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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Cartmel Races - Betfair Barbecue Day 2014

PUNTERS sizzled in the summer sunshine as Cartmel racecourse ended its July meeting in style.

The seasonal showers of Saturday were replaced by blue skies and a pleasant breeze as racegoers packed into the South Lakes track for Betfair Barbecue Day.

The car parks were filling up well before racing got under way, the smell of sausages and burgers piquing the taste-buds around the course as thousands of spectators took advantage of conditions to make their day one to remember.

Crowds exceeding 7,000 enjoyed a seven-race card, with top jump jockeys AP McCoy, Tom Scudamore and Sam Twiston-Davies among those providing an afternoon of high-quality entertainment.

Those who had backed Mr McCoy on Autun into a short-priced favourite for the first race let out a huge groan as he fell at the last, but those groans were soon replaced by cheers as Cartmel-trained May’s Boy came through to claim a memorable triumph under Brian Hughes for trainer James Moffatt.

The six-year-old is ridden every day in the yard by Mr Moffatt’s former trainer father Dudley.

All were smiles in the winner’s circle, as Mr Moffatt was congratulated on his success by Lord Cavendish and daughter Lucy, among many others delighted at the triumph.

Amid the barrage of congratulations, Mr Moffatt said: “He’s a super little horse. It’s like a double win for us, I’m so happy for my dad.”

As the afternoon went on, sunglasses and shorts replaced the Wellingtons and sowesters of two days earlier in the paddock and enclosure, and those punters who had been crying into their Pimms when the favourite fell in the first jumped for joy as Mr Scudamore rode the heavily-backed Monita Bonita to an easy win.

The queues for the bookies now rivalled those for the ice-creams, with pay-outs and a 99 suddenly the order of the day.

Horses took their cooling from special water-spraying fans besides the parade ring, the facility much more in use than it had been for the drizzle-affected earlier meeting.

The punters continued to wave their winning betting slips throughout the afternoon, with many looking forward to the races’ return in August.

l TWO racehorses died yesterday after falling at Cartmel.

The Champagne Louis Roederer Handicap Hurdle saw favourite Galley Slave, under Joe Cornwall, fall badly on the wood side. The horse tried to get up, but could not and was later put down.

Later in the PSR Marquees Beginners’ Chase, Alaplee, ridden by Henry Brooke, fell on the wood side and died almost immediately.

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