Catterick is a left-handed track with sharp tight bends and the course is oval in shape. The course is around nine furlongs in length with about a three furlong run in from the final bend to the winning post. The course is listed as a grade four track, meaning it usually holds low on quality races.
This course is considered a speed track that suits the quick nippy horse who is able to negotiate the turns more easily. Prominent runners can fair well here, especially over the minimum distance of five furlongs and when the ground is riding fast.
The draw can also be all important with low numbers usually being ideal in sprint races. It’s worth bearing in mind, that when the rain arrives and changes the going description to soft then it is not uncommon to see horses come over to the stand side in search for better racing ground and the draw becomes either negated to a certain extent or in reverse where high numbers can benefit.
Not too many trainers specialise in getting a consistent amount of winners at this venue but there are a few trainers that could be considered a bit under the radar from a betting perspective and as a consequence, their runners can go off at reasonable odds as the results below demonstrate, but once again in specified conditions.
D Carroll; any horse aged between 3-5 contesting a 3YO+ Handicap.
Bets: 56 Wins: 7 strike rate: 12.50 % P/L +80.75 (SP)
R Carr; any horse aged between 5-9 contesting a 3YO+ Handicap.
Bets: 62 Wins: 15 strike rate: 24.19 % P/L +65.25 (SP)
K Reveley; any horse aged between 4-6 contesting a 3YO+ Handicap.
Bets: 22 Wins: 9 strike rate: 40.91 % P/L +67.75 (SP)
B Ellison; any horse aged between 4-7 contesting a 4YO+ Handicap.
Bets: 62 Wins: 15 strike rate: 25.86 % P/L +48.63 (SP)
These trainers have a knack of getting their older horses to perform better than what the betting market expects at this track and because they mainly train exposed types, ie; horses that are not lightly raced does mean it’s not rare to see their runners go off at decent odds.