The second of Pontefract’s three Sunday meetings this summer takes place on Sunday 25 July, when the seven race programme starts at 2.05pm. It’s the final day of the 2010 Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival, which showcases all that is best in racing in the county.
A special racecard competition is being held throughout the Festival, and the draw will be made on Sunday, with the overall winner receiving a luxury stay at the new 5-star Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa in the centre of York.
The leading trainer and jockey of the Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival will receive the specially-commissioned Keepmoat Trophies. Doncaster-based Keepmoat also supports a contest for maiden three- and four-year-olds over one mile during the afternoon.
As usual at Pontefract’s Sunday fixtures, there’s a wide range of attractions available for young racegoers to enjoy and the fun begins when the gates open at 11.30am, including performances during the afternoon by The National Festival Circus
The Sky Bet Supporting The Yorkshire Racing Festival Pomfret Stakes is the principal race of the afternoon. It’s the fourth running of this Listed race over one mile, which offers prize money of £40,000. Last year’s winner was the Newmarket-trained Khateeb.
The ninth running of The Graham Rock Memorial Handicap Stakes is contested over one mile and a quarter. The late Graham Rock was a much-respected racing journalist, who was the first editor of The Racing Post. He was latterly the racing correspondent for The Observer and a member of BBC Television’s racing team. He was also a successful racehorse owner: his colours were carried to memorable victories by Pasternak in both The John Smith’s Cup at York and The Cambridgeshire at Newmarket in 1997 – trained and ridden respectively by Sir Mark Prescott and George Duffield. Graham Rock’s roots were always in Yorkshire and he visited Pontefract many times as a youngster and later in life when working for Timeform and the now-defunct Sporting Chronicle.
The Yorkshire Society sponsor for the fourth time at Pontefract in celebration of the forthcoming ‘Yorkshire Day’ on August 1. The Yorkshire Society Handicap Stakes is contested over one mile and a half, while the opening race – a contest for maiden two-year-olds – is The Welcome to Yorkshire Action Packed Outdoors Maiden Stakes.
A couple of large screens will assist racegoers in following all of the action. There’s also a Children’s Entertainer, a Marching Band, a Funfair, Bouncy Castle, face-painting flying chairs, funhouse, a Children’s Crèche and Free Sweets for Children (while stock last!).
Yorkshire Radio will be broadcasting ‘live’ from the course, as part of their commitment to the Yorkshire Racing Festival, and there’s a preview of the afternoon’s racing in the winners’ enclosure.