CARTMEL NEWS

Boyzone live on stage after racing on Friday and two £40,000 races on the only Sunday meeting of the season are the stand out highlights of Cartmel’s late June meeting next week.

The opening day of the fixture on Friday, June 29th, is now firmly established in the Cartmel calendar for the mix of exciting racing in the afternoon, followed by a big-name pop concert in the evening.

Following in the footsteps of Simply Red, Jools Holland and Sir Tom Jones are Boyzone, who will be performing all their greatest hits well into the summer night.

Tickets are selling fast and anyone planning to go is advised to get their tickets as soon as possible. Booking on line at www.cartmel-racecourse.co.uk will save £10 on the cost of the ticket on the day.

There is a one-ticket fits all policy for this day, with a price which covers both the seven-race afternoon card and the evening concert and applies even for those racing fans not staying for the concert or the Boyzone fans only planning to come after racing.

The highlight on track for Friday’s card is the £10,000 Rijo42 Coffee Beginners Chase, the first time that Rijo42, the UK’s leading supplier of commercial coffee machines, have sponsored at Cartmel.

The second leg of the meeting is on Sunday, July 1 when the emphasis is very much on top quality racing.

The £40,000 Oakmere Homes Handicap Chase is the second big race to be backed by leading owner-breeder Gary Middlebrook through his building firm and is likely to attract a field of quality chasers.

Sharing top billing is the £40,000 Champagne Louis Roederer Handicap Hurdle, which is also the second race supported by Cartmel’s champagne partner this season.

In addition, Champagne Louis Roederer are also sponsoring this season’s Cartmel Trainers Challenge, the prize for which is a two-day trip for two to the Louis Roederer cellars in Champagne.

Middleham trainer Micky Hammond leads the way after the three-day Whit meeting with 12 points, four clear of the four-times winner Donald McCain with Peter Bowen a point back in third.