Catterick Bridge Racecourse is a well supported track based in North Yorkshire. It hosts both flat racing throughout the summer and National Hunt racing in the winter. As with most Yorkshire courses, Catterick races is popular with local trainers who tend to succeed there. The North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase held in January is the feature event. Plans are in place to add an all-weather track for the summer and re-develop the layout of the National Hunt course.
Catterick Betting Tips
The course is a sharp, left-handed oval track of just over a mile in distance. Front runners are often the order of the day over the jumps as horses struggle to come from behind. The going is usually better than at most venues, resulting in a preference for a quick horse over a long striding type.
Tactical affairs are often seen on the flat in the summer, with many wanting to kick for home off the final bend on the usually quick ground. This leads to a severe lack of pace early on. It lends itself to speedier types who prefer to sit in behind due to the tight bends, undulations and the 3 furlong downhill run in. Due to its nature, first time visitors can take time to get accustomed to the track. It is often previous course winners who have an advantage. This is something that is at the forefront of our thoughts when selecting our Catterick tips.
Catterick Draw Bias
Over 5 furlongs there is a slight bias towards the low drawn runners which is increased when the ground turns softer. The bias at 6 furlongs is much more prominent, especially when the ground is on the quicker side with nearly twice as many winners drawn low. There doesn’t, however, seem to be much advantage in races of 7 furlongs and further.
Catterick Betting Trends
Richard Fahey is the trainer to follow on the flat. He leads all of the key stats over the last 3 years, including the most prize money at over £110,000 and the most number of wins. His record here is certainly impressive; 26 wins (21% strike rate) and places (61% win and place strike rate) in the last 3 seasons. Also on the flat, David Allan who returns a profit of +£13.41 to the pound on his 107 rides.
Before he finished in the training ranks, John Ferguson’s record in hurdles at Catterick races was immense, with 7 winners and 2 places from his 9 runners. Of the current crop, Donald McCain has impressive win rates over both hurdles (24.32%) and fences (31.25%). There are also honourable mentions for local trainers Micky Hammond, Malcolm Jefferson and Brian Ellison.
Former champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy loved this course. He boasted 9 winners and 3 places from his 14 rides here since 2013. Conditional jockey Joe Colliver has enjoyed success here for the aforementioned Micky Hammond. He has a 28.57% strike rate over fences and shows an +£11 profit per pound from his 14 rides. Danny Cook also has an exceptional strike rate, with 7 wins and 8 places from just 18 rides in the last three seasons, so his rides are well worth closer inspection.
Catterick Feature Races
- North Yorkshire Grand National (Handicap) (3m 6f)
- Catterick Twelve Furlong Series Final (Handicap) (1m 3f 214y)
- Catterick Dash Handicap (5f)