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Where is Carlisle Racecourse?
Carlisle Racecourse is in the village of Blackwell 3km due south of the city and just west of J42 of the M6. Carlisle rail station in the city centre is the nearest to the racecourse and a raceday bus service operates from the bus station just 200m north of the train.
What is Carlisle Racecourse Famous For?
Racing was first recorded at Carlisle in 1559 with the famous gold bell presented for the first time to the winner of the Carlisle Bell.
Carlisle Races moved out to Blackwell in 1904 and the Tote betting pool was launched there in July\1929. Carlisle hosts flat racing in the summer and jumps in the winter.
Carlisle Racecourse Track Specifics
Carlisle is a right-handed galloping pear-shaped track just over 12 furlongs (2400m) long. While the turns are easy, the finish is not as it rises for just over three furlongs (600m). This makes it a real stamina test, especially on softer ground.
There is a 'straight' course for sprints up to six furlongs which is level before that stiff uphill finish.
Biggest Meeting's at Carlisle Racecourse
Carlisle Bell and Cumberland Plate Day is the biggest meeting of the year on the last Wednesday in June with the Bell the oldest trophy in British racing. The Cumberland Plate was first run in the 18th century. But the most valuable race on the card is the Listed Eternal Stakes for three-year-old fillies which switched to Carlisle in 2015.
The highlight of Carlisle's National Hunt season is the Listed Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase on the first Sunday of November. Around four weeks later is the Listed Houghton Mares' Chase which was first run in 2015.
Visit the official Carlisle Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!