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A Punters Guide to MUSSELBURGH RaceTrack - Left Hand,Right Hand,Galloping,Easy.MUSSELBURGH Racecourse Facts.

A description of Musselburgh Racetrack - Gradients,Direction,Trivia, - Musselburgh Racecourse.

Musselburgh Racecourse is located about 7 miles from Edinburgh,Scotland.

Musselburgh is different from most U.K. courses as they race right handed here.

Oval racecourse with tight bends,so a nippy agile horse is best suited to Musselburgh conditions.

On the flat there is a 5 furlong straight at Musselburgh with an uphill finish to the line that can challenge tired horses.


Times confirm that the 5 furlong straight course at Musselburgh is one of the fastest courses in U.K.

Musselburgh host both flat racing and also National Hunt fixtures throughout the year.

Just a 5 furlong course on straight course - all races over 5 furlongs take in one or more tight bends.

Front runners always do well here due to tight bends and good ground.

Draw bias for flat racing at Musselburgh - high numbers should be selected on fast ground for races of 7 furlongs and a mile.However,stats show that when the going is testing,there is an advantage in in a low draw over the straight 5 furlongs.

National Hunt runners face 8 fences (2 open ditches) or 6 hurdles each circuit,with a short run in of just under 200 yards.

Jumping is at a premium at Musselburgh as the fences are more difficult than the average N.H.circuit.

Bends at Musselburgh are so tight,that all weather sand strips were laid to prevent the ground being churned up during races.

Racing officially started at Musselburgh in 1816,though races did take place at this site as far back as 1777.

Musselburgh cater for all racegoers - groups can book a Fish and Chip Package through to Champagne Experience - larger groups can also ask for discount on prices - speak to management for deal to suit.

Musselburgh can host your business conferences,weddings,or any other function - just contact events manager.

Both codes of racing,and about 25 meetings each year - also harness racing fans get the occasional meeting at Musselburgh.

There is a 9 hole golf course inside the race track,and was actually there before racing took place - way back in 1774.

Racegoers who perhaps have not been to Musselburgh for some time are urged to visit again as the facilities and customer experience has been greatly improved over the last few years.

National Hunt racing is a fairly new feature at Musselburgh,and was only introduced in 1987.

Musselburgh is a not for profit racecourse and all profits are put back into the racecourse facilities for racegoers benefit.

Betting shops opened in 1963,and many racetracks went into permanent decline,Musselburgh survived,but nearby Scottish tracks Lanark and Bogside closed their doors.


Older racegoers will remember Musselburgh as Edinburgh Racecourse - the name was changed in 1992.

If you have children,look out for the Family Racedays,where a kids zone is set up for entertaining youngsters.

The Scottish Spring Cup,held in June, is the highlight of flat season at Musselburgh,and is worth over £100,000.

Musselburgh is recognised as the oldest town in Scotland.

Disabled racegoers will enjoy their day at Musselburgh races.Ramps give permanent access to entrance and other facilities throughout the site.Disabled car park is near entrance,raised viewing areas,electric buggies for you to use,and dedicated staff to help the disabled all make your day out trouble free.

From fast food to fine dining available at Musselburgh - the restaurants are very popular,so please pre book to avoid disappointment

Abandoned meetings are a rarity at Musselburgh due to micro climate and ground soil

Rail travelers should alight at Edinburgh and catch local bus services,or take cab,to Musselburgh racecourse.You can also take the local rail service from Edinburgh to Wallyford Station where a free shuttle bus will get you to the track.

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