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Fixtures & Theme Days

We have 16 race meetings each season including 3 Sundays, 3 evening meetings and 10 midweek afternoon meetings!!

For full details, please check below!

Book tickets

To book tickets for any race meeting at Pontefract, please give us a call on 01977 781307 or click here to book online
 

Pontefract Races - quick view of 2017 fixtures

We race between April and October each year.

Month

Date

 Day

Fixture

Provisional 1st race

 Provisional  Last race

 

     

April

11th

Tuesday

The Season Opener

2.10pm

5.10pm

 

24th

Monday

The Back to School Raceday

2.00pm

5.10pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

May

3rd

Wednesday

Northern Racing College Charity Day

2.15pm

5.45pm

 

26th

Friday Evening

80s Night
(Friday Night Music Night Series)

6.30pm

9.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

June

12th

Monday Evening

Rugby League Evening

6.40pm

9.10pm

 

25th

Sunday

Flat Cap & Whippet Family Day

2.00pm

5.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

July

3rd

Monday

The Art of Racing Raceday (part 1)

 

 

 

11th

Tuesday

The Art of Racing Raceday (part 2)

 

 

 

21st

Friday Evening

Red Shirt Night / Beer Festival
(Friday Night Music Night Series)

 

 

 

30th

Sunday

Go Racing In Yorkshire Festival Family Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August

9th

Wednesday 

Ladies Day

 

 

 

20th

Sunday

The Sunday Service Family Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September

21st

Thursday

Throwback Thursdays

 

 

 

28th 

September

Throwback Thursdays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

9th

Monday

Beat the Monday Blues Raceday

 

 

 

23rd

Monday

Season Finale

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

First race times are subject to confirmation.

 

For more information on the individual 2017 race meetings, please click on the events below!

 

TUESDAY 11TH APRIL - Season Opening Day

1st race time: c2.00pm

The racing season at Pontefract kicks off on Tuesday 11th April.

With smat early horses from big yards often targeting the EBF High-Rise Maiden, it’s the first date to put in the diary! The race is named after Luca Cumani’s 1998 Derby winner who took this race on his way to glory at Epsom. 

It's also the first leg of the 2017 Stayers Championship – Ponte favourite, Riptide, won the championship for the second time in 2016 but who’ll take the crown this season?



Schools are out – why not plan an Easter day out with the kids? Under 18s are FREE in ALL ENCLOSURES – we even have some special discount Family Tickets available!

Book your tickets here

MONDAY 24TH APRIL- Back to School Raceday

1st race time: c2.10pm

The kids are back to school and so if you find yourself with a bit of unexpected spare time on your hands, why not plan a day at the races?

Mums and Dads, why not get a group of friends together and celebrate in style? Pre booked groups of 4 or more people will receive a free bottle of bubbly on this day. 

Plus, all ladies pre booking their tickets for the 24th April will go in to a draw to win a fabulously relaxing spa day!

The second meeting of the season features the equine equivalent of the London Marathon.

The Pontefract Marathon is the longest flat race handicap run in Britain! Did you know that Pontefract is also the longest continuous racing circuit in Europe? At 2m 125 yards all round, you need a brave, staying horse to get home up the famous 'Ponte' hill!

There are 7 exciting races to get your heart racing and it's well worth booking the day off work!

Book your tickets here
 

WEDNESDAY 3rd MAY - Northern Racing College Charity Day

1st race time: 2.00pm

It’s the 28th Annual Northern Racing College Day!

This is a unique day in the racing calendar when bookmakers come together to offer their support to the Northern Racing College by sponsoring some of the exciting races on the card.

Based in Doncaster, we're proud to continue our association and support of the Northern Racing College who offer a range of courses at all levels for people who are looking at horseracing as a future career and for those who are currently working in the industry wishing to develop their qualifications and skills.

If you know of anyone interested in a career in racing, come along and have a chat to them AND enjoy a day out at the races!

Book your tickets here

 

FRIDAY EVENING 26th MAY - 80s Night

1st race - 6.30pm, gates open at 4.30pm.

Following on from the success of Cheryl, Mike and Jay, formerly of Bucks Fizz, at 80s Night in 2016, we are excited that both of our Friday Evening Race meetings in 2017 will form our new Friday Night Music Nights series!

This is 80s Night like never before!



Bananarama are celebrating their 35th Anniversary in 2017 and their achievements speak for themselves. Two Band Aid appearances, an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful female band world wide with the most charting singles, all of which we International hits, four hitting the US Billboard Top 10 including a No 1 with Venus. To date, they have had 32 Top 40 UK hits! They have released 10 albums and sold 30 million records. They became internationally hot property with hits such as ‘I Heard a Rumour’, ‘Robert De Niro’s Waiting’ and ‘Love in the First Degree and on Friday Eve 26th May, they’ll become hot property in Pontefract as they play the 2017 80s Night!

