There is the promise of some very competitive fields for Friday’s meeting at Cartmel which is the first stage of a double-header which is completed by Boyzone appearing live on stage after racing.
The feature race is the Rijo Coffee Beginners Chase which has a strong entry including Gary Hamner’s Allbarnone, who scooped the £20,000 Oakmere Homes Handicap Hurdle on his latest visit to the track in May.
He has tackled the bigger obstacles before when he was trained by William Kinsey, putting up his best effort at Doncaster where he was a close second to Apterix in a three runner novice chase 15 months ago.
Lucinda Russell does well with her Cartmel runners and could provide the music fans with a topical tip if Boy’s On Tour takes his chance under topweight in the Cartmel Old Grammar Country House Handicap Chase.
Stephen Mulqueen is due to be on board, just as he was at Perth last week when Boy’s On Tour returned from a three months absence to make virtually all the running to win a similar race to this.
Rounding off the card on Friday is the annual Four Nations Challenge for amateur riders, which brings together some of the top amateurs in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Brian Ellison has a couple of options in Bal De Rio and Apterix and Ellie McCain will have the ride on whichever takes part, while her sister Abbie is likely to be on board Prince Khurram, who is trained by their father Donald.
Tickets are selling fast for Friday with a price that covers both the racing and the concert. There are no separate tickets for one or the other. Anyone planning to go is advised to book on line at www.cartmel-racecourse.co.uk as it will save £10 on the cost of the ticket on the day.
The late June meeting continue with the second stage on Sunday, July 1 with two £40,000 races as highlights, the Oakmere Homes Handicap Chase and the Champagne Louis Roederer Handicap Hurdle.