winners of the last two runnings and have both gone on to compete at the highest level. Indeed, last year’s winner Mondialiste was sent to America for the Breeders Cup meeting where he finished runner up to the incredible Tepin.

If high speed is your thing, sponsor the main supporting race - the £15,000 six furlong handicap.

Pontefract’s champion trainer Richard Fahey took the race last year with Right Touch who went on to win at both Ascot and Ayr later in the season.

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

Two adults and their children can take advantage of a special price of just £22.

There’s also a barbecue package (£23) – perfect for a glorious summer day.

To take advantage of any of the special advance packages, visit the course website at or give them a call on 01977 781307.

Racing gets underway at 2.20pm and the gates open at 11.30am.