Catterick Racecourse reopens on Monday 17th June, following extensive redevelopment works. The North Yorkshire course has a well-earned reputation for its friendly welcome and charming blend of old and new.
Over the years, Catterick has prided itself on retaining a traditional feel while pressing ahead with alterations. The framework of the old 1906 stand remains evident but the latest improvements show that Catterick doesn’t rest on its laurels.
When flat racing returns in June, racing professionals and punters alike will see a big difference. The £600,000 investment includes an enlarged parade ring (which will incorporate a new winner’s enclosure), a modernised and extended weighing room, and a new horsebox park.
Jockeys will benefit from the modernised, extended weighing room, complete with warm-up area and space to relax. The parade ring at the popular dual-purpose track has been enlarged to incorporate the winner’s enclosure, giving spectators a better view when making their selections before the race, and assessing the winners afterwards.
Bringing the winner’s enclosure into the parade ring and dispensing with a fenced-off walkway through the public area has also enhanced public safety and generally made it easier for racegoers to circulate.
‘The improvements are really taking shape and we’re well on target to have them completed in time for our first meeting in June,’ says Fiona Needham, General Manager and Clerk of the Course. ‘It represents a significant investment in facilities and is a real vote of confidence in the future.’
These works are phase two of a three-stage development programme at Catterick, following on from phase one which included a new entrance and saddling boxes (which opened in December 2018).
The total cost of the three-phase development is £3.5 million. The final phase of the development includes a new two-storey trackside Owners & Trainers facility, which will be completed in early 2020.