Persimmon Homes Borders National Raceday 2020

Sun 6th December 2020

RACING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Information for Owners Ahead of Sunday 6th December.

 

Following the recent BHA announcement confirming that owners with runners will continue to be permitted to attend race meetings in England, albeit in a reduced capacity, arrangements in Scotland will be subject to regional Covid guidelines.

While Kelso is located in a region classified as ‘Level 2’, please be aware that these levels are subject to reassessment at any time. 

Owners with runners are encouraged to review their own local circumstances and, in the event that travel is considered appropriate, adhere to all relevant  Government guidance. Kelso Racecourse will provide up to four tickets per runner which will grant access to the Owners’ Zone, which is a separate enclosure to that reserved for trainers, jockeys, stable staff and officials. While owners will be encouraged to stay outside as far as possible, a one-course lunch will be served in the Pavilion Marquee in accordance with local hospitality guidelines. Face coverings must be worn at all times when not dining. 

Scotland Covid Level 2 

Kelso Racecourse is in a level 2 area, meaning we must abide by regulations set out by Scottish Government.

  • Your social bubble must be a maximum of 6 people from no more than 2 households, either indoors or outdoors.
  • You should not mix with anyone from another social bubble at this racecourse, even if you own a racehorse together.
  • All catering will be table service only and we ask that you do not mix with other tables.
  • Alcohol may only be served whilst seated and with a substantial meal until 8pm.
  • Face coverings are compulsory at all times unless seated for eating or drinking.

SEVEN RACES

Gates Open: 10.55am

First Race due off at: 11.55am

Last Race due off at: 3.20pm

Please note: timings are not final and may alter slightly in the run up to the race meeting. 

If you have any questions, please email: info@kelso-races.co.uk.

STAY SAFE AND BEST WISHES FROM THE TEAM HERE AT KELSO RACES.  

Tickets

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Tickets can be bought online from our ticket store, please click the button below to book your tickets.

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Ten Tips to enjoy the day

1. ARRIVE EARLY

The Racecourse usually opens two hours before the first race, but please check each fixture for specific timings.     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

With only one enclosure, there's various viewing areas where you can 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.

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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