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New Season Brings Enhanced Facilities for Racegoers

A large number of small enhancements will welcome racegoers at Cartmel's first  racemeeting of the season on 24th, 26th and 28th May. In addition to a new PA system in the Paddock Enclosure, there is improved access to the Course Enclosure and a soft rubberised surface in the Parade Ring for the horses.

The improvements result from the racecourse's policy to invest in both the facilities at the racecourse and prize money for the races and will benefit customers in both public enclosures.

Hard surfaces surrounding the Grandstand have been refurbished and landscaped using materials from Burlington Stone, sponsors of the Grand Veterans Steeplechase on Bank Holiday Monday. A life-size steel sculpture of a stallion overlooks the Parade Ring. The equestrian sculpture is on loan from local artist Andrew Kay.

The Conservatory Restaurant, located adjacent to the finishing straight, is another new feature for diners in 2014. Racegoers can enjoy a buffet lunch and afternoon tea while keeping their table for the duration of the races. While customers are advised to pre-book, there is likely to be some availability for racegoers looking for somewhere to dine on the day. The package price of £80 per person includes admission and parking. Customers who have already paid for admission will be able to book for £60 per person.

More excellent food and beverages, including many local specialities, can be found in the Tented Village. Located just behind the Conservatory Restaurant, the Tented Village features an outdoor big screen, a large public bar, the Winster Valley Brewery Real Ale Bar, the Cartmel Brewery Real Ale Bar, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Morecambe Bay potted shrimps, seafood bar and pizzas.     

Paddock Enclosure patrons in the picnic area should immediately notice an improvement to the public address system for 2014. Meanwhile, the access drive to the Course Enclosure has been resurfaced and the junction with the Cark to Cartmel road improved.

 

 

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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.