Cocktails and Casino Night Set to Celebrate Refurbished Catterick Racecourse
One of the genuine homes of thoroughbred horse racing in the Yorkshire scene is set to celebrate its recent refurbishment with a themed cocktails and casino night. Horse racing has been taking place at Catterick since the mid-17th century, so it was great to hear that plans for the racecourse’s revamp had come to fruition. The £3.5 million redevelopment project, including a brand-new parade ring, winner’s enclosure and weighing room has been finished just in time for the UK flat racing season.
According to John Sanderson, managing director of Catterick Racecourse, the refurbishment will deliver an “enhanced raceday experience” for racegoers, as well as race horse owners, jockeys and trainers. Sanderson believes the redevelopment will not alter the “character or atmosphere of this friendly dual-purpose racecourse”. Few could argue against the tradition and heritage of Catterick Racecourse. The framework of its iconic grandstand, built in 1906, still remains today, but a host of refurbishments and alterations have allowed Catterick to fuse the old with the new.
To celebrate the latest iteration of the Racecourse, Catterick’s inaugural cocktails and casino race night is designed to attract men and women alike for a fun-filled night of racing, drinks and gaming. There are seven races scheduled for the race night, with the feature race set to be the KC Ethical British Caviar Handicap Stakes, which gives horses a chance to qualify for Catterick’s Twelve Furlong Series Final.
“Sophistication and style”
Once the final race is run at 9pm, the attentions will then turn towards the grandstand, which will feature three play money casino tables, with roulette, blackjack and wheel of fortune on offer. It’s somewhat of a surprise that bingo wasn’t considered an option, but given the growing popularity of bingo for mobile and the chance to win big prizes on Android and iOS devices, the racecourse has sensibly stuck with conventional casino games.
The evening will also feature a performance from Hartlepool-born singer-songwriter, Elena Larkin, who will sing on-stage throughout the night in between races. Aside from the live music, there will be a cocktail menu – yes, we knew you were waiting for this bit! – with all cocktails available fromthe grandstand’s cocktail bar and inside the paddock enclosure.
Emma Binnian, sales and marketing manager at Catterick Racecourse, believes this event will bring “sophistication and style” to “the races”. Binnian added that while Catterick was well-known throughout Yorkshire for its family-focused events throughout the calendar year, it was high time to “put on an evening for the grown-ups”. This event is also due to take place within the Racing Staff Week organised by Racing Welfare. As part of the celebrations, Catterick is providing a complimentary meal voucher to all stable staff working the event on 1st July.
Those planning on getting tickets to the event, which will cost £14.25 a head in advance, or £30 for the Prosecco Package, might wish to consider taking the free shuttle bus operated from nearby Richmond Market Place. The bus will run to the racecourse one hour prior to the first race and will return to Richmond shortly after the final race of the night.