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 catterickbridge.co.uk 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.




Do you have what it takes to run an organisation like Go Racing In Yorkshire (GRIY), one of British racing’s biggest success stories, promoting racing in the County?

With nine successful racecourses staging racing throughout the year and attracting over one million racegoers across some 180 race days, horse racing is an extremely important part of the region’s sporting, cultural and economic landscape.

If you think you have the right qualities, GRIY would like to hear from you as the organisation is seeking a dynamic and proactive new General Manager, who will report to the Chairman and work closely with each of the Yorkshire tracks, with a responsibility to devise, manage, develop and implement promotional campaigns, events, festivals and activities.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an ambitious, hard-working and committed professional, who will relish the challenge of playing a key role in this small but vitally important organisation to deliver continued success to horse racing in Yorkshire.

Responsibilities will include (but will not be limited to);

* developing, promoting and delivering the highly successful nine day GRIY Summer Festival in July

* to work in partnership with the racecourses to promote racing – flat and jumps – including Festival racedays, ladies days, themed racedays and other activites

* maintain and develop the GRIY website, digital and social media output

* to plan and deliver GRIY events throughout the year including media visits, awards lunch and promotional events

* promote the GRIY annual season ticket as a key benefit to race fans in the region

* lead in managing and developing relations with current and future sponsors

* lead in working with media to promote coverage of Yorkshire racing both regionally and nationally

* be an ambassador for Yorkshire racing both on-course, within the region and within the racing industry

Candidates will need to demonstrate a talent for promotion, marketing, event planning, working with stakeholders and a track record in delivering success. This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled, experienced and enthusiastic person, who will ideally have either a commercial or marketing background and who is able to be both a team player and to work on their own initiative.

The role could suit a level of working from home as well as at least two days a week at the GRIY office at Wetherby as well as time on each of the nine racecourses. Naturally, some weekend and Bank Holiday work will be part and parcel of this leisure industry role and this is recognised by an ability to work flexible hours and by a competitive rewards package.

If this sounds like you, then please contact Go Racing In Yorkshire chairman John Sexton by email at chairman@goracing.co.uk including a covering letter and full CV.


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!