Catterick

The course is located just off Catterick town in North Yorkshire County, North East England. It is a dual-race type course, often referred to as Catterick Bridge. It is owned by the Catterick Racecourse Limited.

History

The course has been existent since the mid-17thCentury, although official records only reveal racing stats starting 1783. It was not until 1813 that the current permanent course was built. Many refurbishment changes have been done to the course in the time of its existence, but there has always been a deliberate effort to maintain its original touch. As such, the present Grandstand still possesses some elements of the stand that occupied its place in 1906.

The course

Catterick is a left handed oval course, gently undulating over a length of slightly over a mile. It is modelled for both flat and jumping competitions. The jump races take the start and end of every year- when conditions are wintry- while flat racing occurs in the warmer months between April and October.

It has a gravel sub-soil under the grass, a factor that makes it a relatively stable surface.

Thee course does not have a formal dress code requirement.

Races

January’s Grand National is the headline event every year at Catterick, attracting most racegoers of all 25 fixtures that are run here annually.

The first batch of jump races starts with the New Years day race on January 1, and ends with the Hunt Staff Benefit Society Countryside Day in mid-March. Jumping returns again in November during the Start of The Jumps, and closes the year with the Go Racing in Yorkshire Winter Festival at the end of December. The flat races in between start with the Easter Race Day and end with The Halloween Race Day.

Catterick boasts being the debut track for eventual international flat-track champion horse Colier Hill, who ran his first competitive race at the ground in 2002.

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