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... (Read More)
The 2018 Apprentices Series races supported by White Rose Saddlery
24 March – Doncaster
19 April – Ripon
2 May – Pontefract
5 May – Wetherby
26 June – Beverley
22 July – Redcar
3rd August – Thirsk
9 Sept – York
20 October – Catterick
Final – Doncaster 10 November
FUTURE STARS COMP
Sebastian Woods and Paula Muir both missed an opportunity to take the lead in this year’s Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Series when they both finished out of the points scoring positions in the penultimate round at Catterick.
With overall leader Kieran Schofield not in the race, there was an an opening for both his nearest rivals in the chase for the title, but Woods on the 9-4 favourite Betancourt finished a disappointing eighth and Muir was two places further back on the 14-1 chance Fillydelphia.
Victory went to Darragh Keenan on the John Ryan-trained Queen Adelaide, a win which registered his first win in the competition and took him to fifth place overall following a fifth place in the round at Redcar.
He is too far behind Schofield to catch him and it will be a three-way battle for the crown, which carries a prize worth over £2,000 and is run in conjunction with the White Rose Saddlery of Malton when the final round is held at Doncaster on November 10.
Only a win would guarantee Kieran Schofield the prize otherwise he would rely on Woods not winning the race. Seb Woods could win by finishing first or second depending on where Schofield finishes, while Paula Muir needs to win and rely on Schofield being out of the first five and Woods being no better than third.
It should be an intriguing finale.
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<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