Catterick Bridge Racecourse Guide

Guide to Catterick Bridge Racecourse

Catterick Bridge Racecourse is found in beautiful North Yorkshire.

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About Catterick Bridge Races

National Hunt

Temporary Beginnings

Racing started at Catterick in 1783, although a permanent course was not built until 1813 and the first grandstand was only added in 1906. The framework of that original grandstand is still evident, interspersed with many improvements, to create a friendly mix of old and new.

Sheep Snow Ploughs

During bad weather in 1819, a Catterick landlord and farmer Mr Ferguson – a 33/1 winner of the Doncaster St Leger with Antonio – ensured racing was able to go ahead by sending his flock of sheep around the course to melt the snow.

The Catterick Racecourse Company

In 1923, the Catterick Racecourse Company was formed to deal with the increasing attendances – it still exists today and in 2004 raised £600,000 for a new stableyard.

Collier Hill

In 2002 Collier Hill won his first race here – he went on to win the Irish St Leger, Canadian International Stakes and Hong Kong Vase.

New Developments and the Dales Stand
The opening of the new Owners & Trainers stand named the Dales Stand marks the completion of the third and final phase of a three-year, £3.5 million development project undertaken by Catterick Racecourse. The first phase, including a new entrance, offices, horse box park and saddling boxes, opened in December 2018. Phase two opened in June 2019 and comprised of an enlarged parade ring, incorporating a new winners’ enclosure, and a refurbished and extended weighing room, including a new warm-up area for jockeys.
The final phase, the Dales Stand, designed by Northumberland-based Elliott Architects, draws on the history of horse racing and the buildings of the region, providing a subtle but distinctive addition to the racecourse. The stand was opened by Rishi Sunak, MP for Richmond (Yorkshire), on Friday 23rd April 2021. 
Photo credit: Hannah Ali
Largest Sunday Market in the North

The Catterick Sunday Market, held on the racecourse grounds, is the largest Sunday Market in the North of England.

Important Races/Festivals

April – Grand National Festival

December – Grand Sefton Handicap Chase; Becher Chase


The Racecourse,
 Catterick Bridge,
 North Yorkshire
 DL10 7PE.

  • Road: Leave the A1 at Catterick Village (approximately 5 miles south of Scotch Corner).
  • Rail: The nearest station is Darlington, about 15 miles away. Buses and taxis run from there to the racecourse.
  • Website:
  • Telephone: 01748 811478.

The Catterick Bridge Directory - Local Services

Travelling to Catterick Bridge Races? Want to know where to stay, where to eat, where to get your hair and nails done? How about where the best pubs are and the name of a reliable taxi? We can help. Check back frequently – this section is updated on a regular basis. 

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