A busy Flat season is coming to a climax at Catterick Races with the richest race day of the season, The William Hill Catterick Dash on Saturday 20 October, where there’ll be over £90,000 pizemoney on offer throughout the afternoon.
The first of seven races is scheduled to take place at 1:50pm with gates opening to the public two hours prior at 11:50am. The feature race of the afternoon – and Catterick’s richest race of the season – The William Hill Catterick Dash Handicap will take place at 3:30pm. The minimum distance five furlong sprint should attract plenty of good sprinters and has a total of £35,000 prize money up for grabs.
Fiona Needham, General Manager and Clerk of the Course said: “The Catterick Dash meeting is our feature race day, with top quality racing action on show. Last year’s Catterick Dash winner, Storm Over, is entered again this year and so we’re excited to see if he can reclaim the title or if we’ll have a new name to add to the roll of honour!”
The final race on the card, scheduled for 5:10pm is the penultimate round of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Series – now in it’s seventh year. The series final will take place at Doncaster Racecourse three weeks later. It looks set to be an exciting end to this year’s series with just 17 points between the top three riders. Fifth place in the most recent round at York Races took the leader, Keiran Schofield, to total of 53 points, making him the one to beat coming into the final two rounds.
Alongside all the action on the track, the course will also be showing live coverage from Champions Day at Ascot on the big screen and TV’s around the course.
The William Hill Catterick Dash meeting is the penultimate fixture on the 2018 Flat season calendar for Catterick, with final meeting taking place on Tuesday 30 October.
At The Flat Finale, on 30 October, presentations will be made to the course’s Champion Trainer, Owner and Jockey for the season. The Trainer and Owner Series has been kindly sponsored by The Fleece Hotel in Richmond, and each will win dinner, bed and breakfast for two people. Tim Easterby is leading the trainer series currently, with Richard Fahey close behind, while Weldspec Glasgow Ltd. presently hold the top spot in the Owners series.
The Champion Jockey series has been generously sponsored by Millbry Hill Country Store this season, and alongside the £20 vouchers which they have given to each winning jockey, the store has teamed up with Fairfax & Favor to present the Champion Jockey with an item of their choice from the Fairfax & Favor range at Millbry Hill. Paul Hanagan leads the jockeys championship currently but with just 7 points separating the top three jockeys it’s all still to play for!
Under 18’s are admitted free of charge, when accompanied by an adult, to all of Catterick Racecourse’s fixtures and on race days, a free shuttle bus will leave from Richmond Market Place approximately an hour before the first race to bring racegoers to the course.