As the Flat racing season draws to a close, Catterick Races is gearing up for the highlight of its season: The Catterick Dash on Saturday 19 October. The meeting is Catterick’s richest race day, with almost £100,000 prize money on offer.
The gates will be open to the public from 11.40am, with the first of seven races taking place at 1.40pm. The feature race of the afternoon, The William Hill Catterick Dash Handicap Stakes is scheduled for 3.25pm and offers a prize pot of £35,000. The minimum distance five-furlong sprint is sure to attract a field of good sprinters looking to claim this year’s title.
Fiona Needham, General Manager and Clerk of the Course said: “Following completion of our redevelopment works in June, we’ve had a busy summer with fantastic racing and excellent feedback on the new facilities. We’re looking forward to welcoming racegoers to the highlight of our season on Saturday 19 October.
“The William Hill Catterick Dash is always a thrilling race and we can’t wait to see whose name will be added to the role of honour this year!”
The final race on the card, scheduled for 5.00pm, is the penultimate round of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Series.
Defending champion Kieran Schofield, despite having been side-lined through injury, currently leads the competition by three points from Harry Russell with Toby Eley back in third, but with plenty of points still up for grabs, any of the young riders could be crowned champion at the Doncaster final on 9 November.
Alongside 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.
As with all of Catterick’s fixtures, accompanied under 18’s are admitted free of charge and the free shuttle bus will leave Richmond Market Place approximately 1 hour prior to the first race to bring racegoers to the course.
Tickets will be available to purchase at the gates on the day, while advanced and group booking discounts are available at www.catterickbridge.co.uk.
The Catterick Dash meeting is the penultimate fixture on the 2019 Flat season calendar for Catterick, with the final meeting taking place on Tuesday 29 October.
Presentations will be made to the Champion Owner, Trainer and Jockey at the Flat Finale. This year’s Champion Owner Series has been tight, while Danny Tudhope currently has a 6-win lead over second placed Jason Hart in the Champion Jockey Series, sponsored by Millbry Hill Country Store. David O’Meara currently leads the Champion Trainer Series, just 2 wins ahead of Tim Easterby.