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First Flat meeting of 2015 for Carlisle racecourse

Carlisle races Credit: ITV News Border

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."

– Geraldine McKay, General Manager, Carlisle Racecourse

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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.

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Rising female amateur jockey

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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
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