Kelso – 29/12/13
The Christmas/New Year break gave me the perfect opportunity to visit a racecourse that’s been on my “to do” list for quite some time.
Combined with a day’s shopping in Edinburgh on the Saturday (to keep the family happy) it proved the perfect pick me up for the post Christmas blues.
The self proclaimation of being “The friendliest racecourse in Britain” didnt disappoint (although I have by no means visited them all).
The £20 Members entry fee was worth it for the open fire and the view of racing from the roof of the Members stand which must be second to none in racing.
I can also recommend the meat pies (had the mince version as I didnt want to show my ignorance by asking what was in the Scottish pies). And as a family man watching the pennies “lunch” was very reasonably priced compared with many courses I have visited.
You will by now have read the results and analysis of the racing but suffice is to say I made the perfect start to my first visit by backing MasterLeaderman in the first race and subsequently completed a double with the all the way winner SettledOutOfCourt.
In successive races mine and my wife’s picks succeeded in bringing each other down but thats racing as they say.
The first of those fallers (Little Glenshee) demolished the second last and, as suspected in view of the fact that the mare never took off, the low sunshine resulted in subsequent fences and hurdles in the home straight being omitted. This lead to a very long run in from what would have been the third last but all added to the fun and happily no horses were injured in the earlier falls.
Despite the bitter cold it remained dry and the overall experience was very enjoyable and one I would happily recommend to any “racecourse hoppers”
The view from the Members stand roof.
The field passes the stands in the 3 mile chase