The Arkle Finance Pipalong Stakes – a £33,000 Listed race over one mile for fillies and mares – is the highlight of Pontefract’s seven-race programme on Tuesday (10 July), when racing is scheduled to begin at 2:30pm.
The tenth running of the Pipalong Stakes is sponsored by Arkle Finance, part of Wellingborough-based Weatherbys Group, a company which provides administrative and commercial services to the British racing industry. Law Of The Range, trained at Newmarket by Marco Botti and ridden by Silvestre de Sousa was last year’s winner, in a race which should attract a quality turnout.
Sprinters take part in The King Richard III Handicap Stakes and The Dianne Nursery Handicap Stakes, both races contested over six furlongs. The 29th running of The King Richard III Handicap Stakes – offering prize money of £10,300 – commemorates the granting of a Royal Charter to the Borough of Pontefract in 1484 and the successful owner will receive a perpetual challenge trophy given by Pontefract Civic Trust, while The Dianne Nursery Handicap Stakes is one of the UK’s first handicap races of the season for two-year-olds.
Three-year-old sprinters take part in the second running of The Jeff and Margaret Smith Memorial Handicap Stakes, a contest over five furlongs which commemorates two racegoers from Castleford who passed away in 2010.
Moor Top Farm Shop Hemsworth, run by the Yates family, return to sponsor at Pontefract for the second year, supporting a middle-distance handicap contest over one mile and a quarter.
The giant screen, situated opposite the track, will show all of the action.
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