Catterick Racecourse Guide

Welcome to our official guide to Catterick Racecourse. In this section we explore this Yorkshire racecourse in detail, looking at its history, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!

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Overview of Catterick Bridge Racecourse

Catterick Bridge Racecourse, as Yorkshire natives refer to this venue, is a fascinating amalgamation of traditional and modern. Located in North Yorkshire, the always-bustling Catterick offers meets in every month of the year. Both flat and National Hunt races are run –  are depending on the season and time of year.

Catterick is the busiest racecourse in Yorkshire thanks to a year-round program. Under 18s are invited to attend racedays for free, and the venue offers a wide range of themed race meets throughout the year.

The first thing you’ll notice at Catterick is the respect for tradition. The main grandstand has retained the same framework and structure since 1906. This doesn’t make the venue old and rickety, though. Essential improvements and modernisations have been made to ensure safety and comfort. You’ll just be able to take a glimpse into the venue’s past.

Catterick has a shorter track than some, stretching to a little over one mile and nine furlongs. The track is flat and well-maintained, but it does have some sharp bends. This means that experienced horses and jockeys tend to flourish more than novices, who are often caught out by unexpected twists. This applies to both flat and National Hunt races. If placing a bet, it’s advisable to look out for past winners and regular riders at the course.

Catterick is a very relaxed racecourse, with less focus on pomp and ceremony than some may expect. This is reflected in the dress code. Smart casual is the official policy, though it’s unlikely that you’ll be questioned as long as you are not clad in anything potentially offensive.

This leads some equestrian devotees to sniff at Catterick as, “unglamorous”, though it is also referred to as, “the friendly racecourse.” Overall, Catterick Bridge offers a great day out for families and casual race attendees.

History of Catterick Bridge

Horse racing and Yorkshire have long been bedfellows. Catterick hosted events in the mid-17th Century in an unofficial capacity, with the first sanctioned meet taking place in 1783. A permanent track was laid down in 1813, and the course has been a mainstay of the Yorkshire racing scene since.

The grandstand of the venue was built in 1906, and as discussed, the framework still exists – with all necessary improvements in the intervening years.

Interest in the venue steadily grew in the early 20th Century, and by the early 1920s it was a staple of the area. This led to the formation of the Catterick Racecourse Company, who still manage the venue to this day.

Improvements continue to be made at Catterick, and while the events it hosts lack the prestige of some competing venues, it has made a contribution to racing history. Perhaps the most notable is the emergence of Collier Hill, a horse that went on to win the Hong Kong Vase, Irish St. Leger and Canadian International Stakes – all after first making his mark with victory at Catterick.

Main Races, Fixtures and Meetings at The Racecourse

Catterick Bridge is one of the busiest courses in the country and is certainly at the heart of Yorkshire horse racing. Open all year around, the venue hosts 17 flat race meets a year, alongside 10 National Hunt events.

A typical fixture list for Catterick will entail:

  • January – Four National Hunt race meets (including the North Yorkshire Grand National)
  • February – Two National Hunt race meets
  • March – One National Hunt race meet
  • April – Two flat race meets
  • May – Three flat race meets (one of which takes place during the evening)
  • June One flat race meet
  • July Three flat race meets
  • August – Three flat race meets (two Family Days and Ladies Day)
  • September – Two flat race meets
  • October – Three flat race meets (including The Catterick Dish, the most prestigious race of the track, and The Flat Finale)
  • November – One National Hunt race meet
  • December – Two National Hunt race meets (both festive-themed)

As always, be sure to investigate that a racing event is going ahead before making arrangements and check an official fixture list released by the racecourse directly. All race meets are subject to change due to a wide array of external circumstances.

Racecourse Map

Catterick Racecourse Map
Courtesy of At The Races

The flat course is left handed and sharp in nature. It is oval and measure 9 furlong around. There is a straight 5 furlong course and the final 3 furlongs on all races are downhill. Course form is more significant here than many other racecourses, and many horses having their first experience of the track take time to adapt, to the undulations.

