Spectacular end to 2019 season for Cartmel Racecourse

SPECTACULAR sunshine brought thousands of racegoers to Cartmel over the bank

holiday weekend for a record-breaking end to the 2019 season.

Around 33,000 visitors poured through the gates of the unique racecourse near

Grange-over-Sands on Saturday and Monday as a packed schedule of racing and

family-themed entertainment got underway.

Among the highlights was a landmark victory for local trainer James Moffatt who

reached his target of 50 winning rides and trained horses on the track during his

career so far.

Geraldine McKay, Cartmel Racecourse manager, said the Bank Holiday meeting

had brought the season to a close in superb style.

“The August Bank Holiday meeting at Cartmel is traditionally one of the busiest of

the year and this weekend was no exception.

“It was fantastic to see both days so well supported by racegoers as well as our

owners and trainers who join us from all over the UK.

“People enjoyed lots of family entertainment with the funfair, picnics, music and,

of course, the chance to watch our equine athletes in action.”

Saturday saw an audience of close to 20,000 in attendance, while Bank Holiday

Monday brought a further 13,000 to the course, located adjacent to the historic

village of Cartmel.

The crowds enjoyed seven exciting races on each of the days with thrilling

victories for trainers including Dianne Sawyer, James Moffatt, Noel Kelly and JP


The meeting brought to a close an excellent season at Cartmel which has seen a

total of nine racedays attract in excess of 90,000 visitors since May.

This year saw the refurbishment of the Grandstand and the Louis Roederer

Restaurant, as well as the introduction of Rogan & Co at the Races - a unique

collaboration between Cartmel Racecourse and Michelin-starred chef Simon


And in what has become an annual tradition, the course welcomed thousands of

music fans for the concert day meeting in June when international chart topper

Sir Cliff Richard took to the stage, supported by Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Fly


Geraldine added: “The atmosphere was fantastic throughout the Bank Holiday

meeting, as it has been all season.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming families and first time racegoers to


We’re just sad racing is over for another year.

“We have to issue a huge thank you and well done to our hardworking team,

which swells from a core of eight all year round to upwards of 500 on racedays.

“We hope to see everyone back at Cartmel in May 2020 when racing gets

underway once more.”

The opening meeting at Cartmel next year will get underway on Saturday, May