Musselburgh Racecourse, on the coast a few miles to the east of Edinburgh, is the second biggest course in Scotland after Ayr.
Flat and right-handed, it hosts both flat and jump racing around its sharp turns, making it ideal for the athletic, nippy horse rather than the big-striding type.
The drainage is excellent and the ground is rarely heavy. Its seaside setting and proximity to the city mean healthy crowds attend Musselburgh races all year round, especially for its biggest events, the listed Maggie Dickson Fillies’ Stakes and the Edinburgh Cup Handicap.
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A relatively flat, very sharp track. Musselburgh Racecourse always seems to hold quite good ground. It’s quick with the sand on the top bend before turning into the back straight. Chase and hurdle tracks swap round, but to ride you wouldn’t know that you crossed the two, it’s simple. You don’t see horses come from the rear of the field. It’s prominent and you get very tightly bunched until they swing in. Some leaders can get away if they get a decent lead and then it's hard to reel them in.
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Musselburgh races are currently being run behind closed doors because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
This is set to be reviewed and updated in line with government advice, with Musselburgh races keen to welcome back punters as soon as it is safe to do so.
It’s still worth checking Musselburgh races fixtures because the decision to allow spectators in could change. If you book tickets to a Musselburgh Racecourse event that is then moved to behind closed doors, refunds will be processed through the official course website.