Catterick Racecourse to hold extra fixture after equine flu outbreak

Catterick Races will host an additional national hunt fixture next Friday, 22 February and racegoers can enjoy free entry into all enclosures.

This fixture is one of six additional fixtures announced by the British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) scheduled to take place between February 20 and 28 following the loss of six days of racing due to equine influenza.

Catterick Racecourse will open its gates to the public from 11.20am with the first race of six races scheduled for 1.20pm.

There will be free entry into both the course enclosure and grandstand and paddock enclosure.

Racegoers do not need to book or register in advance and are invited to simply arrive at the course on the day,

Fiona Needham, general manager and clerk of the course, said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer this additional fixture following the loss of our last three meetings due to frost and the equine influenza outbreak.

“We’re keen to get back racing and I’m sure that our racegoers are too, so it seemed like a great opportunity to offer a complimentary race day to thank our supporters for their understanding over this last month.”

Bars and restaurants will be open as usual, except for the course enclosure bar which will be closed at this meeting.

As with all Catterick’s fixtures, there will be a big screen at the course on the day giving racegoers the best views of the action and the free shuttle bus will bring racegoers from Richmond Market Place to the racecourse approximately one hour prior to the first race.