Book your ticket for the most retro night of the season! Come in your best 80s Fancy Dress and you could also win some fantastic spot prizes!

Tickets are limited, so make sure you book yours early! Prices include the concert after racing.

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(1st December to 28th February)
Price
(1st March onwards)
Price on the day
Premier£17£22£24
Grandstand & Paddock£10£10£16


On the night

The band will perform on the raised grass area next to the Parade Ring and will be on stage as soon as the horses have left the area after the running of the last race – between 9.20pm and 9.30pm.

Racegoers from all enclosures will be able to move to the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure to watch the performance.

The audience is encouraged to go IN TO THE PARADE RING to watch the concert.

For safety reasons, after the last race, there will be NO ACCESS to the stepped area in between the raised grassed area and the Parade Ring.

A disabled viewing area is available in front of the saddling boxes. Should you need assistance, please ask one of the designated helpers in the hi-vis tabards.

Bars around the Parade Ring will stay open after the last race during the concert.

Last orders will be at 10.30pm.  

Get your tickets before they sell out - book here

MONDAY EVENING 12TH JUNE - Rugby League Evening

1st race 6.45pm, gates open 4.30pm

Following the success of the inaugural event in 2016, Rugby League Evening is back even bigger and better in 2017!

We’re lucky enough to have some fantastic sporting action on our doorstep in West Yorkshire. Not only do we have racing here in Pontefract, we have some world class Rugby League teams too.

Castleford Tigers, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Huddersfield Giants and Featherstone Rovers were all integral in the success of the evening last year and will be back again in 2017!

On Monday Evening 12th June, you’ll get the best of both worlds as players and coaches from all these teams will be coming racing and mingling with the crowds!

If you’re a season ticket holder with any of these teams, bring your season ticket along and you’ll get entrance to the Grandstand & Paddock for just £5!

Or why not spend the evening in style with our £42 Rugby League VIP Package. This includes: 

- entrance to the Racecourse and the Rugby League VIP Suite 
- hot buffet (for menu click here)
- meet and greet with your favourite players from each team who will visit the Suite before racing.
- racecard and viewing balconies.

It really is an opportunity not to be missed!

Watch out for ‘selfie corner’ too – you might get that one perfect shot with your team hero!

There’ll be 6 unforgettable races as well, featuring the Mr Wolf Sprint which commemorates one of the all time Ponte greats. Runners in this race have a real mountain to climb to emulate ‘Wolfie’ who ran at Pontefract an incredible 36 times. He won here 8 times in total!

He was a true Ponte legend and his brave front running style used to have his rivals in trouble from early on in the race. His final race at Pontefract was on 29th July 2012 and he’s currently enjoying retirement on his owner’s farm.

He comes and visits us though and will be back this season to parade before racing. 

Tickets are on sale now - secure your place by clicking here.



SUNDAY 25TH JUNE - totepool Flat Cap & Whippet Family Day 

1st race c2.10pm, gates open 11.30am.

Sunday racedays have always been extra special for Pontefract Racegoers.

Our renowned Sunday fixtures not only feature the best racing of the year at Pontefract with over £100,000 worth of Prize Money available at each meeting, but they are also the 3 fixtures each season dedicated to families. 

As well as special events on each Sunday raceday, there will also be a funfair, facepainting, circus, free sweets, activity packs and racecards for kids, pony rides, trips to the starts of races and a ‘Hunt The Golden Horseshoe’ competition on every Family Day!

The first of our Sundays is totepool Flat Cap & Whippet Family Day!

We all know that Yorkshire is ‘God’s Own County’ and we all are proud of the Yorkshire we live in.

And we all know that Yorkshire is full of whippets and men wearing flat caps right? Well at Pontefract on Sunday 25th June, it will be!

  • Come and marvel at the whippet racing as they speed up the track from midday.
  • Enjoy ferret racing in the Picnic Enclosure throughout the afternoon
  • Wear your flat cap and you could be one of 500 racegoers to pick up either a free racecard, drinks voucher or betting voucher! 




We’re also out to show that Yorkshire is much more than Flat Caps and Whippets – it’s a warm, welcoming, brilliant place to be!

We have some great packages and offers for Sundays in 2017 - check them out here! Don't forget to book your Family Ticket in advance for a great saving!

Book tickets for this fantastic family day here.

