Pontefract Racecourse is a left-handed undulating circuit with a two-furlong home straight. The last six furlongs of the course run uphill, so longer races over heavier ground will require a lot of stamina to get home. Horses that are drawn with lower stall numbers are favoured in the shorter races.
Pontefract may not host too many high-profile events, but during World War II, when other tracks were out of action, Pontefract was the location for the Lincoln and other notable Handicaps. Situated between Leeds, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Doncaster and York, there are often very large crowds at the racecourse.