Kelso racecourse Kelso course is a horse racing track in Kelso in Scotland. It was opened in 1822, and is famous for hosting National Hunt races. The racecourse is owned and managed by Kelso Races Ltd. Kelso stages a significant number of fixtures annually from September all through to May. During the racedays, variety of tickets and packages are offered. This includes the Track to Track deal, which gives the racegoers a means of transport to and from Tweedbank station, making it unnecessary for them to use their own cars, thus saving up on fuel. The racecourse has been branded as Britain’s Friendliest Racecourse. It has two tracks, the chase track and the hurdle track, both of which are left-handed. The chase track is about 1 mile 600 yards, while the hurdle course is 1 mile 330 yards.

Kelso recorded its first race meeting in 1734. The race took place at Caverton Edge. The racetrack was later moved to Berrymoss which is its current venue. Its foundation stone was laid on the 12th of July 1822. The racecourse used to host flat races until 1888 when it changed to National Hunt after the United Border Hunt moved there. Its grandstand was designed in 1778 and erected in 1822. It has a private viewing point for races, which has remained unchanged since its construction.

The most notable races staged at Kelso racecourse are the Morebattle Hurdle and the Premier Kelso Hurdle. The Morebattle Hurdle takes place each February, and allows in horses at the age of four or more. It takes place over 3,644 metres. The race started in 1988. Premier Kelso Hurdle on the other hand takes place every late February or early March. The first run happened in 1990, and just like the Morebattle, the distance is 3,644 metres.

 

Over the years,Kelso has estalished itself as a mainstay of Scottish horse racing, and that reputation is put to test every year.

Sedgefield Racecourse Sedgefield racecourse is one of the most popular racecourses in Britain. It is located in the village of Sedgefield, south of Durham city. The racecourse is owned and operated by Northern Racing. The left-handed track hosts a total of 19 race meetings each year, all spread over a period of 11 months. It is located approximately five minutes from jct 60, and about 20 minutes from Darlington and Teesside, making it accessible to many people. Sedgefield hosts National Hunt races only. Apart from being a horse racing venue, it is also used for various indoor and outdoor events such as conferences, weddings and exhibitions.

Racing at Sedgefield dates back to 1732, making it one of the most ancient racecourses in Britain. It staged a number of races each year. Its operations were however cut short by the outbreak of the World War 1, when it was forced to close down. In 1804, a club based on Sedgefield and Hardwick Arms was formed by Ralph Lambton, making Sedgefield the headquarters of Ralph Lambton Hunt. In 1977, Frank Scotto was appointed to be the chairman, after Harry Lane, the previous chairman had died. His appointment came along with a number of improvements. A new pavilion was built, as well as the Theakston suite.

The most notable race held at Sedgefield is the Durham National. The race is scheduled to happen every October, with the horses running over a distance of three miles. Fatehalkhair is the most famous winner of this race, having won a good number of races in the recent years. This year, the racecourse will be hosting a good number of fixtures. On Tuesday the 15th of May will be the Paxtons season finale. The fixture will be sponsored by Paxtons, and tables will be going for 57 Euros in the Hoops Bistro and 40 Euros in the Silks restaurant. There will be a wide range of hospitality services, catering for the needs of every racegoer.

Haydock Racecourse Haydock racecourse is a thoroughbred racing track located in Haydock, England. It is owned and managed by the Jockey Club Racecourse, and is well known for hosting flat and National Hunt races. Being situated in the middle of three towns, the racecourse is easily accessible to many people. The racecourse has been a venue for horse racing for many years now, with the current venue being functional since 1899. Sydney Sandon was the one who oversaw its early developments in the early 20th century, being both the secretary and managing director of the course. It has been voted for as the racecourse of the year for two consecutive times.

According to historians, Haydock was more than just a racecourse. It was a venue for parties and musical entertainment, attracting a wider range of audience other than just race-goers. The racecourse had been functional since it was opened up in 1899, but was closed down during the World War Two. It was used as a station for invading
Europe after the American infantry divisions were stationed in the racecourse.

Today, the left-handed oval track hosts a significant number of fixtures annually. The most notable races held there include; the Altcar Novices’ Chase, Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle and Marsh Chase. The Altcar Novices’ is scheduled to take place every January, and takes in horses five years and above. It takes place over 4,099 metres with the horses jumping over a total of 17 fences. Rossington Hurdle is a Grade 2 race scheduled for every January just like the Altcar. It first took place in 1971 at Doncaster racecourse. The race is open to horses aged four years and above. The Marsh Chase is run over 5,144 metres, making it the longest of the three races. It is open only to horses aged five years and above. The racecourse has a wide range of hospitality services guaranteeing a comfortable stay to the racegoers.