Pontefract Racecourse

Pontefract Racecourse

Key Characteristics

Pontefract is a racecourse for the enthusiast rather than the recreational race goer looking for a wonderful view or great facilities.

Pontefract Racecourse is a two mile left handed course. The last two furlongs of which are up hill making Pontefract one of the most testing finishes in the country. The key to Pontefract is to have your horse prominent coming off the final bend (needs to be in front six really). This is because after the finish of the bend there is less than 2 furlongs left up the home straight for any horses that has been held up to get going and get past the prominent horses. All too often you will see fast finishing horses at Pontefract who just didn’t quite make it.

The course is also quite undulating which often doesn’t suite larger galloping types.

A good test of stamina you can often put 1/2f on to the trip at Pontefract (ie your horse has done well at 7f elsewhere then 6f might suite at Pontefract).

 

Draw Bias & Pace Analysis

There appears to be little draw bias at Pontefract mainly because the key to winning is to be quickly away (particularly over 5f & 6f) and be either at the front or prominent coming off the bend. Being at the back makes life very difficult and it is rare to see hold up horses win particularly over the shorter distances.

Over 5f the pace rating is 6/31 (that’s 6th easiest to front run at out of 31 UK flat courses over the same distance) in favour of front runners and over 6f it is 7/29.

Over the 1m the draw comes a little more into play with low numbers favoured (particularly in the soft) in larger fields. This is because if you are drawn wide it is quite difficult to get a decent position before making the first turn (about 1f from the stalls) and therefore have to race wide (racing further than your rivals) or drop back and therefore get stuck at the back which is a major issue.

Over 1m it is possible to come from behind but the rating is still in favour of the front runners being 13/30. Hold up horses still have a major problem though.

However over 2m 1f the whole thing turns on it’s head and it is now really difficult for the front runner to hold on. Mainly this is due to the fact that the horses will be a lot more tired and the testing finish can therefore play it’s part.

Trainers & Jockeys

Trainer
Runners
Wins
Places
Prize Money
Strike-Rate
P/L
R A Fahey
219
32
93
£233,259
14.61%
-£10.74
M Johnston
131
26
52
£189,092
19.85%
-£47.96
T D Easterby
138
17
38
£132,913
12.32%
-£39.17
D O'Meara
109
13
33
£105,925
11.93%
-£68.50
K A Ryan
69
13
24
£74,684
18.84%
£22.33
R M Whitaker
42
10
12
£51,018
23.81%
£6.58
Micky Hammond
91
9
28
£37,379
9.89%
-£41.25
Sir Michael Stoute
33
9
18
£94,174
27.27%
-£14.06
Mrs R Carr
62
8
23
£41,681
12.9%
£3.75
M Appleby
61
8
20
£62,294
13.11%
-£12.67

 

Jockeys:

D Tudhope
120
23
42
£144,529
19.17%
-£23.83
S De Sousa
81
18
36
£120,074
22.22%
-£20.83
P Hanagan
96
17
39
£95,964
17.71%
£9.55
F Norton
75
17
31
£107,911
22.67%
-£10.43
D Allan
90
14
28
£110,637
15.56%
-£7.50
G Lee
121
12
45
£102,096
9.92%
-£45.25
P J McDonald
100
12
36
£78,872
12%
-£61.14
J Fanning
65
12
24
£78,895
18.46%
£26.53
Ben Curtis
63
11
17
£74,742
17.46%
£24.75
T Hamilton
103
10
37
£70,078
9.71%
-£39.00


		
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