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Catterick’s National Hunt season continues on Thursday 10 January, featuring it’s most prestigious National Hunt race, the North Yorkshire Grand National, which has once again been kindly sponsored by the Richmond based racecourse supplier firm Watt Fences.
Racegoers will enjoy a seven race card on the day which gets underway at 12.25pm, while the gates will be open to the public from 10.25am onwards. The Watt Fences North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase is scheduled for 2.45pm and is Catterick’s most valuable National Hunt race with the runners competing for more than £26,000 prize money over three miles and six furlongs, making it Catterick’s longest race.
Fiona Needham, Clerk of the Course & General Manager said: “The North Yorkshire Grand National is a race we look forward to every year, it’s a real test of stamina and jumping ability and it’s always exciting to see horses go on from success in this race to take part in the Grand National at Aintree!”
The race tends to attract runners from some of the leading trainers in the United Kingdom, while a trainer well worth watching out for is the Yorkshire based Sue Smith, who has won the race for the past three years. Last year Smith won with I Just Know, ridden by Sean Quinlan, who then went on to compete in the 2018 Grand National at Aintree.
Previously, the partnership of Sue Smith and jockey Danny Cook have enjoyed back to back victories with Straidnahanna in 2017 and Lackamon in 2016.
The winning owner of the North Yorkshire Grand National will receive the Denys Smith Memorial Trophy. Denys Smith, who trained Red Alligator to win the 1968 Grand National at Aintree, was a leading dual-purpose trainer who recorded a remarkable 146 winners at Catterick.
Racegoers will be able to get a true idea of what the horses and jockeys experience during a race by visiting the parade ring, where a section of a steeple chase fence has been positioned. Sending their ‘Steeplechase Selfie’ to the racecourse could also earn them a chance to win tickets to a future meeting at Catterick Races!
A big screen will be at the course on the day to give racegoers the best views of all the action. A free shuttle bus will be running to take racegoers from Richmond Market Place to the racecourse approximately one hour prior to the first race, and will return again after the last race.

First of £3.5 million three-phase development opens at Catterick Racecourse

First of £3.5 million three-phase development opens at catterick racecourse

Catterick Racecourse will officially open its new Main Entrance and Saddling Boxes at the Go Racing in Yorkshire Winter Festival race day on Friday 28 December.

The £1 million investment has been designed by local, Richmond-based, architects Harris Irwin Associates [HIA] to give a sense of arrival to racegoers and offer state of the art facilities for trainers to saddle their horses ahead of the races.

Katie Craggs, Project Architect for Harris Irwin Associates adds: “HIA have been delighted to be involved with the redevelopment at Catterick Racecourse. Having worked closely with the racecourse team over the past 5 years, we have assisted in delivering their vision for improving and upgrading the facilities. The scheme provides the racecourse with a landmark building, which will benefit racegoers and the wider racing community.”

Racegoers will be welcomed to the course through the new entrance on Friday 28 December and treated to complimentary mulled wine and mince pies on arrival, while stocks last.

This is the first of a three-phase redevelopment plan. The next phase of works is due to commence immediately following the end of the National Hunt season on 6th March 2019, when the racecourse will close in order to complete a scheme that will include an enlarged Parade Ring, incorporating a new Winner’s Enclosure, refurbished and modernised Weighing Room and jockeys facilities, as well as a new horsebox park.

The final phase of the £3.5 million investment plan will be a completely new, two-storey, trackside Owners & Trainers facility that is scheduled to be finished in early 2020.

John Sanderson, Managing Director at Catterick Racecourse said: “When finally completed, these developments will provide an enhanced ‘Race Day Experience’ for owners, members of our race going public, trainers, jockeys and the other racing professionals who work at Catterick, without changing the character or atmosphere of this friendly dual-purpose racecourse.”

Catterick will re-open on Monday 17 June for the start of our 2019 Flat season, before hosting it’s first Cocktails & Casino Race Night on the evening of Monday 1 July.

2019 yorkshire racing calendar kicks off at catterick races on New year’s day

2019 yorkshire racing calendar kicks off at catterick races on NEw year’s day

The first meeting of the 2019 Yorkshire racing calendar will take place at Catterick Racecourse on New Year’s Day.

The popular fixture has a six race card, with the first race taking place at 12.25pm. The gates will be open to the public from 10.25am, and as with all of Catterick’s fixtures, a free shuttle bus will run from Richmond Market Place approximately an hour before the first race to bring racegoers to the course.

The feature race of the afternoon, The Handicap Steeple Chase, is scheduled for 2.45pm, while the last race will come under starters orders at 3.20pm.

Fiona Needham, General Manager and Clerk of the Course said: “Racing on New Year’s Day has become a traditional activity for many of our racegoers and we’re thrilled to continue the tradition this year. It’s a great way to start the New Year and clear your head after the night before!”

Alongside the racing action on the day, there will also be the opportunity for racegoers to win a sponsorship experience – see the racehorses up close in the Parade Ring, judge the Best Turned Out horse and celebrate with winning connections after the race! Plus, keen racegoers will be excited to learn that they could be in with a chance of winning tickets to a future race day at the course by visiting the section of steeple chase fence which has been positioned next to the Parade Ring and taking a ‘Steeplechase Selfie’!

This meeting is the first of 25 fixtures to be held at the course next year – including 10 National Hunt and 15 Flat fixtures. The fixture calendar will see a pause in proceedings following the end of the National Hunt season in March to allow for Parade Ring and Weighing Room development works to take place at the course. The racecourse will then re-open for the first Flat fixture on Monday 17 June before the new Cocktails and Casino Race Night on Monday 1 July.

Highlights of this year’s fixture list include the prestigious North Yorkshire Grand National on Thursday 10 January, Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival on Wednesday 24 July, the ever popular August Family Day’s and the return of Catterick’s richest race day, The Catterick Dash on Saturday 19 October.

Emma Binnian, Sales & Marketing Manager said: “There’s something for everyone on offer next year, from Family Days to Ladies’ Day and the new Cocktails & Casino Race Night. We’re looking forward to welcoming racegoers back to the course for another great year of racing at Catterick!”

The Yorkshire Beer Festival Race Day comes back to the course next year on Saturday 21 September, when The Pennine Brewing Co. will be at the course with a number local ales and ciders for racegoers to try alongside the racing action. In addition, Ladies Day makes a move to the afternoon of Wednesday 28 August.

The calendar will come to an end with the ever popular Christmas fixtures on Tuesday 17 and Saturday 28 December.