Catterick Jumps Track

The jumps course is similar to the flat one and is left handed and sharp with undulations. The fences are easy.

Catterick Racecourse Address

The official correspondence address of is:

Catterick Bridge
North Yorkshire
DL10 7PE

How to Get To Catterick Races

  • By road – private transport is the easiest way to get to Catterick Racecourse, if this is an option for you. The venue is located just off the A1. Exit the A1 at Junction 52, regardless of whether travelling from North or South, and follow the brown signposts that populate the roads.
  • By train – if using public transport, the best rail station is Darlington – Catterick no longer has its own railway station. Darlington is about 15 miles from the racecourse, so take a bus into the market town of Richmond upon arrival. Once you get to Richmond, you can take a free shuttle from the town centre to the racecourse.

Hotels Near Catterick Racecourse

Booking accommodation to attend Catterick can be something of a balancing act. On the downside, you’re unlikely to find anything within walking distance of the track. Some degree of travel is unavoidable. To temper this, however, are numerous reasonably-priced options – in addition to a couple of luxury selections if you’re keen to push the boat out. Budget chains Travelodge and Premier Inn both have a presence within three miles of the racecourse. If you’re prepared to spend a little bigger, The Frenchgate and The King’s Head are luxurious standalone options in neighbouring Richmond. There are also a range of local B&Bs with varying levels of availability.

Further afield, investigate Darlington. There is a sizable Holiday Inn on the A1 here, bordering Yorkshire and Durham. You’ll have to make more effort to get to Catterick from here though, so aim closer if you can. It’s always worth checking out for update availability and great rates:

Other Events Held at the Course

Catterick Racecourse can be hired for private functions throughout the year, with the obvious exception of racedays. The venue welcomes booking requests and frequently doubles up as a party reception venue or corporate retreat.

One note of caution – do not venture to the racetrack on a Sunday looking for some retail therapy. For years, Catterick Racecourse hosted the biggest Sunday market in the North of England. This has now been discontinued, despite advertisements continuing to run online.

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Best Catterick Races Betting Sites

At British Racecourses we often recommend betting online and via apps when going to the races. This is because you can often get the best odds, great offers when signing up and you can place bets quickly and safely.

If you are looking to bet online we recommend the following great deals for new customers:

Catterick Racecourse Fixtures

The current Catterick race meetings for 2021 are:

  • Fri Jun 4 2021 – Afternoon – Flat
  • Wed Jul 7 2021 – Afternoon – Flat
  • Wed Jul 14 2021 – Afternoon – Flat
  • Wed Jul 21 2021 – Afternoon – Flat
  • Tue Aug 3 2021 – Afternoon – Flat
  • Mon Aug 16 2021 – Afternoon – Flat
  • Wed Aug 25 2021 – Afternoon – Flat
  • Tue Sep 7 2021 – Afternoon – Flat
  • Sat Sep 18 2021 – Afternoon – Flat
  • Wed Sep 29 2021 – Afternoon – Flat
  • Sat Oct 16 2021 – Afternoon – Flat
  • Tue Oct 26 2021 – Afternoon – Flat
  • Fri Nov 19 2021 – Afternoon – Jump
  • Tue Dec 14 2021 – Afternoon – Jump
  • Tue Dec 28 2021 – Afternoon – Jump

Catterick Bridge Weather Forecast

Punters and race-goers love to keep up with the weather to predict going conditions, as well as making sure what they wear is suitable. Here’s the current weather forecast for Catterick:

Summary of Catterick Races

A charming, old racecourse Catterick offers a packed calendar of both jumps and flat racing throughout the year. It is a unique left handed track which is well attended by locals and also those from further afield. It feels both traditional yet modern, has great customer service, competitive racing and is very relaxed. If you are looking to enjoy an afternoon racing with friends and family, look no further, Catterick is a fantastic option.

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