Approx no. of meetings
Rail from London (4 and a half hours from London, Change at Edinburgh Waverley)
Bus from (Bus from town centre or from Edinburgh)
Railway station to Racecourse (2 Miles)
Taxis – Rare enough to book
One main stand with A long history. All standing, but three bars at the top with seating. Champagne bar, main bar and several other bars under the stands. Tote available in all bars and free standing.
We stayed in the Carberry tower which is amazing, but there a lots of other hotels available.
Open ticket on the day, but not clear if multiple types exist for larger meetings.
(2) Return before challenge complete
(05 May 2017– UK Tracks Visited (25))
There will be a theme over the next few days and a joke we will be sharing with our Scottish brethren, and it concerns the weather. The sun shone At Musselburgh, in May. It continued to shine for the next week. The joke, that we sacrificed a goat to the great God Imhotep (apologies to Hugh Dennis for stealing his pronunciation.). We have this down to such a fine art, that one goat equals one week of sunshine at the races. It is by the way the driest winter and Spring in 20 years and all the reservoirs are down, just to reinforce this.
Back to the racecourse; what a fabulous find. In the heart of downtown Musselburgh, just about 6 miles outside Edinburgh. Flat racing only and with either a 5 or 6f straight or for the longer races a vicious sharp curve that cuts into the straight 5f out. This would be a great fit for the horses who do well at tracks like Beverley and ignoring the jumps aspect, Chester.
The layout is simple and delightful. Enter the gates and you are faced with the back of the main stand. To your left a champagne lawn and then further in the small parade ring and winners podium. Once we had gotten our bearing, taken photos and tweeted/Checked in/social media’d to our hearts content, Madam Hoof got on seriously with getting a bottle and a table at the champagne bar.
Bars, this is a topic all on its own. There is a wealth of hostelries available to suit whatever your tastes are and fortunately there is sufficient space that corporate boxes do not push out the best views for the everyday race punter. The service was very good and we felt everyone knew what they were doing. This was the afternoon after a race night the previous evening and not terribly busy, so that may have had something to do with it.
The weather as mentioned, was sunny, but it was still cold with a fierce wind coming off the sea. This is a track to dress warm at, but I am also pleased to say, one to dress up at. There was much finery on display even for a Friday afternoon in early May with the girls looking resplendent in dresses and the men decked out in fine three piece suits. There was the ubiquitous hen do, but it did not detract from the Hoofs having fun.
On a final note, there is much speculation in the press about this course having its temporary racing licence revoked and on-going arguments with the local council which may force it to close. This would be a travesty, as it a fine race course with a long history and an important part of the five courses left in Scotland.
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