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
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Upcoming races
12:15 Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Juvenile Hurdle
GBB Race
2m 1f | Class 4 | 3YO only | 8 ran
  • Winner: Naizagai 2/1 Fav
  • Jockey: Max Kendrick Trainer: F O'Brien
  • Owner: Mrs Carolyn Kendrick
12:50 St Mary's Hospice Novices' Hurdle
GBB Race
2m 1f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Finisk River 10/11 Fav
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: D McCain Jnr
  • Owner: Mr Les Buckley
13:25 Hadwins Motor Group Novices' Handicap Chase
3m 1½f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 12 ran
  • Winner: Speedy Cargo 5/1 J2Fav
  • Jockey: Harry Bannister Trainer: W Greatrex
  • Owner: N W A Bannister & M J R Bannister
14:00 Cavendish Arms Cartmel Handicap Chase
2m 1½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Sword Of Fate 20/1
  • Jockey: D R Fox Trainer: L Kerr
  • Owner: Mr A Kerr Mr L Kerr
14:35 Holker Group Novices' Handicap Chase
GBB Race
2m 5f | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 4 ran
  • Winner: Seddon 7/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Adrian Heskin Trainer: T R George
  • Owner: McNeill Family
15:10 Racing Welfare Handicap Chase
3m 1½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 5 ran
  • Winner: Stop The World 7/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Adrian Heskin Trainer: T R George
  • Owner: McNeill Family
15:45 JCA Architects Cartmel Handicap Hurdle
2m 1f | Class 4 | 3YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Glan Y Gors 8/1
  • Jockey: Mr A Anderson Trainer: D Thompson
  • Owner: Mr B Lapham & J Souster
16:20 Cartmel Lodge Park Handicap Hurdle
2m 6f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 13 ran
  • Winner: The Black Squirrel 7/1
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: H P Hogarth
  • Owner: Hogarth Racing

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Cartmel Racecourse
LA11 6QF
01539 536340

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