Morebattle Hurdle Day

Thu 18th February 2016

UPDATED TIMES: Gates Open: 11.20am, First Race: 1.20pm, Last Race: 4.50pm

Borders Craic – 15 February 2016 By Bill Harvey

Top Notch set for Kelso’s Morebattle Hurdle Top Notch, one of four Nicky Henderson-trained entries, looks set for Kelso’s prestigious £25,000 Timeform-sponsored Morebattle Hurdle (2.30pm) as the Borders track stage one of the best jumps fixtures in the north this winter on Thursday.

Anthony Bromley, racing manager to owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, said: “It’s a slight drop in class for Top Notch and the trip should suit him.”

Nicky Richards-trained Gold Futures, one of the north’s best chasing prospects, is entered for the Ivan Straker Memorial Chase at 3.05pm. Legendary 20-time champion jump jockey A P McCoy won last year’s prize on the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Holywell.

Jane Clark’s veteran Fiddlers Reel is a fascinating entry for the hunters’ chase at 4.15pm with Cave Hunter set to represent Wendy and Tom Hamilton.

Racing starts at 1.20pm on Thursday with a bumper 116 entries for the meeting and soft going, heavy in places, reported on Monday morning.

Preview 18.02.16

1.20pm   KELSO ANNUAL MEMBERS NOVICES HURDLE RACE (Class 4)
2m     £5,000 total prize fund
for novice four year olds and upwards, which have not won more than three hurdle races

I.55pm   THE BORDER HOTEL KIRK YETHOLM HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (Class 3)
2m7 1/2f   £10,000 total prize fund  Rated 0-125

2.30pm   TIMEFORM MOREBATTLE HURDLE RACE (Class 2)
2m2f   £22,500 total prize fund
for four year olds and upwards

3.05pm   IVAN STRAKER MEMORIAL STEEPLE CHASE (Class 2)
3m2f   £22,000 total prize fund
for five year olds and upwards

3.40pm   KELSO ANNUAL MEMBERS HANDICAP HURDLE  (Class 3)
2m 6 1/2f   £10,000  total prize fund
for four year olds and upwards - Rated 0-125

4.15pm   P & G ALLAN CATERING OPEN HUNTERS STEEPLE CHASE (Class 6)
2m 7 1/2 f   £4,000 total prize fund
for five year olds and upwards

4.50pm  RACING UK IN HD NEXT MONTH STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE (Class 6)
2m   £2,500
for four, five and six year olds only, which have not run under any recognised Rules of Racing, except National Hunt Flat races, Irish National Hunt Flat races or French AQPS Flat races

 

Tickets

EARLY BIRD TICKETS

Get £5 off our Paddock and Members Enclosure tickets when you book up to ONE MONTH in advance. CLICK here TO BUY.

The Racecourse has a choice of two Enclosures:

PADDOCK

£15 [£22 for Ladies Day]

This is the larger of the two enclosures with the newest of our Stands (The Tweedie Stand) providing extensive covered viewing to the front and a large public bar with self-service food and Tote betting facilities.    In addition, the main Betting Ring (bookmakers), Parade Ring and Winners Enclosure are all situated within the Paddock Enclosure.

MEMBERS

£20 [£27 for Ladies Day]

A Members Day Badge allows you access to the Main Grandstand with prime viewing on the first and second floors, as well as various bars and other stepped covered trackside viewing and also the unique Charity Tea Room.  

If you have purchased Paddock Admission and then decide you wish to upgrade to the Members Enclosure, we do offer a transfer badge which is available from the Club Office situated at the Main Members Entrance Gate.

KIDS GO FREE!

Accompanied children 17 years and under are admitted free to the course.

CONCESSIONS (only available on the day)

Senior Citizens (65 years and over) and Students (aged 21 and under) are offered a £3 concession to the Paddock Enclosure on production of valid ID at the turnstile.

BUYING TICKETS

Admission tickets are always available to purchase on the day, however if you do book in advance we offer £3 off each ticket (available upto 24 hours prior to the advertised first race time) by telephoning the Racecourse Office on 01573 221221, or online (subject to a £1.50 booking fee).

Ten Tips to enjoy the day

1. ARRIVE EARLY

The Racecourse opens two hours before the first race. Aim to get here at least an hour before to familiarise yourself with the course, what is on offer and give yourself plenty of time to have something to eat and drink, and study the form ready to place a bet before the horses go under starters' orders.


2. BUY A RACECARD (programme)

This provides all the information on the runners and riders for each race. It also gives tips, a low-down on the racecourse, which trainers and jockeys are currently doing well, who has travelled the furthest and recent form. It will give you a brief overview of their past performance - just in case you want to apply a bit more science to betting than just picking a name you like. The card may also show the runners (in an abbreviated form) of other courses racing on the same day and you are also able to bet on these with the Tote and Bookmaker.


3. HAVE A WANDER

Have a walk around the facilities. There will be plenty of time beween races to explore every part of the course and soak up the atmosphere of more than one particular area.


4. TAKE IN YOUR SURROUNDINGS

The Racecourse is surrounded by stunning countryside. Take a few moments to enjoy the breathtaking views - see if you can spot the church spire on the horizon.


5. WATCH THE PARADE

Before each race you should take a look at the horses in the Parade Ring. Racehorses are beautiful animals and here you will be able to get really close. Fitness and well-being really count, so look closely and it is a great place to select your favourite (if you haven't already made your decision by studying the form).


6. PLACE A BET

Horseracing is a fabulous spectacle in itself, but by putting a few pounds on your favourite horse, it simply adds to the excitement. Remember never bet more than you can afford to lose and little and often through the day is better for your health rhan putting everything on one horse. See BETTING for more information on placing a bet.


7. EXPERIENCE THE BOOKIES

Even if you are placing your bets with the Tote, we would encourage you to stroll around the Bookmakers Area and experience the hustle and bustle of the Betting Ring.


8. VIEW RACES FROM DIFFERENT PLACES

If you have a Members Enclosure Entrance Badge, do take advantage of the various viewing areas and watch each race in a different place, especially the roof of the Main Grandstand which provides a fantastic and unrivalled view of the action.


9. STAND BY THE TRACK

For at least one race, stand trackside. Feel the ground vibrate as the runners speed by and admire the majesty of these magnificent creatures from only a few feet away.


10. JOIN IN THE CELEBRATIONS

After each race, pop over to the Winners Enclosure and enjoy watching the winning and placed horses return to their jubilant owners and trainers and the presentations to the winning connections.

Experience

Experience our legendary hospitality and enjoy a day's racing within the Pavilion Marquee, Hamilton Room or the Tweedie Stand - find out more in our eating & drinking page.

Parking, Eating & What to Wear

PARKING

Free parking for cars is provided in the grass field to the west of the entrance gates. Coaches are able to drop off and pick up at designated points close to the entrance and are then directed to the Coach Park.


EATING AND DRINKING

There are a wide variety of eating and drinking options available at the Racecourse. Anything from a burger to sitting down to a three course meal - see eating & drinking for a full list of options and remember some of these will need to be booked in advance.

Picnics are permitted in the car park, but you will not be allowed to bring in any food or drink into the Racecourse.


WHAT TO WEAR

We do not stipulate a dress code, but the norm is "smart casual". For a lot of racegoers (especially on Ladies Day) dressing up is all part of the fun of going racing. To enjoy all aspects of the Racecourse, you will need to do a fair bit of walking around, so give particular thought to your footwear and also the unpredictable Scottish weather!

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