Carlisle is a mixed course, hosting flat racing through the summer months and jumps across through the winter National Hunt season. The Carlisle Bell is its best known race over the one mile trip in June. It is said to be Britain’s oldest race, first run in 1599.
Some famous horses have graced the Carlisle turf, including Red Rum who won there before winning his third Grand National back in 1977. The track itself is a good test of the thoroughbred, galloping and right-handed, with a stiff climb to the line through the final half a mile.