Musselburgh – A Guide to Flat racecourses

Musselburgh Racecourse

Musselburgh Racecourse is a tight, flat right handed track. The flat course is about ten furlongs in circumference (Oval shaped) and the venue stages both Flat and Jump racing throughout the year, it is listed as a grade three course.

There are no flat group races that take place at the venue but there is one pattern event, a listed race known as the Maggie Dickson Stakes run over seven furlongs and is open to fillies and mares aged three or older. It was the first time a pattern race was introduced to the course only this year (2017).

Other notable flat races at the track come in the form of handicaps, namely, William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup which is a heritage Handicap run over five furlongs, it is often fiercely contested and a strong betting heat. The Royal Mile a class 2 event, over twelve furlongs and the Queens Cup, a class 2 event over fourteen furlongs are the other races worth mentioning.

You will find that the bends on the track are sharp and in distance races of seven furlongs and beyond, it can often pay to remain handy in a race from a low to low-middle draw, in particular on decent summer ground. When the ground is riding fast, you can often find in fields with ten runners or less benefiting high drawn horses over the minimum trip of five furlongs, again those that show good early tactical speed or race prominently tend to be well favoured.

Trainers who enjoy profitable consistency at the course are listed below.

Please note: Profit and Loss figures (P/L) is based on level stakes betting of one Euro or Pound per bet to SP.

Trainer: Keith Dalgleish

Any two year old contesting a Non-Handicap

Bets: 61 Wins: 11  Strike Rate: 18.03%   P/L +57.33

Trainer: Phil Kirby

Any horse aged four years and older contesting a 4yo+ Handicap

Bets: 50 Wins: 14  Strike Rate: 28%   P/L +49.66

Trainer: Paul Midgley

Any horse five years and older contesting a 4yo+ Handicap

Bets: 66 Wins: 14  Strike Rate: 21.21%   P/L +53.25

Trainer: Mark Johnston

Any horse three years or older contesting a 3yo+ Handicap

Bets: 61 Wins: 11  Strike Rate: 36.36%   P/L +49.25

Trainer: Brian Smart

Any two year old contesting a Non-Handicap

Bets: 84 Wins: 22 Strike Rate: 26.19%   P/L +72.02

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