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.


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.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
Advance Going
Good-good to firm in places
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Last Update: 17/07/2019 17:00x

Upcoming races
14:00 Hadwins Motor Group Mares' Novices' Hurdle
2m 1f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: See The Sea 7/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: D McCain Jnr
  • Owner: The Shinton Family 1
14:35 PSR Marquees Handicap Hurdle
2m 1f | Class 2 | 3YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: Wells De Lune 14/1
  • Jockey: James Bowen Trainer: P Bowen
  • Owner: The Smith Swinburne Partnership
15:05 Cumbria Grand Hotel At Grange Handicap Chase
3m 1½f | Class 4 | 5YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: The Jam Man 4/6 Fav
  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman Trainer: Ronan McNally
  • Owner: Ronan M P McNally
15:40 Furness Fish & Game Handicap Chase
2m 1½f | Class 4 | 5YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Flints Legacy 4/1
  • Jockey: C O'Farrell Trainer: N J Hawke
  • Owner: Flints Legacy Partnership
16:15 Oakmere Homes Handicap Chase
2m 5f | Class 2 | 5YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Lofgren 8/1
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: D McCain Jnr
  • Owner: Exors Of The Late Mrs C P Lees-jones
16:50 Racing Staff Week Handicap Hurdle
2m 6f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Dr Robin 20/1
  • Jockey: James Bowen Trainer: P Bowen
  • Owner: Mrs Karen Bowen
17:25 L Wood Holiday Home Insurance Handicap Hurdle
3m 1½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Morning Royalty 8/1
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: James Moffatt
  • Owner: Mrs Eileen M Milligan

Address & Contact

Cartmel Racecourse
LA11 6QF
01539 536340

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