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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Last Update: 17/09/2019 12:00

14:05 Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Novices' Hurdle
2m 6f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 4 ran
  • Winner: Mega Double 10/11 Fav
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: James Moffatt
  • Owner: Mr M Scott
14:40 Sharon Stanton 50th Birthday Celebrations Juvenile Hurdle
2m 1f | Class 4 | 3YO only | 9 ran
  • Winner: Lady Shanawell 8/1
  • Jockey: R P McLernon Trainer: B M R Haslam
  • Owner: Blue Lion Racing Ix
15:15 Coral Handicap Chase
2m 1½f | Class 2 | 4YO plus | 5 ran
  • Winner: Ardera Cross 8/1
  • Jockey: Sam Coltherd Trainer: William Young Jnr
  • Owner: Mr W G Young
15:50 Smart Money's On Coral Handicap Chase
3m 1½f | Class 2 | 4YO plus | 4 ran
  • Winner: Traditional Dancer 3/1
  • Jockey: Ross Chapman Trainer: I Jardine
  • Owner: Mr Ian G M Dalgleish
16:25 Peter Todd's Birthday Celebration Handicap Chase
2m 5f | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Demi Sang 11/2
  • Jockey: R P McLernon Trainer: B M R Haslam
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus
17:00 Smart Money's On Coral Handicap Hurdle
3m 1½f | Class 2 | 4YO plus | 8 ran
  • Winner: Dr Robin 8/1
  • Jockey: S Bowen Trainer: P Bowen
  • Owner: Peter Bowen Racing Club
17:35 Swan Hotel & Spa Handicap Hurdle
2m 6f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 8 ran
  • Winner: Chocolat Noir 6/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Danny Cook Trainer: M Todhunter
  • Owner: Javas Charvers

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Cartmel Racecourse
LA11 6QF
01539 536340

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