At two miles in circumference, 'Ponte' is the longest 'enclosed' racecourse in the country (Newmarket's Rowley Mile course stretches to include the two-and-a-quarter mile Cesarewitch but that does not loop around) and the full extent of that area is used in the two-and-three-quarter mile Marathon Handicap in April.
Pontefract's meetings used to begin at 2.45pm to give miners from the local colliers time to make it to the races, but with the lack of mines left in West Yorkshire, that little piece of tradition has fallen by the wayside.
Pontefract Racecourse, Pontefract Park, Pontefract
Tel: 01977 703224 or 702210 (Race Days Only)
Fax: 01977 600577
Left-handed, oval undulating course of just over two miles. There is a short run in of just two furlongs but the track provides a stiff test.
The racecourse is to the north of the town and is accessible via the M62 (junction 32) and then the A539. Free parking is available.
To Pontefract Baghill, approximately one-and-a-half miles from the racecourse, or Monkhill which adjoins the park entrance.
Helicopter landing at the course by prior arrangement only.
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