Enjoy magical atmosphere of evening racing at Cartmel, urges champion trainer


EVERYONE should sample the magical atmosphere of evening racing at Cartmel Racecourse, a champion Cumbrian trainer has said.

James Moffatt, who trains from his Pitt Farm stables, is aiming a number of his horses for Cartmel’s bank holiday Whit meeting.

He described the atmosphere at the course as unique, adding the return of evening racing to the Cartmel calendar for the first time in five years – on Wednesday, May 29 – was superb news.

“I love it,” James said of Cartmel Racecourse.

“The Wednesday night fixture will have a great atmosphere. It will be relaxed and good fun.

“People go along to enjoy the racing which makes it really special.”

James has been crowned champion trainer at Cartmel Racecourse three times in his career – taking the title in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

His tally of wins as a rider and trainer at the course stands at 46.

But he hopes to make it a magnificent 50 this year with a number of his horses – including Golden Town, Lough Kent, Boruma and Morning Royalty – now poised to line up under starter’s orders on The Mail’s race night.

The Wednesday evening fixture will feature seven races in total with the first getting underway at 5pm.

James added: “I’m certainly aiming to make it 50 winners on course this year.

“The racegoers at Cartmel are very supportive, I always enjoy it.

“It’s a wonderful asset to the area and we’re looking forward to racing there this year.”

The Mail has teamed up with Cartmel Racecourse to launch the track’s first ever Ladies Night – with a competition to find the best dressed lady and gentleman of the evening.

The winners will each receive a fantastic prize worth more than £1,150.

Entry to the course costs from £5 per adult, with paddock-side entry just £10. Advanced tickets are available to book via the home page.