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Our tipsters' strongest bets for this meeting

Smarkets Betting Exchange Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)
Earlofthecotswolds silk



Showed a good level of ability in bumpers, jumping let him down slightly when 2nd on hurdles debut but he should be better for the experience.

£50 Risk Free On Racing With Smarkets Novices' Handicap Chase (Class 4)
Xpo Universel silk

Xpo Universel


The vote has to go to XPO UNIVERSEL despite the fact he is yet to win over fences in four tries. He has taken his form to a new level over hurdles in his last two starts, winning easily under a penalty last time and looks chucked in now returned to the larger obstacles, a clear round should see him home in front. The main danger is Ballasalla for the in-form Brian Hughes and Donald McCain team.

Smarkets "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)
First Account silk

First Account


PTP winner and then 3rd on his hurdles debut last time, behind two subsequent winner that day including the progressive Al Dancer.

Smarkets Chase (A Novices' Limited Handicap) (Class 3)
Slanelough silk



Both the unexposed Spider’s Bite and Trongate come here with live claims, but preference is for SLANELOUGH, who ran a good race on return at this venue last month. Today’s softer ground will suit much better and with this step up in trip also in his favour, he’s going to prove tough to stop.

Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Series Qualifier) (Class 2)
Mac N Cheese silk

Mac N Cheese


Returning to hurdling will help MAC N CHEESE, winning in this sphere at Kelso in February by half a length. He didn’t shape without promise on return over fences at Ayr in November and will be all the better for that effort. He’s still on a feasible mark and gets into this off a featherweight, which will make him very difficult to peg back.

15:00 Handicap Chase (Class 3)
Lowanbehold silk



This can go to LOWANBEHOLD, who returned this year with a very good third at Ayr last month. That run suggested he still had mileage off comparable marks and with the handicapper dropping him two pounds, he can take advantage for the Sandy Forster yard. Lough Derg Farmer has claims if handling the ground, while Kilcullen Flem needs to bounce back.

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Rank Jockey Name Runs Wins Win %
1st Ben Curtis 126 37 29
2nd Paul Mulrennan 156 26 17
3rd Graham Lee 147 22 15
4th Tony Hamilton 139 21 15
5th Joe Fanning 138 17 12


Rank Jockey Name Runs Wins Win %
1st Brian Hughes 99 17 17
2nd Danny Cook 43 11 26
3rd William Kennedy 43 11 26
4th Daragh Bourke 22 8 36
5th Richard Johnson 24 8 33


Rank Trainer Name Runs Wins Win %
1st Keith Dalgleish 261 34 13
2nd Richard Fahey 260 31 12
3rd K R Burke 108 24 22
4th Mark Johnston 144 24 17
5th Tim Easterby 234 24 10


Rank Trainer Name Runs Wins Win %
1st Donald McCain 132 19 14
2nd Sue Smith 75 14 19
3rd Nicky Richards 41 10 24
4th Jennie Candlish 28 8 29
5th S R B Crawford 16 7 44
12:20 Carlisle RUK
Smarkets Betting Exchange Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)
12:50 Carlisle RUK
£50 Risk Free On Racing With Smarkets Novices' Handicap Chase (Class 4)
13:20 Carlisle RUK
Smarkets "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)
13:55 Carlisle RUK
Smarkets Chase (A Novices' Limited Handicap) (Class 3)
14:25 Carlisle RUK
Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Series Qualifier) (Class 2)
15:00 Carlisle RUK Handicap Chase (Class 3)
15:30 Carlisle RUK The Super Price Sportsbook Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Class 5)
Carlisle Chase Course
Carlisle Chase Course
Carlisle Chase Course

Tips for Carlisle Races

Hosting Flat racing in the summer and National Hunt racing in the winter, Carlisle is known for it’s very heavy going during winter. It is also home to the Carlisle Bell, first contested in 1599.

Course: A strangely shaped course best described as a one and a half mile “pear”. The winning post is at the end of a long, gentle hill, so our Carlisle tips always look kindly on excess stamina.

Draw Bias: Carlisle’s sprint races are run around a right hand bend so being drawn low tends to provide an advantage for our tips.

Feature Race: As mentioned, the Carlisle Bell is one of the oldest horse races in England, beating more famous races like the Epsom Derby for nearly two hundred years. It is run in June each year over seven furlongs, 173 yards, and myracing will have tips online from the evening before.


Grandstand Office, Carlisle Racecourse, Durdar, Carlisle CA2 4TS. Tel: 01228 554700

General Admission

see or phone 01228 554700

How to Get There

Road - 2m S of town on Durdar road. M6 (Jctn42). Expect severe delays on A66 from Yorkshire
Rail - Carlisle Stn (2m from course).

Disabled Facilities

Two viewing ramps, bars and toilets accessible

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