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Cartmel: attracted crowd of nearly 20,000 for bank holiday fixture

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Cartmel draws the crowds as figures surge

CARTMEL attracted a crowd "nudging 20,000" on Monday as kind weather contributed to healthy turnouts for Britain's bank holiday programme.

Delighted managing director Jonathan Garratt said: "This meeting was abandoned last year, but the crowd is much higher than when it was last staged two years ago.

"The overflow car parks on both the course and paddock side were open by 10am and we've used fields we rarely do."

Attendance at Bangor was up 2,000 on last year as families flocked to enjoy the sunshine and free activities for children.

"We're delighted with our figure of 4,440," said general manager Jeannie Chantler. "We had 2,404 last year when it was a bit damp."

It was the same story at Chepstow, where executive director Phil Bell reported: "We had a crowd of around 7,500, including children, for our family fun day and it has been a great afternoon, although we had a few issues with traffic.

"Last August's meeting was a total washout, but this is by far the best crowd the course has had on this day for eight years."

Newcastle's 3,7000-plus included an estimated 1,000 children and was 20 per cent up on last year. At Warwick the crowd was 3,300-plus compared to 2,300 last year.

Ripon's crowd was a healthy 7,233 compared to a crowd of about 4,500 last year, while around 3,5000 were in attendance at Huntingdon.

Epsom's 7,000-plus for its family fun day, including children, was down on last year's 10,500, although the course is hoping for a good turnout for Tuesday's fixture, when admission is free.

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