North Yorkshire Grand National to be held this week at Catterick Racecourse

The North Yorkshire Grand National will take place at Catterick Racecourse this week.

The prestigious National Hunt Race will be held on Thursday.

The race which is three miles, six furlongs and 24 jumping obstacles long has once again been sponsored by Middleton St George-based bookmakers, Vickers Bet.

Emma Stevenson, general commercial manager, said: “We’re delighted to have local bookmakers Vickers Bet sponsoring the North Yorkshire Grand National again this year.

“It’s a race we always look forward to and one of the highlights of Catterick’s National Hunt season.”

This race brings leading UK trainers from all over the country to Catterick including last years winner, Welsh-based Evan Williams and 2020’s victor, local trainer Phil Kirkby.

However, Yorkshire-based Sue Smith is the one to favour this year after successfully training four North Yorkshire Grand National winners over the last seven years.

Catterick is one of only three Yorkshire courses that have both flat and National Hunt racing, with 17 Flat fixtures and 10 National Hunt races scheduled for 2023.

Racegoers will receive a seven-race card on the day with the gates due to open at 10.30am and the first race to start at 12.30pm.

There is a complimentary shuttle bus organised from Richmond Market Place at 11.30am and due to arrive back in Richmond after the last race at 3.55pm.

And as further incentive, the winter season discount scheme is in place from January 2 untill March 31 resulting in reduced ticket prices, further reduced if booking online or over the phone up to 48 hours before the event, for everyone to enjoy what the racecourse has to offer.

This will be the first of the North Yorkshire Grand Nationals with James Sanderson and Emma Stevenson in their roles as Catterick’s chief executive and general commercial manager respectively.

Emma takes over the reins from Fiona Needham who’s still associating with the course in her role as clerk after 15 years as general manager.