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Saturday's Abandonment

Racegoers who attended Saturday's meeting are being offered a half price ticket for another raceday this season. Please read on for further information.

It was very disappointing to abandon racing after four races on Saturday 27th May. The thunder storm dropped more than an inch of rain in less than an hour. The vehicle crossing points became waterlogged and unsafe for racing.  
We were very grateful for the patience displayed by racegoers, especially during the period immediately after the abandonment, while we removed the vehicle crossing material to enable a safe exit. The whole team at Cartmel would like to thank you for your fortitude in difficult conditions and good humour.    
Many racegoers continued to party long after the abandonment was announced, seemingly unaffected by the lack racing. But we really like our racing - so we very much hope that those that were here will return to witness some sunnier action on another date. 
Customers who booked advance admission tickets for Saturday’s meeting, will have already received an e-mail from us regarding a half price offer. We'd like to extend the same opportunity (to come to another race-day this season at half price) to racegoers who purchased tickets on the day too. 
To redeem this offer, please send your ticket from Saturday's meeting to the racecourse office, together with your name, address and telephone number and/or e-mail address. We will respond by issuing you with a voucher for half price admission on another day. If you already know which day you'd like to come to the races, please tell us when you return your ticket(s) from Saturday's meeting. We can call you to arrange the half price ticket(s).
The offer is valid for racing on:  
Sunday 2nd July, Oakmere Homes Sunday Funday.
Saturday 22nd July, Totepool Cumbria Crystal Cup Day
Monday 24th July, McClures BBQ Raceday
Saturday 26th August, Totepool Cartmel Cup Day
Monday 28th August, Ladbrokes Coral Bank Holiday Races
Sadly, due to the contractual arrangement with our music-partners on Friday 30th June, this offer will not apply to the Tom Jones Race-day.
A few terms & conditions:
·         The maximum number of tickets that may be booked through this offer is the same as the number of tickets booked for 27th May.
·         The offer applies only to raceday admission tickets and does not include hospitality packages, party tents, camping or vouchers for other services.
·         The offer is only for racing in 2017 and is therefore available for tickets for events until 28th August, 2017. 
If you have any comments or questions for us, please e-mail us at info@cartmel-racecourse.co.uk . We’ll do our best to respond when the May race-meeting has been concluded.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Top trainer Skelton targets big race double

Dan Skelton, who has made a flying start to the campaign with more than 40 winners on the board already, is targeting a big race double with two of his early-season stars on the opening day of Cartmel’s Barbecue Meeting tomorrow.

Skelton’s 41 winners so far is 17 more than the Jonjo O’Neill, who is currently in second place for winners and more than the double the early season tally of his former boss, the champion trainer Paul Nicholls.

Four of those wins have been clocked up by Petrou, who is unbeaten since joining Skelton from Ben Case. The seven-year-old will attempt to complete the five timer in Cartmel’s most valuable race of the year, the £27,000 guaranteed Totescoop6 Cumbria Crystal Cup Handicap Hurdle.

“Petrou is on a roll and is hopefully not done with yet, he will have a tougher task as is mark has gone up 21lbs since he won on his debut for me at Stratford two months ago, but I am hopeful for tomorrow.” said Skelton.

To help protect his mark, Petrou switched to fences last time after three straight handicap wins over hurdles and he took that in his stride with a game defeat of River Of Intrigue at Uttoxeter.

The talented Bridget Andrews takes the ride on Petrou as she will on the front-running Ravens Hill, who has won two of his three races since joining Skelton in March and who goes in the Banks Lyon Jewellers Lady Riders Handicap Hurdle.

The only handicap hurdle in the country restricted to lady jockeys, the race not only carries £10,000 in added prize money, but for the winning rider the bonus of a stunning piece of diamond jewellery worth in excess of £5,000.

“Ravens Hill got off the mark for me at Sedgefield and followed up at Uttoxeter, I am not sure how he will handle the ground but he should be competitive” said Skelton.

The seven-race card gets underway with the Cartmel Lodge Park Novices Hurdle at 1.55pm.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cartmel geared up for big day of the season

Cartmel is geared up for one of its major days of the season on Saturday when the most valuable race run at the racecourse, the £27,000 Totescoop6 Cumbria Crystal Cup Handicap Hurdle will take centre-stage.

 

Now in its sixth season, the race has quickly become established as one of the most competitive races in the Cartmel calendar as evidenced by the fact that it was only last year, when Eshtiaal won for Irish trainer Gordon Elliott, that a favourite obliged.

 

Saturday is the opening day of the traditional Barbecue Meeting, which continues on Monday, July 24 and as well as the big race features the only handicap hurdle in the country restricted to lady jockeys.

 

The Banks Lyon Jewellers Lady Riders Handicap Hurdle not only carries £10,000 in added prize money, but for the winning rider the bonus of a stunning piece of diamond jewellery worth in excess of £5,000.

 

With the Champagne Louis Roederer Handicap Chase, which is a qualifier for the Northern Lights Middle Distance Chase Series and the latest round of the Hadwins Motor Group Mares Hurdle Series which carries a £1,000 bonus prize for the winning stable, Saturday’s meeting is action packed.

 

The seven-race card gets underway with the Cartmel Lodge Park Novices Hurdle at 1.55pm.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Four-Nations Challenge Amateur Riders Handicap Hurdle, Sunday 2nd July.

The purpose of this race is to promote competition and fraternity between amateur jockeys from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Trainers with runners in this race are therefore encouraged to put up an amateur jockey from their home-nation - so a Welsh Trainer should (as a preference) put up a Welsh jockey, a Scottish trainer a Scottish jockey, an English trainer and English jockey and an Irish trainer and Irish Jockey.