Catterick Racecourse’s 2018 Flat season gets underway with an Easter Family Day on Wednesday 4 April. This meeting marks the first of 18 Flat fixtures at Catterick this season, and the seven race card will see the first of the 2018 Catterick Twelve Furlong Series Qualifiers, with an £11,600 prize fund. Emma Binnian, Sales & Marketing Manager said: “We’re looking forward to an exciting season with some new race day themes, including our first ever Beer Festival! The Easter Family Day is the first of three family day fixtures at the course this summer and we’re looking forward to welcoming the next generation of racing fans to the course.” Alongside the action on the track there will be loads of Easter themed fun and free entertainment for families to enjoy including bouncy c... (Read More)
The 2018 Apprentices Series races
Dates coming soon
Final – Doncaster 10 November
Apprentice Callum Rodriguez, who is attached to trainer Michael Dods’ yard at Darlington, produced another tremendous ride to win the Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars competition in the final round at Doncaster.
Although this was the first time Rodriguez had led the table, he was certainly a very worthy winner as he has ridden in only four of the 10 rounds and yet has been on the winner three times – a record for the competition.
After failing to score a point in the opening round at Doncaster last March, Rodriguez moved into contention when he won the round at Pontefract in early May on the James Given-trained Oriental Relation.
He had to wait until the eighth round at York in September before doubling his score with another maximum following a win with a win on Dark Intention for trainer Lawrence Mullaney.
That left him 11 point adrift of leader Connor Murtagh going into the final round, meaning that only a win would do and even that would not be enough if Murtagh finished second
Rodriguez kept his side of the bargain on the 9-1 shot What’s The Story for trainer Keith Dalgleish, producing his mount with a perfectly timed run to his the front two furlongs out and go clear for an easy two-and-a-half lengths win.
Murtagh, meanwhile, riding another 9-1 chance Lady In Question for Richard Fahey, came to have every chance three furlongs out, but after switching to get a run was never able to pick up enough to get into the argument and fourth place meant an agonising near miss for his young rider.
ROLL OF HONOUR
2013 – Gary Mahon
(attached to Tim Easterby)
2014 – Megan Carberry
(attached to Brian Ellison)
2015 – Josh Doyle (attached to David OMeara)
2016 Rowan Scott
2017 Callum Rodregiz (attached to Michael Dodds