Musselbrough racecourse is located Musselbrough, Scotland. The course is situated near River Esk, and is known to be the biggest racecourse in the whole of Scotland, after Ayr racecourse. It was opened way back in 1816, and is among the few racecourses that host both flat and National Hunt races. Its strategic position makes it accessible to
many people, thus attracting a good number of racegoers to its race meetings. It is situated near the A1 and the Edinburgh City Bypass.
Racing was first recorded in Musselbrough racecourse in the year 1777. The meetings were then shifted to Leith between 1789 and 1816 before returning permanently to Musselbrough after being allocated land by the town council. The racecourse fared well until 1980 when it went bankrupt due to a reduced number of racegoers after the off course betting shops were legislated. This forced the East Lothian Council to take over its management from the Lothians Racing Syndicate Limited. In 1994, the Lothians Racing Syndicate and the East Lothian Council merged together and formed the Musselbrough Joint Racing Committee whose major role was to run the racecourse. In 1995, the committee came up with plans to refurbish the racecourse. A new hospitality stand and a weighing room
were erected. The Edwardian Grandstand was renovated, giving it a whole new look. Recently, the racecourse has invested a total of 140,000 Euros in an Owners and Trainers private place. The facility is exclusive, and is only meant
for horse owners and their trainers.
The most notable race staged Musselbrough racecourse is the Maggie Dickson Stakes. This is a flat race that allows in horses from age 3. It happens over 1,438 metres, and takes place every June. The initial run took place in 2017. Today, the racecourse takes pride in its annual attendance of 70,000 people, up from 1999’s 38,000, which is saying something.
2020 was something of a wash-out for sport. While (somehow!) a packed Cheltenham Festival went ahead last year – essentially the last major sporting event for a good few months – we had no such luck with the Grand National. I’m sure we’d all have been happy for it to go ahead without crowds (much as it will this year) but unfortunately the whole event was cancelled as we were forced to endure a ‘Virtual Grand National’ instead. Thankfully the 2021 race is going ahead as planned, and in the above video Betway Horse Racing Ambassador takes the time to detail the tough road female jockeys have had in gaining recognition in the sport and the Grand National itself.
So who’s is in with the best chance of winning the 2021 Grand National? Well, there’s a clear favourite with bookmakers at time of writing – Cloth Cap at 4/1. He’s looking to be one of the shortest priced starters (and potentially winner) in the history of the event. Others in the mix include Minella Times, Any Second Now and Burrows Saint. Tune in on 10th April, you’re in for a treat!
Southwell racecourse is a horseracing venue located to the east of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England. The racecourse was founded way back in 1850, and is owned by the Arena Racing Company. It is known for hosting flat and National Hunt races. Due to its unique blend of excitement and comfort, the racecourse has become a very popular venue in the East Midlands. It can be used throughout the year, making it one of the six racecourses in the United Kingdom to be all-weather. In 2007 when the Doncaster Racecourse had been closed up for renovation, Southwell racecourse hosted the Great Yorkshire Chase.
In 2012, the racecourse closed down temporarily due to a severe flooding that caused destruction to the tracks and buildings. It however re-opened on the 5th of February 2013 and its activities continued as usual. Currently, the
racecourse holds a total of 50 fixtures every year. This makes it one of the busiest courses in the country.
This year, the Southwell racecourse will be hosting a significant number of events. For example, on April 20th will be the Free Friday. This event gives people the perfect opportunity to get together with friends and family, while
enjoying the evening races. Free Grandstand tickets will be available as well as transportation from Newark and Southwell. The dress code in the Premier Enclosure is smart casual, not including fancy dresses, sportswear and
trainers. Individuals under the age of 18 will enter free in the company of an adult. On Tuesday the 15th of May will be the Countryside evening. There will be a parade of hounds and shire horses in the evening before the races begin. Those looking forward to attend this event will be having a variety of ticket options, including the seasons gold package, which goes for 72 Euros, seasons silver packages going for 57 Euros, and much more. The racecourse offers a wide range of hospitality packages, making their visitors comfortable.