2017 Trainers Challenge - Cartmel Racecourse

Previous Winners

2016  James Moffatt

2015  James Moffatt

2014  Donald McCain

2013  Donald McCain

2012  Donald McCain

2011  Donald McCain

2017 Trainers Challenge

Moffatt adds to his advantage


James Moffatt took another major prize when back-to-form Altruism made all the running to win the £27,000 Totepool Cumbria Crystal Cup Handicap Hurdle on Saturday and cement his further his lead in the race for the Cartmel Trainers Challenge in 2017.

The Cartmel-based trainer, who is bidding to win the Andrea Robinson Memorial Trophy for a third year in the row, has taken a firm grip on the competition and having saddled Lough Kent to finish second in the Banks Lyon Jewllers Lady Riders Handicap Hurdle now leads by 14 points.

Chasing Moffatt is four-times champion Donald McCain, who made early inroads when the battling What Happens Now kept pulling out all the stops to beat Whispering Affair in the Cartmel Lodge Park Novices Hurdle, but that was as good as it got.

His only other runner on the day, Midnight Walk, could not get into the argument in the Hadwins Motor Group Mares Handicap Hurdle won by A Touch Of Sparkle, who was completing a double on the day for Northern Ireland trainer Stewart Crawford.

It was a good day for Crawford, who saddled the BBQ Shop At Hayes Garden World Handicap Chase winner Don Franco to follow Whispering Affair’s second and a third place for Apache Jack in the Champagne Louis Rosederer Handicap Chase.

Crawford’s nine points doubled his tally for the season to date and left him a clear third ahead of Kenneth Slack, who moved into double figures when Beeno gave him a Silver Wedding present a day early, ridden by his niece Emma Sayer in the Banks Lyon Jewellers Lady Riders’ Handicap Hurdle.

The full table after five rounds is:-


Trainer Pts
James Moffatt 34
Donald McCain 20
Stuart Crawford 18
Kenneth Slack 10
Sue Smith 9
Dianne Sayer 8
Martin Todhunter 8
Mickey Hammond 7
Jonjo O'Neill 7
Tim Easterby 6
Sam England 6
Noel C Kelly 6
Brian Ellison 5
Andrew Nicholls 5
Peter WInks 5
Iain Jardine 4
Peter Atkinson 3
Peter Bowen 3
Jennie Candlish 3
Paul Collins 3
Richard Ford 3
Chris Grant 3
Alan Hill 3
Henry Hogarth 3
Jo Hughes 3
R Mike Smith 3
Mark Walford 3
Susan Corbett 2
Henry Daly 2
Lucinda Egerton 2
Tom Gretton 2
Richard Hobson 2
Graeme McPherson 2
Neil Mulholland 2
Fergal O'Brien 2
Pauline Robson 2
Mike Sowersby 2
Nigel Twiston Davies 2
Gillian Boanas 1
Barbara Butterworth 1
Thomas Coyle 1
John Dawson 1
David Dennis 1
Tom George 1
John Joseph Hanlon 1
Philip Hobbs 1
Malcolm Jefferson 1
Philip Kirby 1
David Loughnane 1
Michael Mullineaux 1
Lucinda Russell 1
Jeff Sadik 1
Aaron Stronge 1
Gemma Walton 1
Simon West 1