About Kelso Racecourse

Kelso Racecourse is a Scottish racecourse found near the Scottish border, about 20 miles southwest of Berwick. They describe themselves as Britain’s friendliest racecourse, which sounds about right to us. This backed up by them winning ‘the best small course in Scotland and the north of England’ three times since 2007! 

 While the first recorded race took place in Kelso in 1734, it wasn’t until 1822 that Kelso Racecourse opened. 

 Kelso Racecourse is a little short of 1.5 miles long. It only offers Jump racing; however, it does come with both a chase and hurdle course! The chase course is slightly larger than the hurdle course, with more jumps too. The course runs left-handed and is generally flat. However, due to the longer races, this is a course where stamina is key!

Notable Races

Kelso Racecourse is open from September through till May. During that time it has two notable races that draw punters in. One of these races take place during their February meet, and the other in March.

 The first race is the Moerbattle Hurdle. This hurdle race runs over two miles two furlongs, open to horses aged four and older! Amazingly, this race will have prize money of £209k! Better yet, the winner of the race is also eligible for a £100k bonus should they win any race at the 2021 Cheltenham festival! This is a big boost to the prize money for this race thanks to sponsor Bet365.

 The second of these is the Premier Kelso Hurdle. Like the Moerbattle Hurdle, this is a two-mile two-furlong race open to horses four or older. Unfortunately, this race has no added boost to the prize pool this year!

 So if you’re going to travel to Kelso Racecourse, we’d recommend attending their February meeting. This is where the biggest jockeys, trainers, and races will be at Kelso Racecourse!


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