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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.

Rising female amateur jockey

Life as a jockey is full of highs and lows, the thrill of victory coming at the cost of a life of rigid diets and regular falls. But one young hopeful from Cumbria is making waves in one of the toughest of sports.

An amateur champion by twenty one, Emma Sayer has now become the first woman to win a coveted award for her horsemanship.

Ryan Dollard went to meet her.


Historic race night at Kelso

Thousands expected to head to Kelso for evening meeting Credit: PA

Kelso Racecourse will play host to its first ever evening meeting tonight.

Thousands of racegoers are expected to gather at the historic national hunt course, which has been staging races since 1882.

Gates open at two o'clock, with the first race due to start just after four PM.

In Pictures: Ladies Day at Carlisle Races

The races all consisted of female-only jockeys Credit: ITV Border
Thousands of people turned out for one of the biggest days on the sporting calendar Credit: ITV Border
Ladies dressed up for the occasion Credit: ITV Border
The Ladies Day event is one of the biggest in the racing day calendar Credit: ITV Border
Among the titles up for grabs were the best hat and best dressed awards Credit: ITV Border
Marti Pellow performs with Wet Wet Wet to a 6,000 strong crowd Credit: ITV Border
6,000 people watched the 80s band perform at the races Credit: ITV Border


Ryan Mania on horse he'll ride at Grand National

Ryan Mania (in blue and yellow) in action in Kelso. Credit: ITV Border

Last year's Grand National winner Ryan Mania came second at Kelso yesterday, on the horse he'll ride at Aintree this year.

The Lindean-based jockey came second on Mr Moonshine.

He was due to ride Auroras Encore again in this year's Grand National, but injury has meant the horse will not race.

Ryan Mania came second in the Premier Chase. Credit: ITV Border

Mania at Kelso in Grand National build-up

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has been trying out the horse he will ride at Aintree this year.

The Lindean based jockey came second on Mr Moonshine in the Premier Chase at Kelso Racecourse.

Mania had planned to ride at Aintree on Auroras Encore, the horse he stormed to victory on at last years Grand National, but injury meant Auroras had to be retired.

Mania now plans to compete on Mr Moonshine, another horse trained by Sue and Harvey Smith.

He will ride in the same blue and yellow colours he won in last year.

Ex-Boyzone star hails "amazing" night at Carlisle Racecourse

Ronan Keating has tweeted his thanks to the crowd at yesterday's Ladies Night event for what he called an "amazing night."

Thousands turned out for the all female jockey event, where the star was performing in the evening.

Ronan was making the stop off in Carlisle as part of the Cancer Research UK tour.

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