Kelso Course Guide

The Scottish Borders track hosts racing throughout the winter and is one of the most charming jumps tracks in Britain, staging good quality racing throughout the season despite being in a relatively remote location.

The track’s most valuable meeting is in late February, where feature races include the Premier Kelso Hurdle, a Grade 2 race over 2m 2f and the Premier Chase, a listed race run just short of three miles and the Morebattle Hurdle, a conditions race staged in mid-February which features Simonsig and Peddlers Cross on its list of previous winners.

Jumps Racing

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Left handed, generally flat, with the hurdles course separate to the chase one and around a furlong shorter in length. The position of the final obstacle on both tracks was placed closer to the winning post from October 2012, negating the formerly 2f run to the line, ensuring there is less emphasis on stamina than previously. It's true to say that conditions can get gruelling in mid-winter, but on anything other than soft/heavy ground it's a track which is essentially sharp in character. The chase course has one of the highest casualty rates in the country.

Kelso is a course which puts a premium on stamina. It certainly takes a fair bit of getting and, if you think you’re nearly home when you get to the final obstacle, you’re kidding yourself. They’ve altered the layout recently, making the run-in on the chase track shorter, but that doesn’t mean the shape of a race can’t change dramatically in the closing stages. The hurdles course is different, with longer gaps between jumps, but still demanding. It’s a stiff course, for both disciplines, but a beautifully fair one.

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14:05 Border Facilities Novices' Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 51y)
Yellow, black cross belts, hooped sleeves, black cap (The 3 Whisperers)
  • Winner: Placedela Concorde
  • Jockey: Dale Irving
  • Trainer: M A Barnes
  • Owner: The 3 Whisperers

14:40 Kosb Novices' Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 1f 14y)
Dark green, light green chevrons, red sleeves, white and red striped cap (Mr P J Martin & Partner)
  • Winner: Ballyvic Boru
  • Jockey: Danny Cook
  • Trainer: B Ellison
  • Owner: Mr P J Martin & Partner

15:15 Reece, Ben, Jessica & Charlotte Coppola Handicap Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 51y)
Light blue, white braces and sleeves (T W Johnson & G Maxwell)
  • Winner: William Of Orange
  • Jockey: B Hughes
  • Trainer: D McCain Jnr
  • Owner: T W Johnson & G Maxwell

15:50 Ayton Castle Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (2m 7f 96y)
Light blue, pink chevrons, light blue sleeves, light blue cap, pink star (Mr R S Brookhouse)
  • Winner: Stellar Notion
  • Jockey: Danny Cook
  • Trainer: T R George
  • Owner: Mr R S Brookhouse

16:25 Elliot Henderson & Son Plant Hire Novices' Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 7f 96y)
Black, white cross of lorraine, sleeves and cap (Mike & Eileen Newbould, N Rust)
  • Winner: Crest
  • Jockey: A P Cawley
  • Trainer: Micky Hammond
  • Owner: Mike & Eileen Newbould, N Rust

17:00 Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Chase

(Class 4) (3m 2f 39y)
Mauve, red star, red cap (Five Valleys Racing Partnership)
  • Winner: Kilbree Kid
  • Jockey: Mr N George
  • Trainer: T R George
  • Owner: Five Valleys Racing Partnership

17:35 Five Star Taxis Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 3) (2m 51y)
Red, black and white striped sleeves, red cap, black diamond (Langdale Bloodstock)
  • Winner: Rubytwo
  • Jockey: Ryan Day
  • Trainer: N G Richards
  • Owner: Langdale Bloodstock

Address & Contact

Kelso Races Limited
The Racecourse
Scottish Borders
01573 224767

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