THE seventh running of The totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes (a Listed Race) and The totesport.com Pontefract Cup are the twin highlights of Pontefract’s seven-race programme this Sunday (June 19) – the first of the course’s trio of Sunday meetings this summer.
There’s a host of attractions for young racegoers, with the emphasis on producing exciting, competitive racing on the track, along with an entertaining and informative day out for the family to celebrate Father’s Day.
Contested over one mile and a half, The totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes offers prizemoney of £30,000 – making it one of the most valuable races of the season at Pontefract. The six previous winners – Songlark, Alfie Flits, Ivy Creek, Tranquil Tiger, Furmigadelagiusta and Prospect Wells (last year) – are testament to the quality of the race.
Stayers contest The totesport.com Pontefract Cup, a Handicap race over two and a quarter miles. This race is the fourth of eight in this season’s Pontefract Stayers’ Championship, which is led by Descaro, trained in North Yorkshire by Richard Guest. The Series incorporates all races over two miles or more at the course and is now in its eighth year. There are bonuses of £3,000 and trophies to the connections of the horse which heads the table in October, based on a points system accrued according to wins and places obtained during the series.
Another feature race on Sunday is The totesport Handicap Stakes, an £11,500 contest over one mile and a quarter, as the whole of Sunday’s card is supported by totepool, which along with totesport comprise the biggest commercial sponsor of racing in the UK.
The gates open at 11.30am, with the first race taking place at 2.10pm.