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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.”


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 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 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.

All About the Racing Raceday

 The third of the All About the Racing Racedays is held at Pontefract Racecourse on Monday 8th October. With just shy of a month left in the 2018 flat calendar, trainers are looking to finish their horses’ campaigns off in good style. Expect plenty of competitive and thrilling racing and some great perks!

On Monday 8th October, there are 7 exciting races on the card which get underway at 2.05pm.  The track holds a 1m2f two-year-old race which is one of the longest two-year-old races run in the UK. With a stiff finish, Ponte is one of the more testing courses in Britain and a tough gritty horse is needed. The first two home in last year’s event, Austrian School and Making Miracles have both proved themselves to be strong, talented stayers for the countries winningmost trainer, Mark Johnston. Both now have ratings of 100 or more and have competed in some of the best staying handicap races in 2018. Who will add their name to the role of honour this year?

The feature race on the card is the £15,000 Leslie Burton (Fisher) Handicap which was won last year by Richard Hannon’s The Grape Escape who was campaigned in some of the best handicaps in Dubai over the winter. There’s also the penultimate round of the 2018 Pontefract Stayers Championship in which Micky Hammond’s Becky The Thatcher looks to have an unassailable advantage. This round of the Stayers Championship produced one of the finishes of the year in 2017 when the enigmatic Madam Lilibet put her best foot forward to win her final race before being retired to stud.

We also caught glimpse of a future Grade 2 placed juvenile hurdler when Cornerstone Lad took the 1m4f handicap. There may be a few future hurdlers lurking amongst the entries again this season.

On the remaining two racedays, there’ll be a soapbox for punters to have their say on what they think has a great winning chance as well as a guest racecard tipster to point you in the direction of a few winners! We’ll also have a guest pundit on the day to guide you through the runners in the Parade Ring and offer valuable guidance and knowledge about the days’ equine action.

Early Bird discounted advanced tickets are available on the courses website at , and, as part of the All About The Racing theme, if 4 or more tickets are booked for this race meeting, you can pick up a FREE Timeform from the Racecourse Office to help to study the form.

For more information about the day, visit the course website at