A Guide to Kelso Race Course

A Guide To Kelso Race Course

Described on its own website as “Britains Friendliest Racecourse”, Kelso has won the award for “Best Small Course in Scotland” three times by the Racegoers Club.

Racing has taken place at Kelso since 1734  and until 1888 was exclusively a Flat racing track. Since then though Kelso runs National Hunt rules meaning that Flat racing no longer takes part there.

The Premier Kelso Hurdle is run every March here and is a Grade 2 National Hunt Hurdle race. It is open to horses aged 4 years old and older and takes place over a distance of 2 miles, 2 furlongs and 25 yards.

There are two courses at Kelso, a Chase track which is left handed and measures 1 mile and 600 yards in an oval, and a Hurdle course which is 1 mile and 330 yards. The Hurdle course is also left handed. Both courses are generally flat with some undulations. There are 9 fences per circuit on the Chase track of which two are open ditches and 5 fences on the Hurdle track.  

Bullet Points

  • 2 left handed course
  • Hurdle course is 1 mile and 1 furlong with 5 fences
  • Chase course is 1 mile and 3 furlongs with 9 fences
  • Chase course has one of the highest casualty rates in the country

Map of Kelso Racecourse

Map of Kelso Racecourse for daily racing tips

Statistics – Last Three Years

Top Trainers – Chase

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

L Russell                                58                   9                      29

W Coltherd                          23                   6                      9

A Thompson                        24                   6                      8

N Alexander                         31                   5                      12

S Forster                               18                   5                      11      


Top Trainers – Hurdle

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

K Dalgleish                            48                   13                   17

L Russell                                89                   10                   26

D McCain Jr                          62                   9                      26

N Alexander                         69                   9                      25

A Thomson                           43                   5                      20                                          


Top Trainers – National Hunt Flat

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

M Hammond                       4                      2                      1

L Russell                                10                   1                      5

N Richards                            7                      1                      5

J Ewart                                  9                      1                      3

D McCain Jr                          5                      1                      2                                                         


Top Jockeys – Chase

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

B Hughes                              66                   9                      31

S Quinlan                              32                   7                      14

D Cook                                  20                   7                      8

D Fox                                     34                   5                      19

J Hamilton                            23                   4                      13                                                                              


Top Jockeys – Hurdle

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

B Hughes                              90                   18                   36

C Nichol                                 48                   8                      13

L Alexander                          46                   6                      15

S Quinlan                              43                   6                      14

C Bewley                               56                   5                      27                                                                              


Top Jockeys – National Hunt Flat

                                                Runners        Wins               Places

B Hughes                              13                   2                      7

T Worsley                             2                      2                      0

C Bewley                               7                      1                      3

C Whillians                           5                      1                      2

C Nichol                                 5                      1                      2                                             


Course Address

Kelso Races Ltd

The Racecourse


Scottish Borders


A Guide To Kelso Race Course

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