Musselburgh

MusselburghMusselburgh racecourse is located in the East Lothian council area of Scotland, six miles from the capital Edinburgh. It is a dual-race type track widely acclaimed for its stylish nature, and has races televised on Racing UK. It sits on Common good land, and is run by the Musselburgh Joint Racing Committee (MJRC), a partnership between the East Lothian Council and the Lothians Racing Syndicate.

History

Racing began in 1777 at the Musselburgh, and continued until 1789 when most competitions were moved to Leith. The races made a permanent return to Musselburgh in 1816.

It was under the Lothians Racing Syndicate for the years after World War II, but was adversely affected by betting legislation and continued posting losses late into the 1980s. The local council took over its running in 1991, and brought it back to profit making within a year before establishing a new partnership with the syndicate.

The course underwent a £7.5 million upgrade in 1995, improving both viewing areas and the racing track.

The course

The course is pretty flat, with tracks for both flat and national hunt competitions. It has gentle turns in the starting sections and much more challenging bends towards the end. There are 12 obstacles in the jump circuit.

Within it lies a nine-hole golf course. The course is notable for elegance, be it in service, signposting or equipment design.

Musselburgh is accessible through a road bridge over the Esk, but this is only open on race days.

It has held the honour of 5-star Visitor attraction from Scotland’s national tourism organisation visit Scotland since 2006. In 2011, Musselburgh beat Ascot to win the Dual Purpose Award in the Neil Wyatt Racecourse Groundstaff Awards.

Races

The William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup and the Royal Mile Handicap are the two most notable races run within the track. The Edinburgh Cup, Caledonian Cup Raceday, Stobo Castle Ladies and Easter Saturday are also part on Musselburgh’s calendar, which totals roughly 28 fixtures within the year.

Market Rasen

market rasenMarket Rasen is situated at Market Rasen town in the Lincolnshire County of East England. It is a jump-type racecourse owned and run by the Jockey Club Racecourse.

History

Races in the town were run on different sites between 1828 and 1924, when they were moved to the current course. It was funded by four locals who raised funds to acquire the 50-acre property for a permanent site to avoid the perennial shifting.

A 2008 earthquake did affect the racecourse, but only minor renovations were required and no races were cancelled.

 

The course

Market Rasen is a right handed track, left handed over a length of 1  mile. It hosts National hunt races only, which run throughout the year despite the race type being associated with winter seasons. A point-to-point race formerly held in the left handed track was discontinued and the track is no longer used.

The course is famed for its family activity atmosphere. Children up to the age of ten are allowed free entry so long as they are accompanied by an adult. Group booking allows visitors to enjoy lower ticket prices, but the offer is in high demand and often requires early reservation.

Road and air access are the most convenient ways to get to market Rasen. Note that the market does charge a parking fee, which is waived for disabled racegoers. Air access can be made in three ways: landing by helicopter at the course with prior management approval, 5 miles off Wickenby Airfield landing for fixed-wing planes or Humberside Airport, 20 miles away, for larger planes.

Races

The Summer Plate is market Rasen’s foremost headline race. It is usually run on the third Saturday of July, the run-up to which creates a palpable buzz within the town. The Summer Hurdle is also held during this meeting. The Prelude Handicap Chase is also a popular race among the track’s loyal race goers.