Cartmel Course Guide

Cartmel hosts racing throughout the summer months with the majority of its meetings taking place over bank holiday weekends. The showpiece race of the season is the three mile and six furlong Grand Veterans’ Chase, which is staged on the second May Bank Holiday each year.

Situated in the south of the Lake District, Cartmel is unashamedly a holiday track and the relaxed atmosphere adds to its character. As a consequence the course remains extremely popular with racegoers regularly attracting crowds in excess of 10,000 spectators.

Jumps Racing

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Left handed, tight. Only six fences to a circuit places little emphasis on jumping, though they are fairly stiff for a minor course and result in a disproportionate number of unseats to falls, particularly over the last few fences which come in quick succession as the field are quickening. Run-in of half a mile from the last fence is longest in the country and, unsurprisingly, the lead changes hands from the last more than would normally be expected, be it due to idling or tiring after being sent for home too soon.

Cartmel is not a place you should be going to if you don’t like the smell of barbecues! It’s amazing how many times on the way round you get a flash of something cooking in your nostrils and that, above all else, is my defining memory of riding there. Being as it’s such a tight track, you need a horse that travels, because they go very quick, and if your mount is under pressure early at Cartmel, it can be a long, long way round. That said, the obstacles - both the hurdles and fences - are very fair.

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Upcoming Races


14:10 Mail Picnic Day Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 6f 31y)
Yellow, purple star, purple sleeves, yellow stars, purple cap, yellow star (The Oakwood Nobels)
  • Winner: Allfredandnobell
  • Jockey: Miss Becky Smith
  • Trainer: Micky Hammond
  • Owner: The Oakwood Nobels

14:40 Hadwins Motor Group Mares' Selling Handicap Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 6f 31y)
Light blue, purple chevron, light blue and yellow chevrons on sleeves (Mrs Dianne Sayer)
  • Winner: Honeychile Ryder
  • Jockey: Sean Quinlan
  • Trainer: Mrs Dianne Sayer
  • Owner: Mrs Dianne Sayer

15:10 Champagne Louis Roederer Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 1f 61y)
Emerald green, yellow seams, dark blue sleeves, yellow seams, hooped cap (Ancrum ,cfs, Carruthers, Palmer)
  • Winner: Civil Unrest
  • Jockey: Steven Fox
  • Trainer: J P L Ewart
  • Owner: Ancrum ,cfs, Carruthers, Palmer

15:40 Milner Boardman Partnership Beginners' Chase

(Class 4) (2m 5f 34y)
Royal blue and grey (quartered), grey sleeves, orange cap (Mr R Pattison & Mr R Kent)
  • Winner: Raise A Spark
  • Jockey: B Hughes
  • Trainer: D McCain Jnr
  • Owner: Mr R Pattison & Mr R Kent

16:10 Bidfood Open Hunters' Chase

(Class 5) (3m 1f 107y)
Dark blue and white stripes, red sleeves, white armlets, red cap (Toby Hunt & Alan Hill)
  • Winner: Man Of Steel
  • Jockey: Mr D Peters
  • Trainer: Alan Hill
  • Owner: Toby Hunt & Alan Hill

16:40 Furness Fish & Game Handicap Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 1f 46y)

17:15 John Smiths Extra Smooth Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 1f 46y)
Red, large yellow spots (Mr A Slack)
  • Winner: Tonto's Spirit
  • Jockey: Robert Hogg
  • Trainer: Kenneth Slack
  • Owner: Mr A Slack

Address & Contact

Cartmel Racecourse
LA11 6QF
01539 536340

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