Luck is a lady on a day at the races

Ladies heading out for a day at the races from the Roundhill Inn, Rastrick.
Ladies heading out for a day at the races from the Roundhill Inn, Rastrick.

It was Ladies Day at Pontefract Races last week and yet again female customers from the Roundhill at Rastrick saddled up for their annual trip organised by landlady Maggie Starkey.

A group of 36 enjoyed champagne and canapes before heading by coach for ‘Ponty’ where they enjoyed a three course meal and some success on the race card. Maggie and some of the other Roundhill race-goers picked a ‘donkey’ in the last race because they liked the name - only to have the last laugh when the lucky landlady pocketed £85 in winnings.

Jayne Hunneybell made cup cakes for the occasion and race-goer Kathryn Eccles said: “Yet again it was a fantastic day out and we were all decked out in our finery.”

On the Saturday before, it had been the men’s turn with Rick Starkey organising a trip to the races at Thirsk for the pub’s male customers.

The day started with a full English breakfast at the Roundhill before a group of 28 headed to Thirsk.

Last Thursday it was the pub’s annual competition against Castlefields Golf Club which the Roundhill won by two and a half to one and a half. There were eight players in each team and they played the six hole golf course three times to make the 18 holes. The cup is on display in the pub.

There is another golf tournament coming up on August 28, the Roundhill Classic which is in its 24th year. 24 players will venture to the course at Wortley, Sheffield.

A coach will pick them up and transport them to the club for bacon butties with tea or coffee, they then play a nine hole Texas scramble which is a warm up session before heading back for sandwiches and chips before its back out to play the full 18 holes.

In the evening there is a three course meal and presentation with a trophy and other prizes.