MONDAY 3rd JULY - The Art of Racing Raceday (part 1)

1st race 2.00pm, gates open at 12 noon.

Following the success of our inaugural Art of Racing Raceday in 2016, there are two of them to enjoy in 2017! These racedays celebrate everything we know and love about The Sport of Kings!

On BOTH Monday 3rd July and Tuesday 11th July we’ll be looking for 7 guest tipsters to each preview one of the races on the day. These previews will be published online and in the racecards on the day with our tipsters invited to the course to share their knowledge before each race.

We’ll also be looking for 7 judges with a keen eye to pick a best turned out prize in each race.

If you'd like to get involved as one of the tipsters or judges, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest!

There’ll be trips to the start of selected races so enthusiasts can see what happens in the calm of the open parkland down at the Start.

We’ll also be running a commentary booth for people to have a go at commentating ‘behind the scenes’.

Two days truly dedicated to The Art of Racing.

There’s some cracking racing as the 2yos compete in the Spindrifter Conditions Stakes. Love Dreams looked really smart when taking this in 2016!



Tickets for this Award Winning Event can be booked here.
 

TUESDAY 11TH JULY - The Art of Racing Raceday (part 2) 

1st race 2.10pm, gates open 12 noon

Following the success of our inaugural Art of Racing Raceday in 2016, there are two of them to enjoy in 2017! These racedays celebrate everything we know and love about The Sport of Kings!

On BOTH Monday 3rd July and Tuesday 11th July we’ll be looking for 7 guest tipsters to each preview one of the races on the day. These previews will be published online and in the racecards on the day with our tipsters invited to the course to share their knowledge before each race.

We’ll also be looking for 7 judges with a keen eye to pick a best turned out prize in each race.

If you'd like to get involved as one of the tipsters or judges, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest!

There’ll be trips to the start of selected races so enthusiasts can see what happens in the calm of the open parkland down at the Start.

We’ll also be running a commentary booth for people to have a go at commentating ‘behind the scenes’.

Two days truly dedicated to The Art of Racing.

This is a day not to be missed with some brilliant action on the track featuring the Listed Weatherbys Pipalong Stakes! There’s an impressive role of honour to this race with horses such as Gifted Girl and Red Bloom amongst the previous winners.

Tickets for this Award Winning Raceday can be booked here.

FRIDAY EVENING 21st JULY - Red Shirt Night and Beer Festival

1st race 6.30pm, gates open 4.30pm

For the second part of our Friday Night Music Night series we welcome back a whole host of old friends!

Not only do we have Pennine Brewery, Revolutions Brewing Co, Ossett Brewery and Bier Huis joining us for our Beer Festival, but we also welcome back Cheryl, Mike and Jay, formerly of Bucks Fizz, who will once again be playing after racing on this evening. 

So as you enjoy some of the finest beers, lagers and ciders that Yorkshire has to offer, you can also reminisce with one of the top selling British groups of the 1980s! They’ll be performing hits such as ‘If You Can’t Stand The Heat’ and ‘Now Those Days Are Gone’ alongside their three massive number ones – ‘Land of Make Believe’, ‘Making Your Mind Up’ and ‘My Camera Never Lies’.

There are 6 fantastic races to keep you entertained throughout the evening too!

And if all that wasn’t enough, we’ll be raising money for the incredible Injured Jockeys Fund through Jack Berry’s historic ‘Red Shirt Night’. The Red Shirt is purely optional – just bring yourself, your friends and your party spirit, and you’ll have a night to remember.

It’s always a hugely popular evening, so why not secure your place now with our fantastic early bird discounts.

Number in partyEnclosurePrice
(if booked before 16th January)
Price 
(if booked before 28th February
Price
(if booked after 1st March)
1 - 10Premier£12£17£22
 Grandstand & Paddock£8£11£14
11 or morePremier£11£16£21
 Grandstand & Paddock£7£10£13

Tickets and badges are full price on the turnstiles.

Get your tickets before they sell out, by clicking here.

SUNDAY 30TH JULY - Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival Family Day

1st race 2.20pm, gates open 11.30am

Sunday racedays have always been extra special for Pontefract Racegoers.

Our renowned Sunday fixtures not only feature the best racing of the year at Pontefract with over £100,000 worth of Prize Money available at each meeting, but they are also the 3 fixtures each season dedicated to families. 

As well as special events on each Sunday raceday, there will also be a funfair, facepainting, circus, free sweets, activity packs and racecards for kids, pony rides, trips to the starts of races and a ‘Hunt The Golden Horseshoe’ competition on every Family Day!

Our second Family Sunday is the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival Family Day.

