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.


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.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
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Last Update: 12/12/2018 17:00

Upcoming races
12:00 New Jumps Season On Racing UK 'National Hunt' Auction Maiden Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 51y)
  • Winner: Romeo Brown Evens Fav
  • Jockey: Chester Williams Trainer: Mrs J Williams
  • Owner: Mrs Jane Williams
12:30 Mrs Ivan Straker Paris Pike Novices' Chase
(Class 3) (2m 7f 96y)
  • Winner: Donna's Diamond 10/11 Fav
  • Jockey: Sean Quinlan Trainer: C Grant
  • Owner: D&d Armstrong Ltd
13:05 Persimmon Homes Scottish Borders National Handicap Chase
(Class 3) (4m 90y)
  • Winner: Harry The Viking 16/1
  • Jockey: Rachel McDonald Trainer: A M Thomson
  • Owner: Jim Beaumont & Quona Thomson
13:35 Andersons Award Winning Butcher North Berwick Handicap Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 51y)
  • Winner: Xpo Universel 7/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Mr A Anderson Trainer: Rebecca Menzies
  • Owner: Club Racing Xpo Partnership
14:10 Scotty Brand Veterans' Handicap Chase (Last Qualifying Leg Of The 2018 Veterans' Chase Series)
(Class 2) (2m 6f 70y)
  • Winner: Cultram Abbey 13/2
  • Jockey: Ryan Day Trainer: N G Richards
  • Owner: Tarzan Bloodstock
14:40 EBF Mares' 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 4f 189y)
  • Winner: Peters Cousin 5/1
  • Jockey: Ryan Day Trainer: N G Richards
  • Owner: Mr K Alexander
15:15 Biggest Ever Jumps Season On Racing UK Novices' Handicap Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 6f 151y)
  • Winner: Border Victor 9/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: Lorcan Murtagh Trainer: F P Murtagh
  • Owner: Mrs Allison Stamper

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Kelso Races Limited
The Racecourse
Scottish Borders
01573 224767

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