Bookies put rivalry aside to raise money for racing college

By Sam Taylor

The 27th annual Northern Racing College Charity races takes place at Pontefract Racecourse today.

Admiral Dundas ridden by Joe Fanning (1) beats Thumbs Up ridden by Jamie Spencer to win the Style Bar & Bar Liquid Pontefract Handicap Stakes run at Pontefract Racecourse on August 6, 2008 in Pontefract, England.
The event is a day for potential future stars where bookmakers William Hill, Betfred, Totepool, Ladbrooks and Coral set aside their commercial rivalry and look to promote grassroots racing, raising money for the Northern Racing College.

Rupert Adams, International PR Manager at William Hill, explained how the charity day worked saying: “The race at Pontefract is a mascot race meaning any profits which are made by the betting companies go straight to the charity.”

The Northern Racing College is based in Doncaster and offers a range of courses for people at all levels who see themselves as having a career in horse racing.

The racing card includes the ‘2yo Maiden’. The ‘Maiden’ is an historical event which past winners include ‘Peniaphobia’, who has a list of honours, most notably winning the Hong Kong sprint in 2015.

It also includes the ‘3yo Totepool Maiden’ which also has a rich history. Previous Royal Ascot winner ‘Remote’ made his debut in this race.

The card concludes with the third round of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Handicap. The handicap was last year won by Josh Doyle who has gone on to become an established jockey.

Josephine Gordon, Clifford Lee and Jordan Uys are all currently tied at the top of leader board after the second round on 18 points.

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