The 10th Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival kicks off at Ripon on Saturday 22nd July and concludes with our second Family Day of the season on Sunday 30th July. With racing throughout the White Rose county all week, it’s a Festival to remember for racing enthusiasts. 

Alongside all the Family Fun Activities at Pontefract, we’ll also have the stunning Painted Horse display giving us a fantastic opportunity to learn more about these beautiful equine superstars. 



The Listed Pomfret Stakes is the highlight on the track – won by Sir Michael Stoute’s hugely talented ‘Convey’ in 2016.

For further information on the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival and events during the week, please view www.goracing.co.uk 


   
The value seekers amongst you may want to buy a Family Ticket in advance for just £23. This gives admission to the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure for 2 adults and their children - a fantastic saving of £9! Click here to get your tickets in advance!

Don't forget that you can also book one of our fantastic Sunday Packages on this day!

Get your tickets here!

WEDNESDAY 9th AUGUST - Ladies Day

1st race 2.10pm, gates open 12 noon.

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to buy a new outfit, then look no further. The glitz and glamour hits Ponte Carlo on the 9th August.

With an array of hats, fascinators and stilettos, the ladies of Yorkshire truly do ‘dress to impress’ in an effort to win the coveted Best Dressed Lady Competition.

In 2017, our Best Dressed Lady will win a holiday for 2 to the stunning RIU resort in Sri Lanka! This all inclusive week long trip includes flights! 

The winner will also compete to be the Best Dressed Lady in Yorkshire at the final at Doncaster Racecourse.

The Best Dressed Lady Competition will again be judged before racing starts. Watch out for the radio crew from Heart who will allocate numbers to 100 lucky finalists. They'll be on the lookout from the minutes that the gates open at midday and the 100 finalists will then gather in the Parade Ring at 1pm with the top 3 announced shortly after 1.30pm. 


The prizes are as follows:

1st prize: An all inclusive trip for 2 to the stunning RIU resort in Sri Lanka!

Runner-up prize: 3 Nights for 2 people in the fantastic new RIU Hotel in Dublin!





For those who want to simply have a fantastic day out, then make sure you arrive early as there’ll be a buttonhole and glass of bubbly for the first 500 ladies through the Premier Entrance.

Get here early to claim your place in the Champagne Bar, pick out your winners for the day and enjoy!

Gents, you’re more than welcome on our Ladies Day – it’s open to all. But, if you’re hoping to catch the eye of a flashy filly, make sure you’re dressed to the nines.  

We have 2 fabulous packages to make your Ladies Day go with a swing - full details of these are available on our Ladies Day Packages page. Menus are available here.

Get tickets for this hugely popular event here.

SUNDAY 20TH AUGUST - The Sunday Service Family Day

1st race 2.15pm, gates open 11.30am

Sunday racedays have always been extra special for Pontefract Racegoers.

Our renowned Sunday fixtures not only feature the best racing of the year at Pontefract with over £100,000 worth of Prize Money available at each meeting, but they are also the 3 fixtures each season dedicated to families. 

As well as special events on each Sunday raceday, there will also be a funfair, facepainting, circus, free sweets, activity packs and racecards for kids, pony rides, trips to the starts of races and a ‘Hunt The Golden Horseshoe’ competition on every Family Day!

Our final Family Day of 2017 will be run for the first time as The Sunday Service Raceday!

We are setting up zones around the Enclosures to offer racegoers the chance to engage with and learn a little more about different parts of the industry:

  • The jockey zone – pre register for an ex- jockeys take on how to ride Ponte. Walk the last 6 furlongs at 11.30am (numbers limited)
  • The industry zone – Behind the Scenes Tour in the Weighing Room from 12.30pm – 12.45pm
  • The horse zone – Join the ex racehorses and vets during a parade of ex racers from 12.45pm – 1pm
  • The quiet zone – Enjoy a free tea or coffee with us while you read the Racing Post and sort out your selections. Peace and quiet between 12.30pm and 1pm in the Betting Hall
  • The newcomers zone – Meet our ‘Here to Help’ team who’ll show you around and explain how an afternoon at the races works. Join us on the Marquee Site – 1.00pm
  • The tipster zone – Listen to the expert Punters Panel in the Winners Enclosure at 1.30pm
  • The kids zone (Sunday School!) – Get the kids involved with the live demonstrations of horse handling and care. Watch them enjoy the Interactive Kids zone throughout the afternoon in the Picnic Enclosure.  



The highlight of our final Family Day of 2017 is the Highfield Farm Flying Fillies Listed race and you’ll be seeing some very speedy equine ladies. Mehronissa was stunning in 2016 - who'll follow in her hoofprints?
 
