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
12:30 EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 6f 151y)
  • Winner: Trixster 6/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: Mr C Price Trainer: Tim Vaughan
  • Owner: The Pant Wilkin Partnership
13:00 Tarrag Naegel Novices' Hurdle
(Class 4) (2m 51y)
  • Winner: Encore Champs 6/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: R Johnson Trainer: W Greatrex
  • Owner: Bryan Drew/ Swanee River Partnership
13:35 Kristoffersen Carpets & Flooring Handicap Hurdle
(Class 2) (2m 51y)
  • Winner: Martila Evens Fav
  • Jockey: Sean Quinlan Trainer: Miss P Robson
  • Owner: Mr & Mrs Raymond Anderson Green
14:05 William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Handicap Chase
(Class 2) (2m 5f 133y)
  • Winner: Dimple 9/4 J2Fav
  • Jockey: Sean Quinlan Trainer: A M Thomson
  • Owner: D&d Armstrong Ltd
14:40 Mares' Handicap Hurdle
(Class 5) (2m 51y)
  • Winner: Choochoobugaloo 6/5 Fav
  • Jockey: Jonathan England Trainer: Sam Drake
  • Owner: Sam England Racing Club
15:10 Racing TV Free For A Month Handicap Chase
(Class 3) (2m 7f 96y)
  • Winner: Chidswell 9/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: Craig Nichol Trainer: N G Richards
  • Owner: David & Nicky Robinson
15:40 Trial Racing TV For Free Now Handicap Chase
(Class 4) (2m 7f 96y)
  • Winner: Achill Road Boy 5/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Sean Quinlan Trainer: W Coltherd
  • Owner: Farming Army Newitt Flannigan Findlate

Address & Contact

Kelso Races Limited
The Racecourse
Scottish Borders
01573 224767

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