Principal Kelso Facts, Figures and Top Trends.
The venue has the reputation as Britain's friendliest racecourse managing to successfully combine the charm of a bygone era with excellent modern facilities.
The Betting Ring is situated behind the modern Tattersalls Grandstand heightening the atmosphere by keeping the facilities right on top of the action.
The most prestigious race held at the course is the Grade 2 totepool Premier Hurdle (Novices' Hurdle), held in March and carries a prize of £17,103. In 2011 the winner is Bold Sir Brian trained by Lucinda Russell.
Also on the same day is the totesport.com Premier Chase and carries a prize of £9,393. In 2011 the winner is Skippers Brig trained by Nicky Richards.
In the previous month is staged the Victor Chandler Morebattle Hurdlewith prize money of £9,758. The winner in 2011 is Peddlers Cross and trained by Donal McCain.
Several race days are themed, as many are in modern times and include:
A New Year Meeting in January
The Morebattle Hurdle Valentines Day Meeting in February
A Party in the Paddock in March
The Buccleuch Cup Day in April
Ladies Day in May
The John Smiths Scottish Borders National in December
The Final Fling Meeting at the end of December
The most successful National Hunt jockeys to ride here are:
Graham Lee 27–181 15% -26.71
Richie McGrath 20–150 13% -7.69
Denis O´Regan 19–117 16% -32.33
Ryan Mania 17–134 13% -20.54
Brian Hughes 15–147 10% -27.17
The most successful National Hunt trainers here are:
Howard Johnson 24–138 17% +5.00
Nicky Richards 21–129 16% -41.91
Lucinda Russell 19–147 13% +19.63
P Monteith 17–150 11% -41.86
James Ewart 14–80 18% +15.1
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