The 5 furlong races at Catterick are run from a shute around a slight left handed dog leg, and the stats suggest that being low is slightly favoured. But the bias isn’t massive. When the ground is soft then the low drawn bias is perhaps a bit larger.
6 furlong races are very interesting as they are run on the round course with the first furlong is steeply downhill and then quite steeply uphill to the bend. The nature of the track means that high drawn horses can’t go fast enough to get to the lead and so have to sit in behind or race wide (both major disadvantages). On good ground or better more than twice as many low drawn horses win as high. On soft, probably because they race up the stands rails, high numbers have a slight advantage.
Catterick is a very sharp downhill course and is a front runners dream, with the analysis indicating that it is very hard for hold up horses to win at Catterick. In terms of the individual distances, Catterick is very high up the table of racecourses where it is easiest to front run and win.
5 Furlongs – 2nd out of 31 courses
6 Furlongs – 3rd out of 28 courses
7 Furlongs – 5th out of 22 courses
“The dips and rolls at Catterick catch out plenty of horses and you often see hotpots from the south turned over because they can’t handle them. I’d compare the track to The Low Moor at Middleham and anything used to galloping on that should be alright. It’s certainly a big advantage for a jockey to be on one that can kick on from the home turn in the longer races, especially on fast ground, because it’s really hard to make up the leeway. Lots of Catterick races are lost early on by a lack of tactical pace”. – Jason Weaver
Trainers & Jockeys
Richard Fahey, Michael Bell, Keith Dalgleish, Brian Ellison, John Quinn and Mark Johnston.
Paul Mulrennan, Jack Garrity, P J McDonald, Jason Hart and Daniel Tudhope.
Bath is the only racecourse not to have watering facilities and therefore the going can get very fast, with a going description of firm not unusual. The run-in is uphill all the way and tends to suit galloping rather than the sharp type of horse.