Pontefract Course Guide

The West Yorkshire course hosts racing throughout the summer including four Listed contests of which the Pontefract Castle Stakes is arguably the seasonal highlight.

Run over a mile and a half, the race has been won by some useful horses since its inception in 2005, most notably Brown Panther, who scored in 2012 and 2013 before going on to prove himself a very smart horse with wins in the Goodwood Cup, Irish St Leger and Dubai Gold Cup.

Other important races run at the Yorkshire track include the Pipalong Stakes, a one-mile event for fillies and mares, the Pomfret Stakes, run over a mile for three-year-olds and older and the Silver Tankard Stakes, a one-mile race for two-year-olds in October.


Left handed, with considerable gradients and a stiff, uphill finish. The emphasis is more on stamina than speed courtesy of the final three furlongs; as such, in-running punters should be wary of those who go for home a long way out. On very testing going, the jockeys occasionally race wide in search of better ground, swinging across to the stand side in the straight.

You have to be aware when you’re on a keen horse at Pontefract that, whether you go to post to the left or right, it’s downhill all the way to the start. Wise local punters often go down to the 1f marker to watch their fancy for that very reason. The track itself is incredibly stiff, a proper test, and being on the inside is a massive advantage. There’s a temptation to come wide, which can be a good move in soft ground, but, when it’s quick, you’re best to sit and suffer. Stamina there is always at a premium.

View from the saddle: Jason Weaver
Future Fixtures
  • Fri 17 July 2020
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  • Wed 05 August 2020
  • Sun 16 August 2020
  • Thu 17 September 2020
  • Thu 24 September 2020
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Upcoming races
12:15 Ben And Mary Hibbert Memorial Maiden Stakes
1m 2f | Class 5 | 3YO plus | 13 ran
  • Winner: Sarvan 13/8 2Fav
  • Jockey: B A Curtis Trainer: George Scott
  • Owner: Mr K Breen And Mr C Wright
12:45 Pontefract Sports And Education Foundation Handicap
1m 2f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 13 ran
  • Winner: Sudona 6/4 Fav
  • Jockey: D Tudhope Trainer: D O'Meara
  • Owner: D Hulse S Saunders & Lady Cobham
13:15 Atlas Leisure Homes Ltd Handicap
5f | Class 5 | 3YO only | 10 ran
  • Winner: Mews House 22/1
  • Jockey: P Mulrennan Trainer: D H Brown
  • Owner: D H Brown & Mr Clive Watson
13:50 Sochall Smith Chartered Accountants Handicap
5f | Class 3 | 3YO only | 7 ran
  • Winner: Rayong 11/8 Fav
  • Jockey: S De Sousa Trainer: K R Burke
  • Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd
14:20 Napoleons Casino Bradford Handicap
Div 1
1m | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Dancin Boy 10/3 Fav
  • Jockey: A Mullen Trainer: M Dods
  • Owner: Mr R R D Saunders
14:50 Napoleons Casino Bradford Handicap
Div 2
1m | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Angel's Whisper 10/11 Fav
  • Jockey: S De Sousa Trainer: Amy Murphy
  • Owner: Box Clever Display & Shepherd Global
15:20 Weatherbys TBA Pipalong Stakes
Fillies' And Mares' Listed
1m | Class 1 | 4YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Romola 11/1
  • Jockey: R L Moore Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
  • Owner: Cheveley Park Stud
15:55 King Richard III Handicap
6f | Class 2 | 4YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Summerghand Evens Fav
  • Jockey: D Tudhope Trainer: D O'Meara
  • Owner: Mr Hamad Rashed Bin Ghedayer
16:30 Peter Hastings
Potter | Woodhead Handicap
6f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Avenue Of Stars 7/2 JFav
  • Jockey: B A Curtis Trainer: M Appleby
  • Owner: Mr Michael Appleby

Address & Contact

Pontefract Park Race Co. Ltd
Administration Offices
Pontefract Park
Park Road
West Yorkshire
01977 781307

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