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Where is Kelso Racecourse?
Kelso Racecourse is just over 1km north of Kelso town centre on the B6461 Ednam Road. It is 60km south-east of Edinburgh via the A68 and A697.
Tweedbank is the nearest rail station at 20km west of the track. It is an hour journey from Edinburgh Waverley with a bus, which must be booked in advance, connecting Tweedbank to Kelso Races.
What is Kelso Racecourse Famous For?
Kelso is the Scottish Borders' only racecourse and boasts exceptional countryside views. The first Kelso Races were just south in Caverton Edge in 1734. But the current track was built in 1822 by the Duke of Roxburghe with the original grandstand still in place and now category A listed.
Kelso hosted flat racing until 1888 when it became a jumps-only track after the United Border Hunt relocated there. In 1913, four Suffragettes were jailed after unsuccessfully trying to burn the course down.
Kelso Racecourse Track Specifics
Kelso is a left-handed undulating track with a sharper hurdles course on the inside of the chase course. It is a fair track attracting good quality runners despite its remote location, but can be extremely testing in heavy ground.
Biggest Meeting's at Kelso Racecourse
The highlight of the season is Premier Kelso Hurdle day on the last Saturday in February or first Saturday of March. It is a Grade 2 novice hurdle over two miles and two furlongs (2800m) with the equally valuable Listed Premier Kelso Chase also on the card.
Earlier in February is the Morebattle Hurdle, a conditions race sometimes used as a prep for the Cheltenham Festival.
Visit the official Kelso Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!