A thoroughbred racing venue situated in Richmond, North Yorkshire, Catterick Bridge hosts regular flat, jump and national hunt races throughout the year. The Catterick Bridge racecourse is popular for its character and countryside location and the range of amenities which have been developed in recent years.
Catterick Bridge racecourse opened to the public in 1783 with the first recorded race taking place on April 22nd that year, but it wasn’t until 1813 that a permanent course was built on the site.
Over the next century, racing at Catterick Bridge increased in popularity and in 1906 the first stand was built at the racecourse to accommodate the growing number of racing enthusiasts brought to Catterick by newly developed railway links. In 1923 the Catterick’s Racecourse Company was formed to help the course grow and develop, its work evidenced in 2004 when the company raised £600,000 to redevelop the stable yard. Today much of Catterick’s original framework is still in place but the course also hosts a range of modern facilities, including five hospitality suites, a champagne bar and a children’s play area. Catterick Bridge has hosted a number of significant races over the course of its racing history, most recently in 2002 when it was the site of the first ever win by international flat racing champion Collier Hill.
Catterick Bridge is one of the few racecourses in the country to hold a meeting every month of the year (weather permitting) and is the busiest racecourse in North Yorkshire. Catterick hosts 27 jump, flat and hunt races a year with three tracks to accommodate each type of race. The flat race track is a left handed, sharp, undulating oval which covers a distance of 1 mile 180 yards, ending with a 3 furlong run-in. Similarly, the hunt course is also a left handed, sharp, undulating oval but is slightly shorter covering a distance of 1 mile 1 furlong and finishing with a 240 yard run-in. The jump track is not quite as sharp as the flat or hunt tracks but the fences are placed relatively close together and like the other tracks it is best suited to handy horses.
New Years Day Meeting: The racing year at Catterick begins with the popular New Years Day Meeting which features two handicap races and a two mile chase for novices.
North Yorkshire Grand National: With prize money of £10,000 the North Yorkshire Grand National is a high value handicap chase covering a distance of 1 mile 6 furlongs.
Catterick Sunday Market: Held at the racecourse every Sunday, the Catterick Sunday Market is the biggest market in North Yorkshire. Open from 9 am – 4 pm the market has 250 traders selling a range of food and other products.
For information about races or for general enquiries visit Catterick Bridge’s official website or contact:
The Catterick Racecourse Co Ltd, Catterick Bridge, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 7PE
Tel: 01748 881 478
Fax: 01748 881 082
‘Grandstand Paddock Enclosure”’
- Price Adult: £12 Group (parties of 6 or more) £12 Child: free
- Amenities Dining room, self service restaurant, main bar, champagne bar, betting shop, credit club.
- Stand Two-tiered grandstand and roof-top terrace, panoramic view of racecourse
- Dress Code Smart casual
- Extras Access to all areas (including parade ring and winners enclosure)
- Price: £3.50 (normal race days) Child: free
- Amenities: Refreshment outlets, children’s play area, betting stand
- Stand Central stand with good view of racecourse
- Dress Code: None
- Extras Special attractions for children during summer races
Designed for parties wanting the full race experience, the punters package costs £21 per person inclusive of entry into the Grandstand Paddock Enclosure, refreshment voucher, drinks voucher (to the value of £3), racecard and £2 betting voucher.
Catterick Bridge is easily accessed by road or public transport.
By Road: Leave the A1 at Catterick Village (approximately 5 miles south of Scotch Corner) The racecourse is situated on the edge of the village and is well signposted from the A1.
By Public Transport: The nearest train station to Catterick Bridge is Darlington (approximately 15 miles from the racecourse) To catch a bus from Darlington, exit the train station from the back entrance and walk down Victoria Road to the United Bus Station. From the bus station buses travel to Catterick Bridge stopping directly outside the racecourse. For more information about bus number and times contact the bus station on 08706 082 608.