Located in East Lothian and the at the gateway to Edinburgh the course was originally opened in 1816 and is a right handed national hunt course that is ten furlongs and oval in shape. It has some of the best horse racing facilities in Scotland and has been awarded the Visit Scotland 5 Star Visitor Attraction status since 2006
The course at Musselburgh hosts both flat racing and national hunt meetings and holds 24 race meetings throughout the year. It is even known to host harness meetings during the summer months. The standout events come in April with the Easter weekend races which include the Musselburgh Gold Cup and in June on the Edinburgh Cup Race day which has the Edinburgh Cup Heritage Handicap and the Scottish Sprint Cup Handicap Stakes.
Located in the centre of the course is a 9 hole golf course which was originally founded in 1774 as the Musselburgh Golf Club.
Jockeys that do particularly well here are Tom Eaves and Paul Hanagan. With trainer Jim Goldie having stables nearby in Uplawmoor it is therefore no real surprise to see that this is one of his favoured tracks.
There is only a draw bias here during 5 furlong races when the going goes soft if favours runners that draw a low number.
Address: Racecourse Office,Linkfield Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 7RG
Flat: Right-hand, oval circuit of ten furlongs, with a run-in of 4f rising throughout the final furlong. The straight 5f is one of the fastest in Britain. Sharp bends favour the handy, well-balanced horse.
Jumps: A right-hand oval course of 1m 3f. There are 8 fences or 6 hurdles per circuit and a run-in of 200 yards.
Road: Musselburgh, 5m East of Edinburgh on the A1. Parking: Free
Rail: BR Edinburgh, North Berwick
Air: Edinburgh Airport (30 minute drive from the course).