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Peter Bowen hits the mark in Cartmel feature

Peter Bowen, who drew a blank at Cartmel on Saturday, made up for it in style when Lamboro Lad made the most of a polished Jamie Moore ride to take the featured Betfair Boosts Prize Money at Cartmel Handicap Chase today.

As the runners headed down by the woodside with two to jump, Olympian Boy must have been trading at odds on with the betting exchange as he seemed to be cantering all over his rivals with Paul Moloney not moving a muscle on board.

But after cruising to the front jumping the last, the recent Newton Abbot winner quickly ran out of steam on the long run in and Moore’s persistence on Lamboro Lad carried him into the lead and away for a comfortable 14 lengths success. Olympian Boy finished the same distance ahead of the third horse Iona Days.

Lucy Alexander, the most exciting female jump jockey for a long time, produced another tip-top performance in the saddle to bring home 20-1 shot Pete in the Betfair Sponsors The Stable Staff Canteen Handicap Chase.

Not many riders get the better of Jason Maguire in a tight finish, but just when it seemed he would complete a quick double with Saturday’s Cartmel winner Red Kingdom, Pete came through to snatch it by half-a-length.

Trainer Barry Murtagh was full of praise for his jockey saying: “Pete has ability, but is a very frustrating horse and doesn’t always do himself justice, but Lucy has given him a peach of a ride here. That was a great riding performance”.

The win means Lucy Alexander is now a close second behind Jason Maguire in this year’s Cartmel Jockeys’ Challenge.

The disappointment of having victory snatched away for Red Kingdom’s trainer Dianne Sayer did not last long as the Penrith handler was quickly on the mark with Solis in the Burlington Stone Handicap Hurdle.

Although there were doubts about the gelding’s ability to see out the 2m6f trip, jockey Ryan Mania convinced owner Dennis Coppola to run and the decision was fully justified with an easy victory by 13 lengths from Dundock.

Alan Lamont has had lots of winners all over the country, but the Scotsman, who now lives in Leicester had never had a runner at Cartmel before Nodforms Violet won the Betfair Don’t Settle For Less Beginners Chase.

“When I lived in Edinburgh, I used to spend every bank holiday at Cartmel. I would travel down, stay at Grange-over-Sands and come racing here and I always said I would love to have a runner here. It’s a fantastic place and I am delighted that my first runner is a winner” he said.


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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.