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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14:00 Borders Distillery Novices' Hurdle
2m | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 5 ran
  • Winner: Some Day Soon 4/6 Fav
  • Jockey: G Sheehan Trainer: Jamie Snowden
  • Owner: Ogilvy, Shaw, Morley&The Racegoers Clu
14:35 KOSB Novices' Handicap Chase
2m 1f | Class 4 | 5YO plus | 5 ran
  • Winner: Felix Mendelssohn 11/4 CFav
  • Jockey: Sam Coltherd Trainer: W Coltherd
  • Owner: Shire Dreamers
15:05 Reece, Ben, Jessica & Charlotte Coppola Handicap Hurdle
2m | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: St Gallen 2/1 Fav
  • Jockey: R Johnson Trainer: Olly Murphy
  • Owner: Tommy Elphick & Mary Shalvey
15:35 Ayton Castle Handicap Chase
2m 7½f | Class 3 | 5YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Beau Sancy 2/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: G Sheehan Trainer: Olly Murphy
  • Owner: Tramore Tree
16:05 Elliot Henderson & Son Plant Hire Novices' Handicap Chase
2m 7½f | Class 4 | 5YO plus | 4 ran
  • Winner: Cake de L'Isle 7/1
  • Jockey: Miss T Worsley Trainer: Laura Morgan
  • Owner: Mr Ian Guise
16:40 Cheviot Candle Co Corinthian Spirit 'Grassroots' Hunters' Chase Series Final
3m 2f | Class 3 | 5YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Racing Pulse 6/1 J2Fav
  • Jockey: Mr Jamie Alexander Trainer: N W Alexander
  • Owner: Mr Jamie Alexander
17:15 Five Star Taxis Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race
2m | Class 3 | 4YO to 6YO | 8 ran
  • Winner: Zakharova 5/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: Miss T Worsley Trainer: Laura Morgan
  • Owner: Mr & Mrs W J Williams

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Kelso Races Limited
The Racecourse
Scottish Borders
01573 224767

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