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Showcase & Awards – Best Campaign

pontefract Racecourse is delighted to announce they have been named as a Finalist for the prestigious Showcase & Awards, hosted by the Racecourse Association (RCA).
The Showcase & Awards is the marquee event of British racecourses that annually celebrates first class customer experience in partnership with Moët Hennessy, Racing Breaks, Racing Post and Great British Racing.
Pontefract Racecourse has been listed as a Finalist in both the Best Campaign and #TopSpot categories. From the five Finalists the winner will be revealed at the Showcase & Awards ceremony on Thursday 8th November at Aintree Racecourse.
The Best Campaign category celebrates excellence in the sphere of marketing, increasing the appeal of racing to new audiences and improving the frequency of visits amongst customers. Entries were asked to demonstrate the clear strategy and execution used for the campaign by means of a multi-tiered approach to engage with a target audience.
The #TopSpot Award is looking for standalone initiatives, large or small, that enrich the racecourse brand and/or raceday experience for customers. They should be ‘shareable’ ideas to enable other racecourses to use the best practice. To enter racecourses had to tweet an image to @RCAShowcase using #TopSpot and a brief description.
Richard Hammill, Chief Operating Officer at Pontefract Racecourse, said: “We’re thrilled to be shortlisted for these two awards. The Showcase Event is a huge date in the Racecourse’s diary and it’s a great honour for Pontefract to be listed alongside some of the biggest and best Racecourses in the country and to have our marketing programme recognised. We’ve been fortunate enough to win awards at the event in the past and we will continue to focus our efforts on improving Pontefract for all its customers.”
Caroline Davies, RCA Racecourse Services Director, said, “I am thrilled for Pontefract Racecourse for their success in being named a Finalist at the 2018 Showcase & Awards.
“It is one of the most exciting times of year to see the Showcase submissions go before the judges to demonstrate the care and attention given to enhancing the raceday experience
“I extend my congratulations to the team for their hard work in securing this achievement as one of our Finalists and wish them the best of luck ahead of the Awards ceremony at Aintree Racecourse on Thursday 8th November.”

PONTEFRACT SEASON FINALE

After a great Summer of racing, the 2018 season comes to a close at Pontefract on Monday 22nd October. The final meeting ends what has been a fantastic year at the West Yorkshire track with some memorable racing. And the final raceday is no different with a top class Listed 2 year old race on the card.
The 26th running of the Listed ebfstallions.com Silver Tankard Stakes has an impressive roll of honour with past winners including Comic Strip, who won the 2004 renewal for Sir Mark Prescott before being sold to race in Hong Kong and becoming one of the most successful horses in their history. D’Bai took the honours in 2016 for Charlie Appleby and the same yard sent out the hot favourite for the race last year in the shape of Old Persian. The subsequent Royal Ascot and Great Voltiguer winner failed to trouble the judge at Ponte with Clive Cox’s Connect taking the honours.
It’s the final leg of the Pontefract Stayers Championship as well. Micky Hammond has farmed the championship in recent seasons and his Becky The Thatcher has already been crowned the 2018 winner. There Stayers races are always hugely popular with racegoers and a great spectacle as the equine stars set off to complete over a full circuit of the testing West Yorkshire track.
There are still a few places available on the Season Finale Package on Monday. For just £42, punters will be able to secure a place in the Season Finale Suite in the Dalby Stand boxes with hot buffet, guest speaker and use of the private viewing balconies! To book, go online to www.pontefract-races.co.uk or give us a call on 01977 781307.
The Racecourse continues to run the Yorkshire Postcode Promotion. The scheme gives racegoers from Yorkshire the chance to come racing in the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure for free. The last meeting of the season is again part of the promotion, and punters with postcodes from Bradford will be eligible for cheap entry on the last day.
There’ll also be a chance to buy some early Christmas presents too as the Injured Jockeys Fund will have their stand on course. You’ll also be able to purchase your 2019 Annual Badge!
The action gets underway for the final time in 2018 at 2.00pm with gates opening at midday.

PROSCHEMA TO TACKLE £100,000 RACEBETS HANDICAP AT YORK

TRAINER Tom Dascombe sends three ‘live’ chances to York tomorrow on the opening afternoon of the racecourse’s seasonal finale.

Dascombe’s trio includes, Proschema,105-rated so topping the weights in the £100,000 RaceBets Handicap – the twenty-second contest of the York season to offer at least six figure prize money.

Running in the feature of a seven race card, Proschema will be making his second appearance of the season at York after finishing a very creditable third in the Sky Bet Melrose Stakes at the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival in August.

The three-year-old colt has since finished eighth to Kew Gardens in the Group 1 William Hill St Leger at Doncaster.

Eased in grade for his latest assignment, Dascombe is hoping his charge can be very competitive over a course and distance – a mile and three-quarters – that he has previously shown a liking for.

Cheshire-based Dascombe said: “Proschema has run well at York before. I think this is a more realistic target, maybe, than the Leger. But we wanted to have a go and he ran really well. He probably ran the race of his life.

“We’re very excited, hoping that he can keep up his consistent level of form and give us one more good effort in what would be a real nice race to win before the end of the season.

“He goes on any ground but he handles soft where other horses don’t. So I think any rain will probably help us.”

Proschema, who runs in the colours of the Empire State Racing Partnership, is already under consideration for next year’s £1 million Sky Bet Ebor Handicap.

Dascombe confirmed: “Yes, that sort of race is his long-term target. He ran really well in the Melrose, 50 per cent of his ownership lives in York and it’s one of the reasons why we want to run there.”

Dascombe’s Manor House Stables will be represented by Blyton in the card-opening (2.05pm) TSG Keeping IT Real Nursery over five and a half furlongs. The two-year-old heads to York in good form, having won a similar race at Haydock two weeks ago.

He said: “A horse that he beat – that finished third – (She Can Boogie, also trained by Dascombe) won at Nottingham on Wednesday. So it sort of franked the form and he has got a great chance.”

Also in action at York for Dascombe will be Angel Alexander. He was second on his debut at Haydock last month and he’ll have his second career start in the British EBF supporting Racing To School Novice Stakes.

Dascombe, who is set to have runners at York on Saturday as well, added: “Angel Alexander is a really nice horse, who was beaten at Haydock by a horse with experience. He comes to York, so we are hoping it’s going to be a good couple of days.”

All 14 races from Friday and Saturday’s fixtures at York, which carry record prize money of almost £500,000, will be shown live on Racing UK. For on-course racegoers there is a dedicated ‘Racing UK Zone’ showing all the action from home and away – at Newmarket – on a giant screen that overlooks the Roberto Lawn.