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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Temperature: 11.1° - 13.9°

Rainfall: 0.10cm

Wind: 21.6mph SW

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16:10 Kelso Annual Members Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 4f 189y)
White, red stars, dark blue and white striped cap (Mr G Adam)
  • Winner: Aye Right
  • Jockey: Callum Bewley
  • Trainer: Mrs H O Graham
  • Owner: Mr G Adam

16:45 Tweed Salmon Fishers Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 5f 133y)
White, emerald green diamond, sleeves and diamond on cap (Mr M Sawers)
  • Winner: Trongate
  • Jockey: B S Hughes
  • Trainer: I Jardine
  • Owner: Mr M Sawers

17:15 Kaye's Surprise Celebration Handicap Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 2f 25y)
Royal blue, white star, light blue sleeves (Mr H Burns)
  • Winner: Slaney Craiglegacy
  • Jockey: Jamie Hamilton
  • Trainer: H Burns
  • Owner: Mr H Burns

17:45 Smith & Garratt Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (2m 1f 14y)
Dark blue, white chevron, diabolo on sleeves, red cap (Cubomania Syndicate)
  • Winner: Cubomania
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Cubomania Syndicate

18:15 Aitken Turnbull Architects Handicap Hurdle

(Class 2) (2m 4f 189y)
Light blue, purple stars, light blue cap, purple star (Ms Caroline Ahearn)
  • Winner: Go Another One
  • Jockey: Sean Bowen
  • Trainer: J C McConnell
  • Owner: Ms Caroline Ahearn

18:45 Elliot Henderson & Son Contractors Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 5) (2m 51y)
White and black diamonds, chevrons on sleeves, white cap, black stars (Mr D Kierans)
  • Winner: Auntie Mary
  • Jockey: P J McGrath
  • Trainer: J C McConnell
  • Owner: Mr D Kierans

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Kelso Races Limited
The Racecourse
Scottish Borders
01573 224767

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