First stage of improvements completed at Catterick Racecourse

Catterick Racecourse will officially open its new main entrance and saddling boxes later this month.

The £1 million improvements have been designed by local, Richmond-based, architects Harris Irwin Associates (HIA).

The brief was to give a sense of arrival to racegoers and offer state of the art facilities for trainers to saddle their horses ahead of the races.

Katie Craggs, project architect for Harris Irwin Associates, said: “HIA have been delighted to be involved with the redevelopment at Catterick Racecourse.

“Having worked closely with the racecourse team over the past five years, we have assisted in delivering their vision for improving and upgrading the facilities.

“The scheme provides the racecourse with a landmark building, which will benefit racegoers and the wider racing community.”

Racegoers will be welcomed to the course through the new entrance on Friday, December 28 and treated to complimentary mulled wine and mince pies on arrival, while stocks last.

This is the first of a three-phase redevelopment plan.

The next phase of works is due to start immediately following the end of the national hunt season on March 6, when the racecourse will close in order to complete a scheme that will include an enlarged parade ring, incorporating a new winner’s enclosure, refurbished and modernised weighing room and jockeys facilities, as well as a new horsebox park.

The final phase of the £3.5 million investment plan will be a new, two-storey, trackside owners and trainers facility that is scheduled to be finished in early 2020.

John Sanderson, managing director at Catterick Racecourse, said: “When finally completed, these developments will provide an enhanced ‘Race Day Experience’ for owners, members of our race going public, trainers, jockeys and the other racing professionals who work at Catterick, without changing the character or atmosphere of this friendly dual-purpose racecourse.”

Catterick will re-open on Monday, June 17 for the start of our 2019 flat season, before hosting its first cocktails and casino race night on the evening of Monday, July 1.