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Art Obsession backed to run a big race in Carlisle Bell

Carlisle racecourse primed for biggest day’s racing in their history

We’re all set for a massive day of racing at Carlisle on Wednesday 24 June, with the people of the town and surrounding areas heading down to the racecourse for the renewal of the Carlisle Bell.

This year, the Bell is being sponsored by Andy Bell’s and there are seventeen horses declared for the oldest race in England, with the first running taking place as early as the 16th century.

Wind the clock forward several hundred years and there’s still a huge amount of prestige surrounding this race, while more prize money is up for grabs on Wednesday than ever before.

Geraldine McKay said: “This will be the greatest day of flat racing in Carlisle’s history. Our previous record prize money for a flat meeting was around £100,000, so we have smashed that.

“Spectators will also see history made as we host our first Class 1 flat race. The Eternal Stakes has only been held at Warwick and Newmarket previously but we are thrilled to be hosting it for the first time.

“We have 89 entries for seven races, which is excellent. There are some quality horses and top trainers from Newmarket and all over the country. It will be a special day of racing.”

The Queen will have a runner at Carlisle on Wednesday, with Touchline competing in the Eternal Stakes, although all eyes will be on the Carlisle Bell at 3.35pm where a high draw seems to be preferable.

Art Obsession is expected to be among the favourites and the horse has a nice high draw for the race, with David Barron expected to have this four-year-old bang on for the showdown at Carlisle.

Having been eased a touch in the weights since his most recent run at Ayr, we’re expecting the horse to finally fulfil his potential and it will be interesting to see if the money comes on the day. owner Andy Bell said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring one of the most historic and oldest horse races in the United Kingdom. Hopefully we’ll have some nice weather, the people of Carlisle will be flocking to the racecourse and there will be an exciting and competitive renewal of the Carlisle Bell.”

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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