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Wednesday, January 2, 2002


Catterick's season over Jumps continues with a seven-race programme on Wednesday (9 January), when racing is scheduled to begin at 12.50 p.m.

The feature races are The Ilkley Handicap Chase (extended three miles, one furlong), The Leeds Handicap Hurdle (two miles, three furlongs) and The W.L. and Hector Christie Memorial Trophy - a Novices' Handicap Chase over two miles.

The latter race, won last year by Charter Royal, is held in memory of William Christie and his son, Hector. William Christie passed away in 1962 at the age of 103; educated at Eton and Oxford, his family were landowners in Wensleydale. In the Victorian era, he was an amateur rider, who rode winners in six different countries!

Known as ‘The Squire of Jervaulx Abbey', William Christie owned racehorses until he was 100 years old, and he served as a Steward at Catterick. His son Hector, trained Fortina (owned by Lord Grimthorpe) to win the 1947 Cheltenham Gold Cup.


Wetherby's opening meeting of 2002 - the first of 16 scheduled days' racing at the ‘A1' course during the year - takes place on Thursday (10 January), when racing is due to start at 1.10 p.m.

The principal race is The Tote Exacta Steeplechase (a Showcase Handicap over three miles, one furlong), with prize money of £15,000. This race is sure to attract several quality steeplechasers, including some which took part in The Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at the course's Christmas Meeting.

The Rocom Handicap Hurdle over two miles and The Harry Wharton Novices' Chase (three miles, one furlong) held in memory of a former Wetherby-based trainer, are also featured, while Thursday's concluding race is a qualifying contest in this season's European Breeders Fund Novices' Hurdle Series (extended two and a half miles), in which the first four horses will be eligible to compete in the Final of the Series at Sandown Park in March.

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