Catterick: not as far advanced as Newcastle with all-weather ambitionsPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Catterick reveals plans
to race on all-weather
LESS than a week after plans were revealed to replace the turf Flat course at Newcastle with an all-weather track, Catterick emerged on Thursday as another candidate to host racing on an artificial surface in the north.
Although plans are not as advanced as they are at Newcastle, where Arena Racing Company hopes a planning application would be lodged by January 31 with racing on the new surface due to start possibly as early as 2015, Catterick have been formulating their plans for nearly two years.
Like Newcastle, the management at Catterick would replace the turf Flat course with an all-weather surface and retain jumps racing. And, like Newcastle, the course would be floodlit.
John Sanderson, chief executive of International Racecourse Management which runs Catterick, said: "We started out on this road about two years ago because we feel it is a good business opportunity and it probably ticks a few boxes for the industry in that it provides an economical all-weather option in the north of England.
"The racecourse is extremely close to the A1 and fairly accessible and pretty close to the Malton and Middleham training centres.
"As far as we are concerned it is do-able and viable. Our plan would be to replace the turf Flat course with a floodlit all-weather course and we would retain jumping."
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