Owners & Trainers Information - Cartmel Racecourse

Owners & Trainers Information

When You Own A Horse Running At Cartmel…

We know that every day your horse runs it will be a special day for you. Not every owner can stand in the Winners’ Enclosure on each raceday, but we still hope that you will really enjoy your visit to Cartmel.

We are working through all of the different regulations and guidelines for racing and will update this page for 2021 as soon as we can.

Owners & Trainers Bar

The Owners and Trainers bar is situated just north of the Parade ring – offering you a direct view of the Parade Ring and your horses. The bar also has a view of the large screen opposite the Parade Ring.

We shall be offering all Owners & Trainers a free lunch – served as a buffet in the Owners & Trainers Bar. Please note that tickets for lunch must be obtained in person by the appropriate individual from the Owners & Trainers Ticket Hut on entry to the racecourse and will be limited to six per owner (irrespective of the number of runners) and two per trainer. Additional lunch tickets may be purchased at the cost price of £18 per person, subject to availability.

Lunch tickets must be picked up by the individual or lead-syndicate /partnership member named in the race programme – please bring your PASS card for identification. Tickets are not transferable unless expressly requested, by the owner, by telephone on the day before racing.


Owners & Trainers parking is provided on the outside of the racecourse in Car Park 2 – located to the north of the Paddock Enclosure and approximately 60m from the Owners and Trainers Bar. This parking area provides plenty of space for owners and a shorter distance to walk to the Parade Ring – as well as easier access / exit. Vehicles will not have to wait for the gaps between races in order to leave as the car park is on the outside of the track. Owners and Trainers are  still welcome to picnic next to their vehicles – which can be parked adjacent to the running rail, subject to available space.

Access & General Directions

Most racegoers approach the racecourse by car from junction 36 of the M6 and the A590. The Owners & Trainers parking area is located north of the Paddock Enclosure and is signposted with temporary, yellow, event signage from High Newton. Please look out for signs to the ‘Paddock’. We also arrange a bus service between the racecourse and Cark train station (costs £4 return) before and after racing for those travelling by rail. Helicopters can be landed if notice is given in advance.

In order to access the Owners and Trainers Car Park, follow the same route as normal (as directed by the yellow event signage) until the end of Greenbank Lane, just opposite the racecourse, where you will be directed to the right – towards your parking area.

Badge Allocation


NEW for 2020 – we will be operating using the PASS system.

We offer all owners six admission badges per runner. If one syndicate owns two runners, they will therefore be allocated twelve badges and eighteen badges for three runners, etc. Please note that these badges are for your guests and should not be transferred for cash. Syndicates and Clubs may purchase additional admission badges for joint-owners at half price from the Owners & Trainers Entrance. All badges are allocated at the Owners & Trainers Office, which is located adjacent to the track in Car Park 2. Badge holders will be required to scan their tickets on entry to (or exit from) the racecourse during racing.

Trainers and jockeys are admitted to the racecourse for work purposes (with or without runners) and we appreciate that they may wish to employ a driver or bring a family member – to whom we’d be pleased to allocate a Paddock Enclosure admission badge. Please note however, that these badges are not intended to be transferable. To assist with the scanning process at the racecourse exits and entrances, we’d be grateful if all metal badge holders (including racehorse trainers, BHA badge holders and RCA badges holders) could obtain a day-pass at the Owners and Trainers hut for scanning purposes.

Restaurant Offer


The Owners & Trainers Bar does not have enough seats to guarantee every person a seat at the same time – it is therefore not possible to reserve space in this facility. However, if you would like to reserve a table for the day, we currently have a limited amount of space in the Ilex at Cartmel Restaurant – located in the main hospitality marquee. The Ilex Restaurant package includes an excellent buffet lunch and afternoon tea – plus you will be able to keep your table for the full duration of racing, providing a useful base for the day. The package price (normally £100.00) will be £60.00 for Owners & Trainers.

Five Day Entries & Overnight Declarations

Five Day Entries & Overnight Declarations for Cartmel meetings are available via the Racing Post website. Entries are available from lunchtime, 5 days prior to the meeting and declarations are available from lunchtime the day before. To access this information, click here to the Racing Post which will open up the Racing Post website. Once on the site, select Future Racing from the list on the left and select Cartmel. Please note you will have to complete a simple registration form on the Racing Post site to view this information.

When you visit the site:

  • select Cards from the list on the left of the page
  • select Cartmel from the list of meetings on the right of the page (A list of races at the selected meeting will be displayed)
  • select a race and click on it (For the next days meetings, a list of runners will be displayed. For subsequent meetings, 5 day entries will be displayed)

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