Improvements of more than £50,000 have been carried out at Carlisle Racecourse.The investment by the the Jockey Club - will upgrade viewing facilities for spectators and improve conditions for horses as well as their jockeys, owners and trainers.
The work includes:
installing 24 large TV screens in bars and lounges
re-laying the parade ring after drainage installation
improving drainage at two fences on the course.
All the new facilities will be fully operational at Monday evening's Flat meeting, with the first race starting at 6.20pm.
The upgrade has been completed in time for the racecourse's summer fixtures.Richard Clements, Carlisle Racecourse's general manager, said:
"This work is the latest stage in our continued programme to improve the race-day experience for all, from the horses to the general public.
"We've spent £20,000 on installing 24 LCD TV screens, along with some redecoration and carpeting. Most of the screens are 47 inches wide. It means spectators can watch racing and re-runs from here and other courses in the highest quality.
"A further £35,000 has gone on the parade ring and fences. The ring has been completely dug up, drainage put in and re-turfed.
"It had been been there 70 years and the top soil had really compacted. Water wouldn't go through it. Drainage has also been improved at two fences out on the course which historically have been the ones that we have had to by-pass when it's wet.
"We're hoping a lot of people come down to enjoy these new facilities on Monday evening. It's a great opportunity to come racing after work."