Musselburgh Racecourse is located in East Lothian, Scotland. In terms of prize money, it is the second biggest racecourse in Scotland after Ayr. Musselburgh hosts 28 fixtures annually and both National Hunt and flat racing take place. The course surrounds a nine hole golf course and, due to its proximity to the coast, weather conditions can be quite harsh.
Musselburgh Betting Tips
The jumps racecourse is a right-handed oval track that measures approximately a mile and a quarter. It is flat in nature and has sharp bends, similar to the flat course. Prominent racers have a big advantage, however, as a lot of ground can be saved on the bends and the finish isn’t stiff. The chase course has eight fences per circuit and the hurdles course has six flights per circuit.
The flat racecourse is a right-handed sharp track and negotiating the bends can be very tricky. At the top end of the track, the bends are also extremely sharp, so nippy sorts gain an advantage. Therefore, Musselburgh racecourse doesn’t suit long striding, big galloping horses. Fields usually tend to favour racing by the stands side rail on the straight course. Although the weather can be harsh here, the drainage systems are of high quality. As a result, it’s seldom that there is heavy ground.
Musselburgh Draw Bias
Those drawn low at Musselburgh races have a slight bias on good ground or better over 5 furlongs. Otherwise, however, the bias is very level. Over 7 furlongs, there is a slight bias for those drawn high. There is no notable advantage over the mile, so overall it is a very fair track.
Musselburgh Betting Trends
Over fences, Lucinda Russell is by far the most potent trainer at Musselburgh. It’s also worth keeping an eye on Peter Winks and the Corbett yard who both have 67% strike rates from a small sample. Over hurdles, Donald McCain is currently the top trainer. John Quinn also has an impressive 31% strike rate.
Unsurprisingly, Mark Johnston has trained the most winners at Musselburgh over the past three seasons on the flat (34). The shrewd Mick Easterby has the best strike rate over the same period of time. He has had 12 winners from his past 47 runners (26%), returning a profit of +£30.75 to level stakes. Joe Fanning has ridden the most winners over the same time period. This doesn’t come as a surprise considering he rides for Johnston. David Allan is also worth following, with 12 winners from his last 54 runners (22%), producing a profit of +£30.38 to level stakes.
Musselburgh Feature Races
- Hogmaneigh Hurdle (Handicap) (2m)
- Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial (Listed) (2m)
- Royal Mile Handicap (1m)
- Balmoral Cup Handicap (1m 6f)
- William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup (Heritage Handicap) (5f)
- Edinburgh Cup (Handicap) (1m 4f)
- Scottish Tartan Trophy (Handicap) (5f)