Adjacent to the M62, Pontefract is a flat only course.

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Course Characteristics:

It is a rounded hexagonal shaped circuit almost 2 miles round, racing left handed (anti-clockwise). There are marked undulations and the home straight is uphill placing an emphasis on stamina. This means, for example that a horse which barely stays 5 furlongs on a flatter track will struggle here, whereas a horse that is a 6 furlong specialist elsewhere may still do well over 5 furlongs here.

The sprint course is considered to be one of the most severe in the country and it takes some getting, therefore ability to get the distance is paramount.

Draw Advantage: In sprints low numbers have an advantage, except when the going is soft when high numbers are favoured.

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Admission (2013 prices):

Pontefract has four enclosures Club (£21), Paddock (£14), the 2nd enclosure also known as the silver ring (£7) and the 3rd enclosure (£12 car plus four passengers or £5 if on foot).

Accompanied under 16’s admitted free of charge.

Annual membership: Single £190, joint (same address) £255 

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The course is ½ mile from J32 of the M62 and coise to the M1, M18 and A1.

Ease of public transport access: Good (Tanshelf station is adjacent to the course)

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Suitability for the first time racegoer: good

Last Reviewed: May 2012

Web Site: www.pontefract-races.co.uk/home.htm

Telephone: 01977 781307

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