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.
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).