In 2012 all of the lever-arch files in the racecourse office were blue. It rained a lot that Summer and we wondered whether our choice of file had been too pluvial. In 2013 we ruled out grey files on the basis that they were too gloomy and red files because they were too alarming. We settled for sunshine yellow files and we enjoyed some nice bright race-days.
In 2014 we paid extra for orange files – believing that they
might add intensity to the sunshine. To be fair to the stationery, we enjoyed
pretty decent weather, but the forecasters kept letting us down by predicting
non-existent storms. So, you’ll be pleased to know that for 2015 we have moved
back to yellow files and we are therefore guaranteed correspondingly fine
This is particularly pertinent right now, this week, because
tickets for Cartmel races will have gone on sale on Friday – which, for reasons
that should be obvious, has not been dubbed Black Friday, but Sunshine Friday.
And because the blood has obviously rushed to our heads, we have
come up with a super Sunshine Friday offer to reward the early bird (who
normally catches a worm, although we figured that you might be happier with a
race ticket). We are making 2,000 tickets available at half the usual price.
That’s not a misprint – there are 250 tickets available for each
of the eight racedays at prices ranging from just £5.50 to £11. The normal
price, for tickets purchased on one of the racedays, will be £13 for Course
Enclosure tickets (£11 for senior citizens) and £22 for the Paddock Enclosure
(£18 for senior citizens).
The half price offer, which is available from the racecourse
website, is strictly limited to 2 tickets per household and once when they're gone,
they’re gone – so get in fast. Don’t forget that children aged 16 and under are
admitted free of charge – there’s no need to book tickets for the children if
you’re planning a family get-together.
An unlimited number of additional adult tickets can be purchased
online at a discount of £2 each, either at the same time as your early-bird
tickets or at any time up until 10 days before your chosen race-date. A booking
charge of £2.50 will apply to each order, although there is no restriction on
the number of tickets per order.
So, once you’ve purchased your early-bird ticket, the only
matter remaining is to decide what to do with the money you’ve saved. I’m going
to suggest a small wager on Activial in the big hurdle race at Newbury
on Saturday. Last week’s selection, Kings Palace, turned out to be a non runner
– but could also turn up in the Newbury winners’ enclosure, albeit at short