Two £15,000 races featured at Pontefract’s Monday meeting

A packed main stand at Pontefract's last meeting. Picture: Alan Wright.
A packed main stand at Pontefract's last meeting. Picture: Alan Wright.

Pontefract’s season continues next Monday (June 30), when the seven-race programme starts at 2.30pm with a handicap contest for lady amateur riders - the Patricia George Memorial Ladies’ Handicap Stakes over one mile and a quarter.

A couple of £15,000 races are featured - both over the sprint distance of six furlongs.

The first is the Spindrifter Conditions Stakes, a contest for two-year-olds held annually to commemorate the achievements of the record-breaking juvenile, Spindrifter, who won 13 races as a two-year-old in 1980, three of which were achieved at Pontefract.

The other highlight on Monday is the EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Park Suite Fillies’ Handicap Stakes, a contest for fillies and mares supported by The European Breeders’ Fund.

The Jack Smith - A Lifetime In Racing Handicap Stakes over one mile and a half is one of a series of races organised by the charity Racing Welfare to acknowledge those who have spent a lifetime in the sport of racing.

Jack Smith has worked for several Middleham trainers, in particular Bill Watts, Ernie Weymes and latterly Karl Burke.

Once again at this meeting, racehorse owner Tony Perkins sponsors a race in memory of his grandfather, as three-year-old sprinters contest the Wilfred Underwood Memorial Classified Stakes, while the friends and family of the late Wayne Conway continue to support a middle-distance handicap contest for three-year-olds in his memory.

He was from Barnsley and enjoyed racing at Pontefract.

The concluding race is The Ann & George Duffield Handicap Stakes, a contest over one mile which draws attention to the morning visit by Pontefract’s annual members to the Sun Hill Racing Stables at Constable Burton of trainer, Ann Duffield.

The ‘Postcode Lottery’ £2 promotion for this meeting concerns those living in the DN (Doncaster) region. See Pontefract’s website for details.

The giant screen, situated opposite the track, will show all of the action.