New Dales Stand at Catterick opened by Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak, MP for Richmond (Yorkshire), opened the new Owners & Trainers stand at Catterick Bridge Racecourse on Friday 23rd April 2021.

The new facility has been named the Dales Stand to acknowledge both the Dales’ connection to the racing industry and the racecourse’s proximity to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, which has recently been named the ‘Best National Park in Europe’ by TripAdvisor (January 2021).
 
The two-storey Dales Stand features the Swaledale Room on the ground floor where owners can relax with trackside views of the course and enjoy a drink at the bar. The first floor is home to the Wensleydale Room, a restaurant which offers panoramic views of the whole course.
 
Rishi Sunak welcomed the improvements. He said: “The developments at Catterick in recent years have been very impressive and the new Dales Stand is an outstanding final addition to the course, bringing it up to the very highest standards now expected by modern racegoers, owners and trainers.
 
“The team involved in designing, building and bringing the project to fruition have done a tremendous job.”
The opening of the Dales Stand marks the completion of the third and final phase of a three-year, £3.5 million development project undertaken by Catterick Bridge Racecourse.
 
The first phase, including a new entrance, offices, horsebox park and saddling boxes, opened in December 2018. Phase two opened in June 2019 and comprised 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 horseracing and the buildings of the region, providing a subtle but distinctive addition to the racecourse.
 
Managing Director John Sanderson said: “It was fantastic to welcome Catterick’s Member of Parliament, Rishi Sunak, to open our new Owners and Trainers Stand. He is a great supporter of horseracing.
 
“The opening of the Dales Stand coincides with the return of a greater number of owners to the racecourse and we are now also looking forward to welcoming a limited number of racegoers back to our fixtures after the 17th May.”
 
Catterick’s first meeting with spectators is due to be Friday (evening) 21st May. Tickets for this meeting as well as Saturday 29th May and Friday 4th June are now available for sale.
 
All tickets should be booked in advance via: www.catterickbridge.co.uk
 
Photos taken by Hannah Ali. Pictured in the main photo top, from Left to Right: James Sanderson (Director), John Sanderson (Managing Director), Rishi Sunak, Valerie Worthington (Chairman), Greville Worthington (Director) and Fiona Needham (General Manager).

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