Cartmel Racecourse is one of the most picturesque in the country. Located in Cumbria, with a dry stone wall running down the priory side, it is one of the UK’s most popular tracks. Despite limited racedays, races at Cartmel always attract a huge crowd. It has the 3rd highest average attendance in the UK, behind just Cheltenham and Aintree, regardless of the viewing being on the difficult side.
Cartmel Betting Tips
A tight left-handed mile loop, the finish straight bisects the centre of the course. Cartmel is a track favouring those who race up with the speed. The tight turns and pace they go makes it a difficult track for horses who don’t travel well. The fences are quite stiff for a smaller country track, with the last four all coming close together. There is a half mile run in on the chase track, the longest in the country. The first half of that is round a bend, with a slight downhill run into the finishing straight.
By its nature, the track at Cartmel racecourse is narrow, with limited room for rail movement. The ground tends to ride on the soft side of good. This presents jockeys with a difficult decision: take the short route round the inside on the poached up turf or find a better surface out wide but forfeit ground. Course form is well worth taking note of here, and not just the equine variety. It is not an easy track to ride with the long run in – it is all too easy to kick for home too soon and have nothing left for the straight.
Cartmel Betting Trends
Jimmy Moffatt targets his local track with more runners than anyone else. Despite the volume and a strike rate of only 13%, his runners have yielded a level stake profit of +£45.75 in the last five years. Any support should be taken seriously.
Donald McCain has trained the most winners in that time and his relationship with Henry Brooke has led to a + £48.75 level stakes profit for Henry Brooke from all his mounts at Cartmel.
Last season, Brooke rode 8 winners in 37 attempts, recording a healthy £14 strike rate. Micky Hammond also had impressive figures last season; 4 winners in just 11 attempts for a 36% strike rate and +£20 level stakes profit.
Cartmel Feature Races
- Cumbria Crystal Trophy Hurdle (Handicap) (2m 6f)