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The jumps ARE BACK at Catterick races

Catterick’s 2018/19 National Hunt season starts on Friday 23 November

The jumps are back at Catterick Races, with the first fixture of the 2018/19 National Hunt season taking place on Friday 23 November.

Following on from a successful Flat season, the North Yorkshire track will host 10 National Hunt fixtures this winter featuring the ever popular Christmas and New Year’s Day fixtures as well as the prestigious North Yorkshire Grand National on Thursday 10 January and finishing with Countryside Day on Wednesday 6 March.

Fiona Needham, General Manager & Clerk of the Course said: “We’re excited for the start of the new Jumps season and have some thrilling days racing ahead of us this winter including the North Yorkshire Grand National which Sue Smith has won for the last three years, so her horses will be ones to watch for this year’s running!”

At the first meeting, The Start of the Jumps on Friday 23 November, presentations will be made to Catterick’s 2017/18 National Hunt Season Champions. The series was generously sponsored by The Black Bull Inn, Moulton and the Champion Owner, Trainer and Jockey will each receive a voucher for a meal for two people at The Black Bull Inn, located just 5 miles from the racecourse.

Last year’s Champion Owners were Mr & Mrs Duncan Davidson, while the Champion Trainer was taken by Donald McCain who finished just 9 points ahead of Sue Smith in second. The Champion Jockey series was close throughout the season between Brian Hughes and Danny Cook but in the end it was Hughes who took the top spot, with a total of 7 winners at Catterick last season.

The Black Bull Inn, Moulton have kindly agreed to continue their sponsorship of the Champion Owners and Trainer Series for the upcoming season, whilst Millbry Hill have kindly continued their Flat season winning jockey sponsorship for the upcoming National Hunt season and will be giving each winning jockey throughout Catterick’s National Hunt season a £20 voucher to spend at one of their stores, as well as giving a grand prize to the Champion Jockey at the end of the season.

The first race on Friday 23 November is scheduled for 12.15pm, with the gates opening two hours prior. The feature race of the afternoon, The Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap Steeple Chase (a qualifier for The Challenger Staying Chase Series Final) will take place at 1.50pm. The last race is scheduled for 3.35pm.

As with all Catterick’s fixtures a big screen will be at the course on the day to give racegoers the best views of all the action, and a free shuttle bus will leave approximately an hour before the first race to bring racegoers from Richmond Market Place to the racecourse, and returns again after the last race.

Tickets are available to purchase online, and remember accompanied under 18’s go free!

The William Hill Catterick Dash takes place on Saturday 20 October

A busy Flat season is coming to a climax at Catterick Races with the richest race day of the season, The William Hill Catterick Dash on Saturday 20 October, where there’ll be over £90,000 pizemoney on offer throughout the afternoon.

The first of seven races is scheduled to take place at 1:50pm with gates opening to the public two hours prior at 11:50am. The feature race of the afternoon – and Catterick’s richest race of the season – The William Hill Catterick Dash Handicap will take place at 3:30pm. The minimum distance five furlong sprint should attract plenty of good sprinters and has a total of £35,000 prize money up for grabs.

Fiona Needham, General Manager and Clerk of the Course said: “The Catterick Dash meeting is our feature race day, with top quality racing action on show. Last year’s Catterick Dash winner, Storm Over, is entered again this year and so we’re excited to see if he can reclaim the title or if we’ll have a new name to add to the roll of honour!”

The final race on the card, scheduled for 5:10pm is the penultimate round of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Series – now in it’s seventh year. The series final will take place at Doncaster Racecourse three weeks later. It looks set to be an exciting end to this year’s series with just 17 points between the top three riders. Fifth place in the most recent round at York Races took the leader, Keiran Schofield, to total of 53 points, making him the one to beat coming into the final two rounds.

Alongside all the action on the track, the course will also be showing live coverage from Champions Day at Ascot on the big screen and TV’s around the course.

The William Hill Catterick Dash meeting is the penultimate fixture on the 2018 Flat season calendar for Catterick, with final meeting taking place on Tuesday 30 October.

At The Flat Finale, on 30 October, presentations will be made to the course’s Champion Trainer, Owner and Jockey for the season. The Trainer and Owner Series has been kindly sponsored by The Fleece Hotel in Richmond, and each will win dinner, bed and breakfast for two people. Tim Easterby is leading the trainer series currently, with Richard Fahey close behind, while Weldspec Glasgow Ltd. presently hold the top spot in the Owners series.

The Champion Jockey series has been generously sponsored by Millbry Hill Country Store this season, and alongside the £20 vouchers which they have given to each winning jockey, the store has teamed up with Fairfax & Favor to present the Champion Jockey with an item of their choice from the Fairfax & Favor range at Millbry Hill. Paul Hanagan leads the jockeys championship currently but with just 7 points separating the top three jockeys it’s all still to play for!

Under 18’s are admitted free of charge, when accompanied by an adult, to all of Catterick Racecourse’s fixtures and on race days, a free shuttle bus will leave from Richmond Market Place approximately an hour before the first race to bring racegoers to the course.

HARVEST FESTIVAL RACING AT CATTERICK RACECOURSE

Catterick’s Flat season continues on Saturday 22 September with a new theme, The Harvest Festival Race Day.
The action packed seven-race card will kick off at 1.50pm with the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes and the last race is scheduled for 5.20pm.
The highlight of the afternoon comes at 4:10pm when the course will host the 2018 Catterick Twelve Furlong Series Final – sponsored by The BAPP Group. Now in its sixth year, the series final offers £25,000 in prize money and is open to those who have run in one of the qualifying races since the season started in April.
Fiona Needham, General Manager said: “The Catterick Twelve Furlong Series always provides some great racing action throughout the season and this year has been no exception – we’re looking forward to the final when our 2018 Catterick Twelve Furlong Champion will be crowned!”
In keeping with the Harvest Festival theme, there will also be traditional ‘village fete’ style entertainment including a Coconut Shy, Tin Can Alley and Hook a Duck in the Course Enclosure, and there will be live music throughout the afternoon from trombone soloist Kenneth Stamp.
In addition, the racecourse will be collecting food donations throughout the day for the local food bank, StoreHouse in Richmond. The collection will be held at the main entrance and a full list of donation items can be found on the StoreHouse website.
As with all of Catterick Racecourse’s fixtures, accompanied under 18’s will be admitted free of charge and in addition to the other entertainment on offer at this meeting, there will be bouncy castles and a roundabout in the Course Enclosure to keep any younger racing fans amused.
A big screen will also be at the course on the day to enable racegoers to see even more of the action from the track, as well as showing the big race action from Ayr Races – featuring the Ayr Gold Cup.
Emma Binnian, Sales & Marketing Manager said: “We’re excited to have a new themed race day this year – there’s something for everyone at this meeting, with village festival fun taking place alongside the action on the track, and we’re pleased to be able to support the local community by collecting donations for the StoreHouse foodbank.”
The gates will be open to the public from 11.50am. While the free shuttle bus will bring racegoers from Richmond Market Place to the racecourse approximately one hour prior to the first race.
Tickets for the day start at just £5 and will be available to purchase at the gates on the day, as well as in advance via the racecourse office or online at www.catterickbridge.co.uk