Catterick Racecourse will reopen in June following major re-development work.
The £600,000 improvements include an enlarged parade ring to incorporate the winners’ enclosure, giving spectators a better view when making their selections before the race, and assessing the winners afterwards.
Jockeys will benefit from a modernised, extended weighing room, complete with warm-up area and space to relax. A new horse box park has also been created.
The improvements have been designed by Richmond-based architects Harris Irwin Associates [HIA].
Fiona Needham, general manager and clerk of the course, said the course had a reputation for its friendly welcome and charming blend of the old and the new.
She added that the framework of the old 1906 stand remained, but the latest improvements showed that Catterick was not resting on its laurels.
“The improvements are really taking shape and we’re well on target to have them completed in time for our first meeting in June.
“It represents a significant investment in facilities and is a real vote of confidence in the future.”
Katie Craggs, project architect for Harris Irwin Associates, said: “HIA have been delighted to be part of the team to help deliver the next stage of the redevelopment works at Catterick Racecourse.
“The Weighing Room and Parade Room are an integral part of racing with the arrangement and organisation of spaces paramount to a successful day.”
The work is phase two of a three-stage development programme at Catterick, following on from phase one which included a new entrance and saddling boxes that opened in December 2018.
The final phase of the development includes a new two-storey trackside owners and trainers facility which will be completed in early 2020.
The total cost of the three-phase development is £3.5 million.
The opening meeting on Monday, June 17 marks the first of 15 flat fixtures at Catterick this season where under 18’s race free with accompanying adults at all our fixtures.
The racecourse also offers discounted admission for all military personnel.
To celebrate the opening of the new facilities, racegoers will have the opportunity to win a visit into the new parade ring by entering the race card competition on the day.
The winners will judge the best turned out horse in the new parade ring ahead of the race and present a memento to the winning connections on the new winner’s enclosure podium immediately after the race.
The first of seven races on Monday, June 17 is scheduled for 2.15pm and the gates will be open from 12.15pm onwards.
The feature race on the day is the Every Race Live on Racing TV Handicap Stakes at 3.45pm, with £11,600 prize money up for grabs.