It’s hot down at the racecourse this week and we’re looking forward to a couple of those perfect Cartmel race-days. The sun will be shining, there’ll be picnic blankets, ice-creams, glasses of nice cool drinks, giddy crowds on the fairground and … did I mention… the weather is going to be hot?
don’t generally eat ice-cream (something to do with not liking chocolate or
vanilla I think), so we are making alternative arrangements to keep them cool.
As part of the legacy from the London Olympics, we have been allowed to use the
large fans that were used to blow a fine mist of water droplets over the equine
competitors during the 2012 Games. Located in a marquee adjacent to the wash
down area, the fans will be able to cool the horses as soon as they come off
the track. We’ll also have thousands of litres of water available at strategic
points around the racecourse, ensuring that any horses that are pulled up can
be cooled quickly too.
is £125,000 of prize money on offer for Saturday and Monday and the entries for
all the races look really strong. The most valuable race of our season is the
£27,000 Totepool Cumbria Crystal Cup, run for the first time last year. The
winner on that occasion was What A Steel who will carry an additional 5lb
compared to last year if he gets into the race; preference may be for Scotswell
who always runs well at Cartmel.
£15,000 McGuinness Feeds Handicap Hurdle is the most valuable hurdle race in
Britain restricted to lady riders. Donald McCain has stepped in to book Lucy
Alexander for Life And Soul and that looks a good combination in a “hot” race.
It would be great to see a local winner and I’d give a serious chance to Jimmy
Moffatt’s Seize in the Louis Roederer Handicap Steeplechase; he’s 12lb lower in
the weights since his last run and looks as though he’ll appreciate the faster
the track, the competition is going to be even hotter. Racegoers will be invited
to take part in a contest to cook the best BBQ meal, using a selection of
mystery ingredients – in a similar format to the TV show Ready Steady Cook. The
winners of each 30 minute round will be invited to take part in the sizzling
final at the end of each race-day. We’ll also be awarding a prize to the
racegoers that set-up the most stylish picnic or BBQ in either public
looking forward to a great weekend. Did I mention that it is going to be hot?