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Race against time to see McCoy at Carlisle

AP McCoy in action at a previous meeting at Carlisle Credit: Carlisle Racecourse

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."

– Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse's general manager

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Champion jockey at Carlisle Racecourse

Tony McCoy at The Guinness Galway Hurdle at the Galway Festival Credit: Pat Healy/PA

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.

Tony McCoy in the bet 365 Hurdle Race during the Charlie Hall Chase day at Wetherby Racecourse. Credit: John Giles/PA

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.

Tony McCoy Credit: Nigel French/PA

Jump racing returns to Carlisle

It's been five months since the last jumps meeting in May Credit: ITV Border

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 to compete at Carlisle Racecourse

Hayley Turner (centre) with Sophie Doyle and Laura Pike Credit: Carlisle Racecourse

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.

– Hayley Turner

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Jessie J wows crowds at racecourse

Jessie J was a hit in Carlisle this weekend as she performed to a crowd of 5,000 at Carlisle Racecourse.

The gig on Sunday, 27 July, was her first in city since 2011 when she performed at Radio 1's Big Weekend.

Jessie wore a matching metallic two piece for her gig Credit: ITV Border
Thousands of fans turn out to see the star Credit: ITV Border
The rain held off for the duration of her set Credit: ITV Border

Second-largest crowd in Carlisle Racecourse's history

More than 10,000 people watched the Kaiser Chiefs last night, the second-largest crowd in Carlisle Racecourse's history

What an unbelievable evening! We had some great racing, including a photo-finish in the feature race. And then the Kaiser Chiefs werejust something else. The response from the crowd, both in their numbers and enthusiasm, really was special and I'd like to thank everyone for their support. Ricky Wilson (lead singer) is a supreme showman - and we've got Jessie J here next on Sunday July 27 and then Wet Wet Wet at Ultimate Ladies' Night on Monday August 4. It's going to be along, hot summer at Carlisle Racecourse."

– Geraldine McKay, General Manager Carlisle Racecourse
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