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Two Kelso Races Confirmed Before the End of the Year

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In what is seen as fantastic news for Scottish horse racing fans, two final races have been confirmed to be held at Kelso before the end of 2021. Based in the Scottish Borders, Kelso Racecourse has a long history of exciting races, which will continue this year after some doubts about whether the event would go ahead.

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Kelso is a market town, known for Kelso Abbey, Floors Castle and Kelso Bridge, which was designed by John Rennie, who later became famous for designing London Bridge. Kelso’s most famous attraction, however, is its racecourse, which plays hosts to over ten events a year. Thousands of people are expected to be in attendance at this year’s two remaining events, so there’s bound to be plenty of excitement in the air. Kelso typically features the Premier Kelso Hurdle and many other races for novice jockeys and horses. While many spectators enjoy trying to pick a winner for these races, it can be difficult due to their unpredictability, oddschecker’s horse racing expert Steve Ryder offers in depth analysis to make it easier. This is especially useful for beginners.

The grandstand building is the main draw for the grandeur inclined spectator, it is a Historic Environment of Scotland category A listed building, mostly unchanged since it’s erection in 1822. From there fans can enjoy amazing views of the track as well as the surrounding landscape.

Races announced

The first of this year’s final two races, the Scottish Borders National, will be held on Sunday 5th of December. The event will feature the Paris Pike Novices’ Steeplechase, an exciting race between novice jockies and horses, showcasing some of the best up and coming talent around. There are seven races in total but the most prestigious one is the race the event is named after. The Scottish Borders National race attracts the most spectators every year and is sure to be sold out again this year. Last year’s race was won by Dino Boy, an Iain Jardine trained horse that has gone on to place at both Musselburgh and Carlisle.

This year’s final event will be Festive Afternoon Racing, to be held on Wednesday 29th December. This festive themed event is made up of seven races, and usually attracts a more casual crowd, such as newer fans and families. It’s a fun event with many jockeys using it as a way to stay active in a slightly less competitive environment, and with last year’s taking place without spectators, there is sure to be a raucous post-Christmas atmosphere this time round.

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