Don't forget that you can also book your great value Family Ticket (at £23 for 2 adults and their kids under 18) or the gorgeous Sunday Packages in advance!

Tickets for the newest theme in the Pontefract calendar are available here.

THURSDAY 21st SEPTEMBER - Throwback Thursdays

1st race 2.20pm, gates open 12 noon.

As the Summer draws to an end and Autumn sets in, we continue racing with a couple of the most relaxing race days on our calendar!

Our two Thursday race meetings will be special ‘Throwback Thursday’ racedays! 

You can qualify for a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ ticket to the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure on either of these days by posting a picture of your favourite Pontefract memory on the Racecourse Facebook or Twitter pages using the tagline #RacingForGenerations and sending a Direct Message to the Racecourse with your name, address and phone number – we’ll then give you a call to book your tickets! 

For those not on Social Media, why not email or post your favourite Pontefract Memory!

There are 7 races on this card with the highlight the £30,000 EBF Fillies’ Handicap over 6f.

Why not spend the afternoon in the Park Suite with some fine dining and good company, and back a winner or two to go with it!

Tickets are on sale now - click here.
 

THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER - Throwback Thursdays

1st race 2.20pm, gates open 12 noon. 

As the Summer draws to an end and Autumn sets in, we continue racing with a couple of the most relaxing race days on our calendar!

Our two Thursday race meetings will be special ‘Throwback Thursday’ racedays!

You can qualify for a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ ticket to the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure on either of these days by posting a picture of your favourite Pontefract memory on the Racecourse Facebook or Twitter pages using the tagline #RacingForGenerations and sending a Direct Message to the Racecourse with your name, address and phone number – we’ll then give you a call to book your tickets! 

For those not on Social Media, why not email or post your favourite Pontefract Memory!

The highlight of our second September meeting is the Dalby Screw Driver Handicap. In the early 19th century, SCREWDRIVER set the Pontefract pulses racing. He won at least 2 ‘Cup’ races! These consisted of four heats over 2 miles on the same day: the winner being the horse with the best aggregate score over the 8 miles! He is the earliest Pontefract course specialist on record!

Get your tickets here
 

MONDAY 9th OCTOBER - Beat The Monday Blues Raceday

1st race c2.00pm, gates open 12 noon. 

Our penultimate meeting as the season begins to draw to a close. As the nights draw in, Mondays in October can seem a bit dark but we’ve got something to brighten the darkest Autumnal day!

Make sure you book your tickets for this meeting before the end of September and they’ll be half price!

There’s some really good racing on this day as many trainers try to get their horses to the track for one final run.

If you’ve never tried the fabulous Dine & View package, why not give it a go and enjoy the racing from the exclusive Dalby Stand boxes?

Tickets are on sale now! Click here

MONDAY 23rd OCTOBER - totepool Season Finale Day

1st race c2.10pm, gates open 12 noon.

The final day of the 2017 season sees our final Listed Race where the 2yos take to the stage in the EBF totepool Silver Tankard Stakes.

It’s always a popular and well attended race meeting as it’s time to have a final catch up with the friends that you’ve made at Pontefract through the season.

There will be the chance to do some very early Christmas shopping when the Injured Jockeys Fund bring their stall. Or you could always purchase an annual badge for 2017?

To celebrate the end of the season we have a fantastic package in conjunction with totepool.

TOTEPOOL SEASON FINALE PACKAGE

Includes entrance to the VIP totepool Suite, hot buffet, racecard, use of the Dalby Stand viewing balconies - £42. Menus are available here.

For the final chance to visit Pontefract in 2017, click here to book tickets!

And don't forget:

The Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival 2017

The 10th Annual Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival will take place at the following Race Meetings in 2017:

Saturday 22nd July - Ripon

Sunday 23rd July - Redcar

Monday 24th July - Beverley (Evening Meeting)

Tuesday 25th July - blank day

Wednesday 26th July - Catterick

Thursday 27th July - Doncaster (Evening Meeting)

Friday 28th July - Thirsk
Friday 28th July - York (Evening Meeting)

Saturday 29th July - York

Sunday 30th July - Pontefract

Watch out for announcements and further details of other events taking place throughout the week and special events taking place on each raceday. 

For further details, please view the Go Racing In Yorkshire website.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PONTEFRACT RACES are run by PONTEFRACT PARK RACE COMPANY LIMITED, a company registered in England No. 159754 whose address within Great Britain is The Administration Office, Pontefract Park, Park Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 4QD.

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