A Guide to Pontefract Race Course
Based in West Yorkshire, England, racing in Pontefract is said to go back as far as 1648 when the races took place in the meadows surrounding the local castle. Although it isn’t one of Yorkshires major courses it does hold some prestigious races including the Pontefract Castle Stakes every June.
The race is open to fillies and mares aged four years or older. It is raced over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 5 yards.
The original course was a horseshoe shape but in 1983 it was converted into a full circuit measuring about 2 miles. This makes it one of the longest racecourses in Europe.
The course is left handed with some considerable hills and troughs combining with a massive 6 furlong uphill finish. The emphasis for horses racing at Pontefract is for them to have stamina over speed.
- Left Handed course
- Very hilly
- Course circuit length of about 2 miles
- A massive 6 furlong uphill run in to the finish
Map of Pontefract Racecourse
Statistics – Last Three Years
Top Trainers – Flat
Runners Wins Places
R Fahey 192 26 78
M Johnston 111 20 47
T Easterby 149 18 47
D O’Meara 99 14 31
R Whitaker 50 12 15
Top Jockeys – Flat
Runners Wins Places
D Tudhope 121 23 46
S De Sousa 61 21 21
D Allan 101 16 37
B Curtis 74 16 21
G Lee 119 14 47
Pontefract Race Park Co Ltd
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