Musselburgh Racecourse is probably the most stylish racecourse in the UK. The racecourse has been operational since 1816 and is located in Musselburgh, East Lothian. It is a flat racecourse that hosts National Hunt type of races most of which are screened on live Racing UK. This racecourse is the second largest racecourse in the whole of Scotland regarding money offered after a meeting. It is ranked the fourteen UK biggest racecourse.
The first racing activity to be held in Musselburgh was in 1777 but moved between 1789 and 1816 to Leith. They were however permanently returned in 1816 and held on a course that the Town Council had set up. In, after years of financial problems. the management of the racecourse has shifted hands a bit in an effort to help it beat its challenges. A racing committeewas created in the year 1994 to take care of the management of the racecourse.This committee was able to steer the racecourse form the challenges to the current glory. The council retained ownership of the racecourse while the committee paid rent for the the land use and facilities. In 1995, preparations for the construction of a new hospital stand were initiated.
Musselburgh Racecourse is packed with exciting programmes for races together with state-of-the-art hospitality and venue services. The quality of facilities here is very welcoming and operations by the hospitality team are done at a very professional atmosphere. All the facilities are planned in a way that puts them in proximity to winning the post, Parade Ring access to the restaurant and entertainment facilities. The passion for racing in this facility is manifested in the way it is served with style and flair since the facility was opened. The facility has been undergoing various reorganization and improvements in the last 20 years to ensure horse trainers, jockeys, owners, visitors and horses maximum comfort.
Races in this course have always attracted huge crowds of people drawn from various regions in the UK and beyond. It is estimated that the racecourse hosts over 70,000 people in a year currently which is a great improvement from around 38,000 people in 1999. The Ladies’ Day is the greatest day here with an attendance of over 7,000 people. The most notable races here include the Musselburgh Gold Cup and the Scottish Sprint Cup. These two races have continually been growing many participants helping in popularizing the racecourse.
Musselburgh Racecourse has also won some awards including the famous Dual Purpose Award after it crashed the Ascot Racecourse to the second position. It has further won The ‘Betview Racecourse of the Year’ which is awarded to the racecourse that has proven to provide the best betting experience. The ground team too has worn an award for Flat and National Hunt tracks awarded by The Racecourse Association (RCA).
With a very long racing history, Musselburgh Racecourse is a very strong community of positive racing minded individuals. To reach the level it is at currently is a result of able managers and other workers. The racecourse remains committed to ensuring that it remains on top of the game and can inspire the next generation of racecourse stakeholders. A day spent at this racecourse is surely worth it as it will fill your mind with memories that will linger forever.