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.

Pontefract Racecourse Pontefract racecourse is a horse racing track located in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England. It is owned and managed by the Pontefract Park Race Company Ltd. The course is left- handed, and is about 5km long, with the last three furlongs steeping up a hill, making the finish very challenging. The course hosts flat races, and is considered as the largest flat racing track in the whole of Europe. It is easily accessible by public transportation, making it convenient to most racegoers. By train, one can choose to either use the Glasshoughton orTanshelf station. Bus services are also available and run frequently from Pontefract to Castleford.

Racing at Pontefract racecourse began way back in 1648. Back then, races occurred at the meadows near Pontefract. They however ceased happening in 1769 due to unknown reasons, and resumed in 1801. Unlike other racecourses, Pontefract remained functional during the World War 2. It was used as a venue for important races such as Lincoln Handicaps. It became the first racecourse in 1952 to install a photo finish, but was among the last racecourses to stage evening meetings.

The most notable races held at Pontefract are the Pontefract Castle Stakes and the Pomfret Stakes. The Pontefract Castle Stakes takes pace every June, and it first happened in 2005. Only fillies and mares are allowed to take part in the race. Pomfret Stakes on the other hand is scheduled for every July. It first happened in 2004, but was run as a handicap race. This year, the racecourse will be holding a total of six fixtures, three of them being Evening meetings and the other three being Sunday Meetings. There will be live concerts, with the Bootleg Beatles performing on the 20th of July after the racing. The racecourse will also be hosting the annual Ladies Day on the 8th of August, where the best dressed lady will be awarded with a holiday for two to the Dominican Republic.

Beverley Racecourse The Beverley racecourse is a thoroughbred racing track set in the stunningly beautiful surroundings of Beverly town, England. It is owned by Beverley Race Company Ltd, and hosts a series of right handed flat races annually, run over a distance of approximately one mile and three furlongs. The track has been functional for about 300 years now, making it one of the ancient racetracks in the country. Each year, Beverly racecourse is set to host a total of 19 race
meetings, with 11 of them featuring entertainment concerts. The races begin from April all the way to September, making it a perfect day out for families and friends.

The first annual race meeting to be held there was in the year 1767. Racing then stopped for a short period of time between 1798 and 1805 before resuming in the 19th century when three-day race meetings were held. The number of race meetings has since then been increasing steadily over the years, and in 2012, the racecourse hosted a total of 19 races. Examples of its notable races include the Hilary Needler Trophy and the Bullet Sprint Stakes. The Hilary Needler Trophy takes place every late May or early June, and is run over a distance of 1006 meters. The race is strictly meant for horses aged two years. Bullet Sprint Stakes on the other hand is scheduled to take each August, with horses aged three years and above taking part in it. It is also run over a distance of 1006 meters.

This year, a good number of fixtures are scheduled to take place with Bygone Beverley race day being the peak of them all. This event will be happening on the 7th of May. It will be perfect for a family day out. Tic-tac challenges,
traditional rides and other fun activities should be expected. Definitely the kind of place you want your kids in.