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Grand National winner targets triple at Carlisle

Grand National winning trainer Sue Smith is aiming for a triple victory at Carlisle Racecourse today.

She is hoping to capitalise on the shock success at Aintree, where Auroras Encore took victory in the world's most famous race.

Ryan Mania from Galashiels, who rode the 66-1 outsider, will miss out on the meeting, after sustaining injuries from a fall at Hexham on Sunday (7th April).

Mrs Smith has three horses running, with Alta Rock in the 2.20, Rebel Swing in the 4.25 and Highrate in the 4.55.

"What a great way to bring the curtain down on our 2012-13 jumps season by having three horses here from the same stable as the Grand National winner.

"Sue is a great supporter of Carlisle so it was great to see her win on Saturday - and Auroras Encore was a winner here at Carlisle in March 2009.

"It would have been great to have had Ryan here too as planned after his success in the National but it will still be a great afternoon's racing. We wish him all the very best for a full and speedy recovery."

– Richard Clements, General Manager, Carlisle Racecourse


The six figure cost of a wash out summer

Almost two thirds of people who paid between £25 and £30 to watch the races and see a gig by 80's legends Madness on Saturday have already received their refunds.

The event was called off on Friday afternoon after an inspection of the course showed that it was unfit for racing. The venue's grassy car parks were also out of action because of flooding after a week of heavy rain following the wettest June for more than a century.

People were obviously very disappointed but feedback has generally been good, with most people understanding the reason for the decision and appreciating that it wasn't left until the last minute before cancelling.

We have completed over two-thirds of the refunds already. We expect to have completed them all by mid-week, except for those who we are waiting to provide us with new details for expired cards.

In all, just under £250,000 is to be refunded, including ticket sales and hospitality. Just over 7,500 tickets were sold in advance, and each booking has to be refunded separately.

– Richard Clements, Racecourse manager