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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Upcoming races
15:40 Racing Reminiscence Days At Kelso Novices' Chase
2m 1f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Newtown Boy Evens JFav
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: K Dalgleish
  • Owner: Paul & Clare Rooney
16:15 Border Change Foundation Novices' Hurdle
2m 5f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Le Milos 11/10 Fav
  • Jockey: Charlie Price Trainer: Tim Vaughan
  • Owner: Bovian Racing
16:45 Harper Gow Family Supporting Alzheimer Scotland Handicap Chase
2m 5½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 12 ran
  • Winner: Sebastian Beach 7/1
  • Jockey: Jason Dixon Trainer: Ben Pauling
  • Owner: The Megsons
17:15 Join Racing TV Now Handicap Hurdle
2m 2f | Class 5 | 3YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: The Herds Garden 10/1
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: D McCain Jnr
  • Owner: Hale Racing Limited & Mr D McCain Jnr
17:45 IJF & MS Society Handicap Chase
2m 1f | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 8 ran
  • Winner: Theflyingportrait 4/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman Trainer: J Candlish
  • Owner: The Mere Partnership
18:15 Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle
2m 5f | Class 2 | 3YO plus | 4 ran
  • Winner: Aye Right 6/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: R Johnson Trainer: Mrs H O Graham
  • Owner: Mr G Adam
18:45 Kelso Charity Tea Room Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race
2m | Class 5 | 4YO to 6YO | 6 ran
  • Winner: Notawordofalie 5/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: Jonjo O'Neill Jr. Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
  • Owner: Mr D Smith, Mrs J Magnier & Mr M Tabor

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Kelso Races Limited
The Racecourse
Scottish Borders
01573 224767

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