Catterick to stage Countryside Day meet

The final meeting of Catterick Racecourse’s 2018/19 National Hunt season will take place on Countryside Day.

The gates will be open to the public on March 6 from 12.20pm, with the first race due to take place at 2.20pm and the last race at 5.20pm.

Seven races are scheduled on the day, including The Support Jack Berry House Novice’s Hunter’s Steeple Chase, open to amateur riders, scheduled for 4.50pm.

In addition, ahead of the racing action, racegoers can enjoy a fashion show, presented by local country store Millbry Hill, which will showcase a selection of Cheltenham Festival outfits and styles. The show will take place at the winner’s enclosure at approximately 1.45pm.

Emma Binnian, sales and marketing manager, said: “It’s fantastic to have Millbry Hill joining us to showcase some of their favourite Cheltenham Festival styles on Countryside Day.

“Although Catterick’s jump season will be coming to an end, the racing world is gearing up for one of its biggest meetings of the season and the fashion stakes are always high.”

Catterick’s champion owner, trainer and jockey for the 2018/19 jumps season will be presented with their prizes in between races on the day.

The champion owner and trainer series has been sponsored by the Black Bull Inn again this year, and each will receive a voucher for a three-course meal at the pub.

The champion jockey series has been sponsored by Millbry Hill Country Store who, in addition to having given each winning jockey throughout the season a £20 voucher, will present the champion jockey with a voucher for a pair of Fairfax & Favor shoes of their choice.

As with all of Catterick’s fixtures accompanied under 18’s are admitted free of charge, and a big screen will be at the course on the day to give racegoers the best views of all the action.

A free shuttle bus will bring racegoers from Richmond Market Place to the racecourse approximately and hour before the first race and will return after the last race.

Following the Countryside Day meet, Catterick Racecourse will close to allow time for redevelopment works to take place to the parade ring and weighing room.

The course will then re-open for the start of the 2019 flat season on Monday 17 June with a newly enlarged parade ring, incorporating a new Winner’s Enclosure, and a fully refurbished Weighing Room providing state of the art facilities and jockey’s warm-up area.