Details announced of festive racing schedule at Catterick Racecourse

2023 Vickers.Bet North Yorkshire Grand National Winner – BUSHYPARK, ridden by Tommy Dowson and trained by Philip Kirby. Credit: Hannah Ali.

Festive racing will take place at Catterick Racecourse on December 28 and New Year’s Day.

The New Year’s Day meeting is the first fixture of the 2024 Yorkshire racing calendar and is one of the feature race days at the North Yorkshire track.

A six-race card is scheduled, with the first race at 12.45pm and the last race at 3.39pm.

The gates will be open to the public from 10.45am.

Emma Stevenson, general commercial manager, said: “We’re delighted to continue the tradition of New Year’s Day racing this year – it’s the perfect way to start the year and clear the head after the revelries of the night before.”

In addition to the racing action, racegoers will also have the chance to win a pair of grandstand and paddock admission tickets to a meeting of their choice in 2024 by entering the prize draw on Raceday Ready – the official racecourse app.

The New Year’s Day fixture marks the first of 27 fixtures at Catterick Racecourse in 2024, including ten national hunt and 17 flat fixtures.

Following the action on January 1, Catterick’s national hunt season continues on Thursday, January 11 with its longest and most prestigious race – the North Yorkshire Grand National, which has been sponsored by local bookmaker Vickers Bet again in 2024.

Last year’s race was won by the locally-trained BUSHYPARK, ridden by Tommy Dowson.

As a result of this performance Philip Kirby, based at East Appleton, also landed the jump training performance of the season at the recent Go Racing in Yorkshire Annual Awards, sponsored by the Tote.

There have been some changes to the calendar in 2024, most notably the Pennine Brewing Beer Festival moving from September to Saturday 8 June.

While two new fixtures have been added to the calendar, on Tuesday (evening) 30 April and Tuesday 18 June, when the racecourse will show all the action from Royal Ascot on the big screens and TV’s around the course, alongside the live racing action on the track.

Tickets will be available will be available to purchase at the gates at each meeting, while advanced booking discounts are available up until 48 hours prior to each race day, either online at catterickbridge.co.uk or by calling the racecourse office on 01748 811478.

While there is a slight increase in prices for 2024, from New Year’s Day onwards, the racecourse will reintroduce a concessions ticket for racegoers aged 65 and over, students and military personnel. Additionally, throughout 2024 all racegoers will be offered a complimentary racecard on arrival. The racecard, or programme, contains details of all the runners and riders on the day, and need to know information for an enjoyable day at the races.

Under 18’s are admitted free of charge and there is a complimentary shuttle bus service from Richmond Market Place, leaving approximately one hour prior to the first race each day.