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Cumbria's biggest horse racing event is set to get underway today.
Carlisle Racecourse's annual Bell and Plate meeting sees contestants compete for the oldest horse racing trophy in the world, dating back to the sixteenth century.
The prize money this year is £130,000, which is the most the course has ever seen.
Carlisle will host it's first flat race fixture of the year this afternoon, along with a family fun day.
This year's theme is a Princess and Pirate Party, with activities like a treasure hunt and sandcastle competition on offer for the children.
Gates open at 11.30am and the first race begins at 1.30pm. The final race of the day is at 4.55pm.
"What a fantastic way to start our new Flat season, by hosting a family fun day on bank holiday.
"It's been eight months since we last hosted a Flat meeting and it's great to return with a double-bill of top class racing action and fun for the kids."
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Champion Jockey Tony McCoy says he may be back to race in Carlisle before he retires.
McCoy, who announced his intention to hang up his boots at some stage this season, won his last race at the course yesterday.
And he says he hasn't ruled out returning once more.
AP McCoy will be in action at Carlisle Racecourse on Monday afternoon for what could be the last time in his career.
The former BBC Sports Personality of the Year announced earlier this month that this will be his last season before retiring, but he has not specified the date he will leave the sport.
McCoy, who has been champion for the last 19 years, has three rides at the city track's first fixture of 2015.
His career record of more than 4,000 wins includes 34 at Carlisle, and the Racecourse is hoping he will draw crowds.
"This is a rare - and possibly unique - chance to see the greatest ever jumps jockey in history in action again at our local track.
"It is also the first day of the school half-term holidays for many - and we hope lots of people can take the opportunity to come along and see one of the UK's greatest ever sporting champions close up in competitive action."
Large crowds are expected at Carlisle Racecourse today where one of the world's most successful jockeys is riding.
Champion jockey Tony McCoy will be riding in five races including on Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Holywell.
The day is the richest in the racecourse's calendar with prize money of £90,000.
Other jockeys racing today include Ryan Mania from Galashiels who won the Grand National in 2013.
Jump racing returns to Carlisle Racecourse today, after a five-month break.
Some of Britain's top jockeys are competing, including Jason Maguire, who won the Grand National in 2011.
67 horses will be running, and the first race is at 2:10pm, with the final race at 5:20pm.
Britain's leading female jockey Hayley Turner is to compete for the first time at the world's only fixture exclusively for women riders.
Turner is booked for four rides at Carlisle Racecourse's Ultimate Ladies' Night fixture on Monday, 4 August, when every rider in all seven races will be a female jockey.
She will be competing against fellow professional and amateur riders to become the inaugural winner of the Durdar Trophy.
"It is great that I can make it up to Carlisle and Ultimate Ladies' Night this year. It is a unique event. I am looking forward to it - despite the journey up there from Newmarket!
"It is a fantastic meeting that showcases women jockeys’ talent and will encourage more women into racing. There are lots of girls at the moment that have got the ability and potential. It gives them all a chance. It is always nice to see the girls doing well.