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Barbecue stars bid to represent Britain in USA

The horses won’t be the only ones bidding for top prizes when Cartmel stages its richest ever race meeting later this month.

With the July meeting traditionally Cartmel’s summer barbecue fixture, some of Britain’s top exponents of this form of cooking will be in action with a prize of representing the nation at an international Barbecue Competition in the United States on the line.

“Some of the best Pit teams are taking part in the ‘Frenchs Pit Master series’ to discover which team will head to the Jack Daniels Invitational at Lynchburg, Tennessee in October to represent the UK” said Toby Shea, director of the International BBQ Network.

The International BBQ Network is staging two days of competitions to coincide with the races at Cartmel on Saturday, July 21 and Monday, July 23.

“The Pit Master is the big one and teams will be working through the night on Sunday ready to hand in their dishes to the judges on the Monday.

“But we shall also be running two fast-paced and fun grilling competitions in which contestants get 45 minutes to create a dish from mystery ingredients on a gas barbecue. All you need do is bring yourself as our sponsors provide everything else” Shea added.

And with barbecues a family affair, there will also be competitions for the youngsters with juniors (aged seven to 12) and teens (13-17) having their own competitions.

In addition, for the less competitive racegoers who still enjoy a barbecue at Cartmel, the racecourse is again putting up a special prize for the ‘best-presented barbecue’ at the two-day fixture.

The racing on July 21 gets under way at 2.25pm and the seven race card will be the richest ever staged at Cartmel with £80,000 in prize money with the feature race the £28,000 added Totepool.com Cumbria Crystal Hurdle the most valuable race ever run at the track.

Monday July 23 is Betfair Barbecue Day and with £45,000 in prize money for the seven races and is the second richest day ever. The first race is due off at 2.15pm

 

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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.