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
Future Fixtures
  • Sat 29 May 2021
  • Mon 31 May 2021
  • Wed 02 June 2021
  • Fri 25 June 2021
  • Sun 27 June 2021
  • Sat 17 July 2021
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Last Update: 17/01/2021 17:00x

12:45 Follow At WilliamHillRacing On Twitter Novices' Hurdle
GBB Race
2m 1f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Black Kraken 66/1
  • Jockey: R P McLernon Trainer: B M R Haslam
  • Owner: Mr Daniel Shapiro & Mr B M R Haslam
13:15 Best Odds Guaranteed Novices' Hurdle
GBB Race
2m 6f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 5 ran
  • Winner: Finisk River 2/5 Fav
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: D McCain Jnr
  • Owner: Mr Les Buckley
13:45 William Hill Play Responsibly Handicap Hurdle
2m 1f | Class 3 | 3YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Beeno 7/2
  • Jockey: C O'Farrell Trainer: Mrs Dianne Sayer
  • Owner: Mrs Margaret Coppola And Mr Arthur Sla
14:15 William Hill Extra Places Every Day Handicap Chase
GBB Race
2m 1½f | Class 2 | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: King Alfonso 8/1
  • Jockey: Ben Jones Trainer: D Burchell
  • Owner: Mrs G Davies
14:45 William Hill Lengthen Yourodds Novices' Handicap Chase
GBB Race
2m 5f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: River Icon 11/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: C O'Farrell Trainer: I Jardine
  • Owner: Mr M Friel And Mr T Reid
15:15 William Hill Racing Radio Handicap Chase
3m 1½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Elmono 7/1
  • Jockey: Blair Campbell Trainer: Miss Lucinda V Russell
  • Owner: Gerry And The Pacemakers
15:50 William Hill Vegas Handicap Hurdle
3m 1½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Top Billing 3/1 Fav
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: N G Richards
  • Owner: Tarzan Bloodstock
16:20 William Hill Betting TV Handicap Hurdle
2m 6f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 13 ran
  • Winner: Ever So Much 22/1
  • Jockey: R P McLernon Trainer: B M R Haslam
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus

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Cartmel Racecourse
LA11 6QF
01539 536340

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