Musselburgh Racecourse

Records show that racing took place on the sands at Leth between 1789-1816, some did take place at Musselburgh during that time. Regular race meetings continued in 1816, and have continued to the present day. It was in the 1990s that the Edinburgh racecourse became known as Musselburgh. It was always a flat only track up until 1987 when national Hunt racing was introduced.
Both Bogside and Lanark had to close, the former in 1965 and the latter in 1977. This was due to falling attendances after the legislation of off-course betting shops. Musselburgh’s future was in jeopardy in the 1980s but was saved from closure by East Lothian Council, who took it over in 1991. Refurbishment started to take place in 1995.
Improvements over the years include The Queens Stand, The Links Pavillion, a brand new weighing room, parade ring, and stables.
Notable races include The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Cup, Queens Cup, The Edinburgh National, and The Scottish Sprint Cup. Top-quality racing is aways assured on New Years Day, with the running of both The Hogmoneigh Hurdle and The Scottish Premier Chase.
As a rule, there is no real dress code at Musselburgh races, dress comfortably according to the weather. Fancy dress is allowed, as long as it’s appropriate and not discriminatory.
The course offers several places to eat and drink, The Bistro, with its hearty meals and relaxed atmosphere, situated on the ground floor of the grandstand. There’s Pinkies Bar, which is also located on the ground floor, which offers hot gourmet pies. Food and snack bars are situated all around the course and by picnic areas.
Tickets can be bought online, by phone or at the gate on the day. There is a designated accessible parking area 200 meters from the main entrance.

Where is Musselburgh Racecourse?

It is located close to the River Esk in the Millhill area of Musselburgh, East Lothian. The course is 6 miles from Edinburgh city center, with easy access to public transport. The nearest train station to the course is Wallyford Station, and free buses run from the station to the class.
Musselburgh sits on the coast of the Firth and Forth. The town has two beaches, which lie on either side of the tidal harbor.
It is situated to the east side of Musselburgh, and less than 1 mile from the A1, and less than 2 miles from the A720 Edinburgh City ByPass. Glasgow is 57 miles away, and expect a long journey of over 7 hours and nearly 400 miles if you’re making your way from London.

What is the Highest Attendance at Musselburgh Racecourse?

June 21st, 2014 saw Musselburgh pull in its biggest ever crowd. The Edinburgh Cup day ran on Stobo Castle Ladies Day, saw an impressive 9000 came through the gates, a modern-day record. The attendance was up slightly on the previous year.
The highlight of the day was the Musselburgh flagship race, The Scottish Sprint Cup, which is worth £100.000,

How Do I Bet on Hporss at Musselburgh Racecourse?

Betting on the horses couldn’t be simpler, with several options available. The Tote which is available at the course is always fashionable because of Its £2.00 minimum stake.
A popular bet on the Tote is the placepot. This is a bet whereby you pick a horse that you think will get placed in its race. This is done over six runs, the first six on the card. You can win big money on this bet if you’re lucky enough to pick all 6.
The easiest bet to place is a straight win bet, which is self-explanatory, your horse has to win for you to collect. An each-way bet is another popular bet with racegoers who prefer not to put all their eggs in one basket. This bet is 2 halves of a bet. One half is placed on your selection to win, the other half for it to get placed. So placing a”5.00 each way bet would cost you £10.00.
There are a massive amount of different ways of betting on horses at Musselburgh Races, especially online, from betting on favorites, 2nd favorites, jockeys, trainers, forecasts, and reverse forecasts. These are just a few examples of the many available.

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