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Catterick Bridge Racecourse

Published on: 03/09/2016

Thoroughbred horse racing venue Catterick Bridge Racecourse is located in North Yorkshire, England. The left-handed oval track layout covers just over one mile and is used for flat racing as well as jumps. The venue hosts 27 events annually and is one of North Yorkshire’s busiest courses. Important races such as Weatherby’s Bloodstock Insurance Handicap Chase and the Totepool Catterick Dash are hosted at the track.

It is generally accepted that horse racing has been taking place in the Catterick Bridge vicinity since the middle of the seventeenth-century. However, the first official record of a race meeting was made in 1783. A permanent race track was created in the grounds of an estate called Brough Hall in 1813. Today, Catterick Bridge Racecourse is favoured by the local owners, trainers and racing public and is thought of as one of North Yorkshires best tracks.

Over the years, Catterick Bridge Racecourse has undergone many improvements and alterations. For example, in 1906, the racecourse benefitted from the creation of a large viewing stand. Even today, the original framework of this antique stand blends in with the current modern Grandstand. The British thoroughbred racehorse, Collier Hill achieved his first ever win at Catterick Bridge Racecourse in 2002. The four-year old gelding was also victorious in the 2005 Irish St. Leger. The horse went on to win a total of 15 events, both in flat racing and steeplechase.

National Hunt Meetings 17 flat Catterick Racecourse is a very active venue where 27 events are organised every year with at least one meeting every month. The dual purpose track holds 17 Flats meetings and 10 National Hunt races.

The Catterick Sunday Market is hosted at the racecourse and is the biggest Sunday Market in the North of England. The market has more than 200 stalls and provides an array of entertainment such as live lunchtime music, street entertainers, hog roasts and various drinks and snacks. The annual Yorkshire Racing program begins the year with Catterick’s New Year’s Day meeting. The flat season runs from April through until October, while the last National Hunt event is held in December. Highlights include January’s North Yorkshire Grand National, The Richmond Conditions Stakes in April, Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival Day in July, August’s Family Days, and Ladies Evening and the popular Catterick Dash Day in October.

There are various tickets available in different categories such as the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure, Course Enclosure and Punters Package. Under 18’s can enter free of charge provided that they are accompanied by an adult.

There are plenty of bars and eateries on-site, as well as Tote betting facilities and trackside bookmakers. Although it is prohibited to bring your own alcohol onto the premises, picnics are allowed, as are dogs on leads in certain areas. The Catterick Bridge Racecourse dress code requirements are smart/casual.

Published on: 03/09/2016 © Bet Bind