Carlisle Racecourse

Ideally situated between the Borders and the stunning scenery of the Lake District, Carlisle Racecourse offers tourists an alternative day out at the races. This charming track has been hosting horse racing meetings since the 17th century and today the course hosts both flat and National Hunt racing at the only track in Cumbria.

Both the flat and jump courses are run right-handed, with the pear-shaped course of between 13 furlong and a mile-and-a-half. It’s a notorious galloping course with the uphill finish making it a supreme test of stamina for runners and riders alike. During the winter months the track offers the ultimate challenge as the going can get very heavy in the typically inclement Cumbria winter weather.

The most notable race meeting at Carlisle is the Carlisle Bell – one of the oldest horse races still in existence. The handicap meeting is traditionally hosted in June and is run over a distance of one mile. The other traditionally popular meeting is the Cumberland Plate which also originates from a similar time to the Bell and takes place over 1m4f in June.

During the summer months, the shorter sprint races are held on the six furlong track which begin on a chute and are raced on the turn throughout.

Geegeez says: “For the jockeys at Carlisle it tends to be a much more tactical race than usual. The home straight of the Grade 4 course sees horses forced to run against the collar of the track, which naturally favours those drawn higher in the stalls.

“In the winter months the National Hunt races are often a case of last horse standing. It’s a real searching test considering the steep hill and the fact that the going is often very heavy. Only those well-renowned for lasting the trip should be expected to prevail.”

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Latest Carlisle Results
DateRunnerJockeyTrainerSP
22 Feb 16:10Emma BeagHenry BrookeD Brooke12/1
22 Feb 15:40Foster'sislandJoe ColliverM D Hammond9/2
22 Feb 15:10BarnaySean QuinlanJ Candlish3/1
22 Feb 14:40Chapel StileRyan DayN Richards11/2
22 Feb 14:10MultellieJamie HamiltonT Easterby9/1
22 Feb 13:35Scottish AccentNathan MoscropR Menzies3/1
22 Feb 13:00Theme TuneMr J J O'NeillJonjo O'Neill10/11
22 Feb 12:30Word Has ItBrian HughesD McCain6/5
16 Feb 16:05Dream OverConor O'FarrellMrs R Dobbin100/30
16 Feb 15:35Miss AmeliaHenry BrookeM Walford15/2
Carlisle Fixtures
DateSessionCodeSurface
11 MarAfternoonJumpTurf
21 MarAfternoonJumpTurf
28 MarAfternoonJumpTurf
03 AprAfternoonJumpTurf
17 MayAfternoonFlatTurf
27 MayEveningFlatTurf
28 MayAfternoonFlatTurf
14 JunAfternoonFlatTurf
23 JunAfternoonFlatTurf
03 JulEveningFlatTurf
08 JulAfternoonFlatTurf
02 AugEveningFlatTurf
18 AugAfternoonFlatTurf
26 AugAfternoonFlatTurf
08 SepAfternoonFlatTurf
14 OctAfternoonJumpTurf
21 OctAfternoonJumpTurf
31 OctAfternoonJumpTurf
08 NovAfternoonJumpTurf
28 NovAfternoonJumpTurf
12 DecAfternoonJumpTurf
Top Carlisle Jockeys
JockeyWinsRunsSR
Brian Hughes95516.4%
Conor O'Farrell72429.2%
Sean Quinlan63517.1%
Ryan Day51435.7%
Mr J J O'Neill31816.7%
Harry Skelton31225.0%
Ryan Mania32810.7%
Mr K Brogan2366.7%
Henry Brooke21711.8%
Craig Nichol21118.2%
Top Carlisle Trainers
TrainerWinsRunsSR
N Richards72429.2%
Mrs R Dobbin61442.9%
D McCain63020.0%
F M O'Brien3837.5%
D Skelton31225.0%
B Pauling31030.0%
Jonjo O'Neill31915.8%
J Candlish31717.6%
N Alexander2728.6%
K Bailey2450.0%