Horse racing in the historic border city of Carlisle dates back to at least the 16th
Century and each year Carlisle Racecourse holds the Cumberland Plate and
Carlisle Bell races, carrying on a tradition which dates back to that era.
Amongst it's innumerable 'claims to fame', Carlisle launched the first operationa
l Tote on British racecourses in 1929 and notably Red Rum won at the Carlisle September meeting prior to each of his Grand National wins.