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The final meeting of Catterick Racecourse’s 2018/19 National Hunt season will take place on Wednesday 6 March, Countryside Day. The gates will be open to the public from 12.20pm, with the first race due to take place at 2.20pm and the last race at 5.20pm.

There is a packed card on offer, with seven races scheduled on the day, including The Support Jack Berry House Novice’s Hunter’s Steeple Chase, open to amateur riders, scheduled for 4.50pm.

In addition, ahead of the racing action, racegoers can enjoy a fashion show, presented by local country store Millbry Hill, which will showcase a selection of Cheltenham Festival outfits and styles. The show will take place at the Winner’s Enclosure at approximately 1.45pm.

Emma Binnian, Sales & Marketing Manager said: “It’s fantastic to have Millbry Hill joining us to showcase some of their favourite Cheltenham Festival styles on Countryside Day! Although Catterick’s jump season will be coming to an end, the racing world is gearing up for one of its biggest meetings of the season and the fashion stakes are always high.”

Millbry Hill Country Store will also have a tradestand at the course on the day.

Furthermore, Catterick’s Champion Owner, Trainer and Jockey for the 2018/19 Jumps season will be presented with their prizes in between races on the day. The Champion Owner & Trainer series has been kindly sponsored by The Black Bull Inn again this year, and each will receive a voucher for a three-course meal at the pub, just 5 miles from the racecourse. The Champion Jockey series has been generously sponsored by Millbry Hill Country Store who, in addition to having given each winning jockey throughout the season a £20 voucher, will present the Champion Jockey with a voucher for a pair of Fairfax & Favor shoes of their choice.

This fixture also provides a final opportunity for racing fans to enter the #SteeplechaseSelfie competition. Racegoers simply need to visit the section of steeplechase fence by the Parade Ring and send their selfies to the racecourse on social media to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to a future race meeting at Catterick Races.

As with all of Catterick’s fixtures accompanied under 18’s are admitted free of charge, and 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 bring racegoers from Richmond Market Place to the racecourse approximately an hour before the first race and will return after the last race.

Following Countryside Day on Wednesday 6 March, Catterick Racecourse will close to allow time for redevelopment works to take place to the Parade Ring and Weighing Room. The course will then re-open for the start of the 2019 Flat season on Monday 17 June with a newly enlarged Parade Ring, incorporating a new Winner’s Enclosure, and a fully refurbished Weighing Room providing state of the art facilities and jockey’s warm-up area.


Editors’ Notes:

  • Catterick Racecourse is one of the true homes of the Northern racing, a venue steeped in tradition dating back to 1783.
  • One of only three Yorkshire courses to offer both flat and National Hunt racing, Catterick Racecourse has a total of 25 days racing this year.
  • Catterick Racecourse prides itself on being one of the friendliest courses and provides a fun relaxed day out for everyone, whatever the occasion.

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Free Friday at Catterick Races

Catterick Races will host an additional National Hunt fixture next Friday, 22 February and racegoers can enjoy free entry into all enclosures.

This fixture is one of six additional fixtures announced by the British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) scheduled to take place between 20-28 February following the loss of six days of racing due to equine influenza. The fixtures are as follows, with two Flat floodlit fixtures followed by four Jump fixtures:

Chelmsford City – Wednesday 20 February
Wolverhampton – Thursday 21 February
Catterick – Friday 22 February
Uttoxeter – Monday 25 February
Ffos Las – Tuesday 26 February
Musselburgh – Thursday 28 February

Catterick Racecourse will open its gates to the public from 11.20am on Friday 22 February, with the first race of 6 races scheduled for 1.20pm.

There will be free entry into both the Course Enclosure and Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure. Racegoers do not need to book or register in advance and are invited to simply arrive at the course on the day ready to enjoy a thrilling afternoon of Jump racing action!

Fiona Needham, General Manager and Clerk of the Course said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer this additional fixture following the loss of our last three meetings due to frost and the Equine Influenza outbreak. We’re keen to get back racing and I’m sure that our racegoers are too, so it seemed like a great opportunity to offer a complimentary race day to thank our supporters for their understanding over this last month.”

Bars and restaurants will be open as usual, except for the Course Enclosure bar which will be closed at this meeting.

As with all Catterick’s fixtures, there will be a big screen at the course on the day giving racegoers the best views of the action and the free shuttle bus will bring racegoers from Richmond Market Place to the racecourse approximately one hour prior to the first race.


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.