Kelso Racecourse is located in a remote part of Scotland, close to the English border. Described as ‘Britain’s Friendliest Racecourse’, the picturesque track was voted the Best Small Course in Scotland and the North of England in 2007, 2012 and 2014. It’s also renowned for its long, uphill 2 furlong run in. The racecourse stages jumps racing throughout the winter. The most valuable meeting is held from late February to early March, with big races such as the Morebattle Hurdle, Premier Kelso Chase and Premier Kelso Hurdle.
Kelso Betting Tips
Kelso boasts separate chase and hurdles courses; both are sharp left-handed tracks. By design it’s a sharp track, but due to racing predominantly in the winter months the going is often worse due to weather affected ground. This ground proves a much sterner test for horses and must be considered when choosing our Kelso tips. With the premium very much on stamina, races can often take some getting. This is particularly true on the hurdles course, with longer gaps between fences and a tough uphill run in.
Kelso Betting Trends
Lucinda Russell horses are no strangers to Kelso races, but the man to watch out for in the bigger races is Donald McCain. The son of legendary trainer ‘Ginger’ McCain has the best strike rate at the course over hurdles in the last three years. He has amassed prize money of more than £140,000 in both codes.
Unsurprisingly, recently retired jockey Jason Maguire has a superb record at Kelso races, having ridden the majority of McCain’s winners at the track. Of the jockeys currently riding, it’s the two Brian’s that catch the eye. Brian Harding has made over £150,000 in prize money over hurdles and chasing since 2013. Brian Hughes isn’t too far behind him on £135,000.
Kelso Feature Races
- Morebattle Hurdle (Conditions) (2m 2f)
- Premier Kelso Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m 2f)
- Premier Kelso Chase (Listed) (2m 7f)