Pontefract racecourse

This West Yorkshire course has thrived since the opening of the M62 as Junction 32 is just half a mile away while links with the A1, M1 and M18 are within 10 miles.

Being a stiff, undulating two-mile track, the emphasis is on stamina in the staying races but front runners are ideally suited in sprints where a low draw is important. It holds several long-distance races throughout the season with the start invariably in front of the enclosures.

Address: Administration Offices, Pontefract Racecourse, Pontefract Park, Park Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4QD
Tel: 01977 781 307
Admission: Premier Enclosure £20 Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure £13 (OAP £10) Silver Enclosure £6 (OAP £3) Picnic Enclosure £4 or car with maximum 4 occupants £10.
Road: Leave M62 at Junction 32. Track backs on to motorway
Rail: St Pancras to Pontefract Baghill, change at Sheffield; Kings Cross to Pontefract Monkhill. Short bus ride
Car park: Free
Flat: Left-hand very undulating and sharp track with a run-in of about 2f. The finish is uphill and the sprint course is quite stiff. Low numbers best but a quick break is essential.