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Pontefract Racecourse

Official website
Location Pontefract, West Yorkshire
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Owned by Pontefract Park Race Company Ltd.
Screened on Racing UK
Course type Flat

Pontefract Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England.

Pontefract is one of the best appointed courses of its kind in the country.[citation needed] There are modern bars and refreshment areas in all enclosures.

The racing programme has been greatly improved in recent years. The motorway links provide good communications not only with local training centres but also with other major training centres in the country, notably Newmarket, with the result that the racing is both competitive and entertaining.

Closed circuit television is in operation on every race day, with televisions in all bars and refreshment areas. There are modern Tote facilities and kiosks throughout the stands. There is an off-course betting office in the paddock and second enclosure.

One 'claim to fame' for the racecourse is that it is the longest continuous racing circuit in the country, at a little short of 2m 1f . This was exceeded when York completed its circuit for the holding of the Royal Ascot festival in 2005, and whilst York remains a 'circuit', there are no races held around the new link, it is therefore open to debate whether Pontefract has retained its status in this regard.

Notable races

  • Pipalong Stakes
  • Pomfret Stakes
  • Pontefract Castle Stakes

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