Catterick Bridge

Catterick Bridge is a, small, dual purpose, racecourse in North Yorkshire, hosting both flat and jump racing throughout the year. The standard of racing tends to be moderate but it is no less enjoyable for it.

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Course Characteristics:

The racetrack effectively consists of two circular tracks, sharing the same home straight. The inner circuit is used for flat racing and is just over 1 mile 1 furlong in length whilst the outer track is used for jump racing. There is an extension to the home straight to allow straight 5 furlong races to be run on the flat. The course has tight bends and in undulating throughout. The track is left handed, meaning the horses race anti-clockwise. Catterick is one of the best tracks in the country for backing favourites in flat races, almost 40% of favourites win here but is one of the worse for favourites in jump races, with only 33% obliging.

The course favours front running types with short strides whose forte is speed rather than stamina.

The free draining nature of the course means the course is rarely heavy.

Draw Advantage: When the ground is testing high numbers have an advantage in 5f races, otherwise low numbers have an advantage over 5f.

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Admission (2013 prices):

Catterick operates a two enclosure policy. The main enclosure is £15 (OPS's and students £12) with the course enclosure a very reasonable £5.

Annual membership: Single £130, joint with spouse £220, joint with friend £230.

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Situated 14 miles south of Darlington, Catterick racecourse is adjacent to the A1 with relatively easy road access.

Parking is free and on grass. The car park is across the road from the racecourse entrance.

Ease of public transport access: Difficult (rail to Darlington then 50 min to 1 hour bus)

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Suitability for the first time racegoer: very good

Last Reviewed: February 2013

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Telephone: 01748 811478

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