Easter family fun a sure thing at Catterick Racecourse’s first fixture of the season

Catterick Racecourse

The first of Catterick’s 2017 flat season fixtures takes place on Wednesday April 12 – and it looks set to be a family affair.

The meeting marks the first of 17 flat fixtures in the calendar this season, and the seven race card will feature the first of the Catterick 12 Furlong Series Qualifiers, with a £10,000 prize fund.

In between the action on the track, the Catterick 2016 flat season champion owner, trainer and jockey will be presented with their prizes, sponsored by The Nags Head, Pickhill.

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Last seasons champion trainer Richard Fahey and jockey P J McDonald both finished the season with a clear lead, so their horses could be worth following this season.

Fiona Needham, general manager and clerk of the course, said: “Last year was an exciting one with Richard Fahey’s Queen Kindly going on to win Lowther Stakes at York and so we’re looking forward to seeing some quality horses again this season.”

Alongside the racing there promises to be lots to enjoy off the track.

There will be free children’s entertainment, including bouncy castles and a roundabout in the course enclosure, the opportunity to win a race sponsorship experience and some Easter-themed fun.

Younger race goers will need to keep their eyes peeled for some little Easter chicks hiding around the racecourse as the Easter Bunny has offered an egg shaped reward for any handed back into the racecourse office.

Emma Binnian, sales and marketing manager, said: “We’ve got lots of new theme days at Catterick this year, and it’s great to be able to start the flat season off in the school holidays when all the whole family can come and enjoy a day at the races.”

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