SIR Tom was not the only Jones to prove a headline act at Cartmel at the weekend.

Although a massive crowd packed into course for a concert headlined by the Welsh star o, he had to share top billing with namesake Charlotte Jones.

Well before the music legend took to the stage, Barrow-born Charlotte Jones had thrilled the bumper crowd by landing the big race of the day for only the second win of her career.

It was the start of a two-day meeting for Cartmel at which the sun shone and local trainer James Moffatt made hay including a one-two in Friday’s feature race, the £20,000 added Ron Wadey Is Now 70 Handicap Hurdle.

Moffatt, who trains just down the road from the racecourse, saddled five runners in the race and booked champion jockey Richard Johnson to ride Nicolas Chauvin and the three top jockeys at Cartmel this season, Brian Hughes, Henry Brooke and Will Kennedy for Captain Brown, Altruism and Space Ship respectively.

However, it was Moffatt’s conditional jockey Charlotte Jones who upstaged the big guns as she produced the 10-1 chance Lough Kent with a storming late run to grab the prize.

Hughes must have been stunned as he rode a perfect race on Captain Brown, keeping his mount off the pace for most of the trip before making headway from three out to glide into the lead turning into the home straight with the race apparently in safe keeping.

However, Charlotte had other ideas and just as she had done at the May meeting when she landed her first ever win under Rules, she brought Lough Kent with a devastating charge up the home straight to grab the lead close home and win by a neck.

“That’s a fantastic achievement for Charlotte, to win a Class 2 race after just a handful of rides and she did it brilliantly," said Moffatt.

There was some consolation for Hughes, however, as he completed a first day double on the Moffatt-trained Boruma in the Cumbria Grand Hotel at Grange Handicap Hurdle and Verona Opera for trainer Stuart Crawford in the Brown Horse At Winster Beginners Chase.

Hughes, who leads the jockeys’ list at Cartmel again this season, was quickly on the mark at Sunday’s second stage with an impressive ride on Oh So Gigolo to win the Watch RacingUK On Freeview Novices Handicap Hurdle.

Feature race on Sunday was the £20,000 Oakmere Homes Handicap Chase, a race won by Alderbrook Lad two years ago.

The 10-year-old, who changed hands at the start of the year, made all the running to fulfil new owner Ian Barran’s dream of having a winner at Cartmel.

Barran, from Leeds, said: “This win has been a long time coming. I love this course and have always wanted a winner here and I have tried for a number of years, so it is really thrilling."

Alderbrook Lad is trained by Micky Hammond and though the horse was in front from the start, he was being hard pressed from four out, but kept pulling out more for jockey Joe Colliver to hold off favourite Morning Royalty on the run in.

There were some close finishes on Sunday with none tighter than the Wainwright Ale Handicap Chase fought out by joint favourites Presenting Junior and Charlie Wingnut with the former scraping home by a head.