A BUMPER crowd enjoyed a day of sunshine and exhilarating racing as the July meeting got under way at Cartmel Racecourse.
The first day of the enduringly popular Barbecue Meeting saw the prestigious Cumbria Crystal Cup won in style by 5-1 shot Mr Clarkson.
And the £15,000 Banks Lyon Jewellers Lady Riders Handicap Hurdle Race, the most valuable race of its kind in Britain, was won by Beeno. Jockey Lilly Pinchin was presented with a £5,000 diamond and sapphire pendant necklace by the race sponsors.
Racing returned to Cartmel on Monday with thousands of racegoers enjoying fine weather and temperatures of 20 degrees.
Interim racecourse manager, Jonathan Garratt, said of Saturday’s opening fixture: “Following a wet start to the day, the sun came out and it was fantastic to see so many people enjoying themselves throughout the enclosures and the racecourse’s various hospitality suites.
“There were some exciting finishes and a really popular double for Penrith trainer Dianne Sayer.”
Saturday’s race day was sponsored by 32West, Cartmel Racecourse’s PR and marketing partner.
Almost 13,000 people flooded through the gates of the south Cumbria attraction as it opened for the day.
James Higgins is a director of 32West. He said: “We were absolutely delighted to sponsor the first race day of the July meeting and had a wonderful time entertaining our guests in the Louis Roederer restaurant.
“I can think of no better place to spend a day with clients; the food was fantastic, the service exemplary and the setting was wonderful.”
There are two race days left in the Cartmel calendar; during the August Holiday Meeting, which spans the bank holiday weekend. They are on Saturday, August 24, and bank holiday Monday, August 26.
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