Musselburgh Course Guide

Racing has taken place at the Scottish course since 1816 and Musselburgh stages racing under both codes during the year. Due to its location close to the coast, the track has a reputation of beating harsh weather during cold snaps when other meetings are abandoned.

Musselburgh’s feature races on the flat both fall in June. The Edinburgh Castle Stakes, a Class 2 event for two-year-olds and run over the minimum trip has been won by some smart youngsters, whilst the Scottish Sprint Cup, staged at the second June meeting, is a hotly-contested sprint handicap which is so popular that a consolation race is held for horses eliminated at the 48-hour declaration stage.

In recent years Musselburgh has successfully established Scottish Trials day ahead of the Cheltenham Festival. The meeting comprises of a mix of novice races and handicaps with the feature races being the Triumph Hurdle Trial and Scottish County Hurdle.


Right handed, sharp. The turns at the top end of the course are particularly sharp, so the adaptability to negotiate the bends is of paramount importance. Big, long-striding, cumbersome horses are at a disadvantage on the round track, especially at races at up to nine furlongs. On the straight course the fields typically race towards the stand rail, although the deceptive camera angle can give the impression that the horse nearest the rail is further back than is actually the case. The course is one of best draining in the country, conditions rarely on the testing side.

Musselburgh used to have the tightest right-hand bend in British racing, but they’ve spent a fortune re-cambering and now you can ride into it much faster, without feeling you have to pull your mount around it. It’s a track that still suits sure-footed horses, though, and, if you’re on a nimble one when conditions are fast, you can scoot away and leave the others struggling. The 5f course is very quick indeed, despite a slight uphill incline, and, generally, you’d want to be towards the stands’ side rail.

View from the saddle: Jason Weaver

A right-handed oval track a little over a mile and a quarter in extent, almost flat with sharp bends, favouring handy types as opposed to gallopers. A polytrack strip was installed on the bend running away from the stands towards the end of 2012 in order to protect ground which tended to get worn and bare due to overuse. There are eight fences (four in each straight) or six flights of hurdles (three in each straight nowadays) to a circuit. The two-mile start is on a spur on the last bend.

The last four furlongs at Musselburgh feel as if they’re downhill and if you see a horse that comes from way off the pace there, the chances are it’s a good one. I always think a novice who wins round there, especially if it’s been ridden from behind, could be well handicapped when it goes somewhere else. Generally, it pays to be handy, especially when conditions are quick, and horses unable to make ground from off the pace can get disappointed. When it gets soft, you can afford to be a bit more patient.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
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Upcoming races
11:35 Racecourse Live Streams On Racing TV Extra Mares' Novices' Hurdle
GBB Race
1m 7½f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 8 ran
  • Winner: Headscarf Lil 3/1
  • Jockey: Sean Quinlan Trainer: N G Richards
  • Owner: Tarzan Bloodstock & Mr Oliver Brownlee
12:05 Novices' Limited Handicap Chase
GBB Race
2m | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 4 ran
  • Winner: Return Ticket 7/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Sean Quinlan Trainer: Rebecca Menzies
  • Owner: Mr John Wade
12:40 Scottish Racing Academy Handicap Hurdle
2m 4f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 13 ran
  • Winner: Celtic Flames 12/1
  • Jockey: D R Fox Trainer: Miss Lucinda V Russell
  • Owner: Mr Willie Scott
13:15 Saltire Festival Handicap Chase
2m | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Mint Gold 7/4 Fav
  • Jockey: D R Fox Trainer: Miss Lucinda V Russell
  • Owner: Mrs S Russell & A M Russell
13:50 Athelstaneford - Birthplace Of The Saltire Handicap Hurdle
1m 7½f | Class 4 | 3YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: Raymond 2/1 Fav
  • Jockey: Peter Coleman Trainer: K Dalgleish
  • Owner: Straightline Bloodstock
14:25 Legend Of The Saltire Handicap Chase
3m | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Theatre World 3/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: R T Dunne Trainer: Ross O'sullivan
  • Owner: Downtown Syndicate
15:00 Saltire.Scot Handicap Hurdle
Div 1
3m | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Permission Granted 7/2 Fav
  • Jockey: C O'Farrell Trainer: Mrs R Dobbin
  • Owner: Ronnie Jacobs & Rose Dobbin
15:35 Saltire.Scot Handicap Hurdle
Div 2
3m | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Pakie's Dream 5/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: Sean Quinlan Trainer: J Candlish
  • Owner: Mr Alan Baxter

Address & Contact

Musselburgh Racecourse
Linkfield Road
East Lothian
EH21 7RG
0131 6652859

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