Catterick hosts racing all year round, with both flat and jumps racing taking place on the course. They host a couple of nice races under each code annually, which provide the course with some highlights to look forward to, and elsewhere you can always count on the racing being competitive.
The course is very tight and form on the course will always count as a plus when you are looking through the runners, this counts for both flat and jumps racing, but especially the jumps. When it comes to the jump racing that takes place, the sharp tight bends of the course make it interesting, and novices will be tested in the jumping department. However, being sharp, it doesn’t pose a huge stamina test, so doubtful stayers should be fine around here.
You won’t find many Southern raiders up here, but generally the racing is very competitive to watch.
The course tests jumping ability throughout the winter. Catterick is a good test when it comes to jumping both hurdles and fences. The track is tight with sharp turns and undulations, meaning there is always something else for the horse to think about, other than jumping which can lead to a tricky time for those who aren’t foot perfect.
The flat course has the same undulations as the jumps course, making it tricky for newcomers having their first visit to a racecourse. Course form is nice to have in the horses you are choosing, but general racecourse experience will help two year olds against their inexperienced rivals.
Races of Note on the Calendar
The North Yorkshire Grand National
The highlight of the jumps calendar at Catterick is the North Yorkshire Grand National. This race takes place in January, and usually attracts a good field of Northern staying chasers. While legitimate Grand National contenders may not come from it, it does take a good one to win this.
The Catterick Dash
As the name implies, this is a fast and furious five furlong sprint on the flat course at Catterick. It is the highlight of the flat season there, and takes place towards the end of October. The race often attracts horses that have been running in the top flat handicaps all season, making it a very competitive affair.