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Pontefract Racecourse

Racecourse Guide

Set in West Yorkshire, Pontefract is one of the most popular tracks in the north of England and produces many course specialists. Being a stiff, undulating two-mile track, the emphasis is firmly placed on stamina in the staying races but front runners are ideally suited to this track in sprints where an inside, low draw is important.

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Contact and Location

Pontefract Racecourse, Pontefract Park, Park Rd, Pontefract, Wakefield WF8 4QD. United Kingdom.
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The Effect of the Draw

Low numbers should do best here, purely because the course turns left all the way, but that doesn't work out in practice. Indeed, high numbers are best when the going is heavy, as the ground on the inside rail soon gets chewed up.

Local Knowledge


  1. Data Cars (0.8 miles away)
    Tel: +44 1977 551666

  2. X Cars (0.8 miles away)
    Tel: +44 1977 551666

  3. Action Cars (0.8 miles away)
    Tel: +44 1977 600700

Places to Stay

  1. The Parkside Hotel (0.5 miles away)
    Park Road, Pontefract WF8 4QD, UK
    Tel: +44 1977 709911

  2. Tulip Inn (0.8 miles away)
    Colorado Way, Castleford WF10 4TA, UK
    Tel: +44 1977 667700

  3. Barley Mow Hotel (0.9 miles away)
    22 Cornmarket, Pontefract WF8 1BJ, UK
    Tel: +44 1977 798900

Places to Eat

  1. McDonald's Restaurants (0.5 miles away)
    Park Road Retail Park, Park Road, Pontefract WF8 4PR, UK
    Tel: +44 1977 602919

  2. Primo's Gourmet Hot Dogs (0.6 miles away)
    Unit 5, Colorado Way, Castleford WF10, UK
    Tel: +44 1977 277595

  3. Pizza Express (0.8 miles away)
    Unit 11 Xscape, Colorado Way, West York WF10, UK
    Tel: +44 1977 556800

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