Musselburgh Racecourse

Musselburgh Racecourse

Key Characteristics

Musselburgh Racecourse used to be called Edinburgh racecourse. They host both flat and jumps racing all year, and even have a couple of harness meetings in July.

Musselburgh is a right handed racecourse of ten furlongs, with a straight five furlong course. It is a relatively flat racecourse but the turns are very sharp and therefore the round course does not suit big galloping horses. Musselburgh also suits horses who like to race handy.

On the straight course the fields typically race towards the stand rail, although the deceptive camera angle can give the impression that the horse nearest the rail is further back than is actually the case. The course is one of best draining in the country, conditions rarely on the testing side.

Draw Bias & Pace Analysis

When the ground is good or better there seems to be just a small bias favouring low drawn runners over 5 furlongs, when it gets soft there doesn’t appear to be any draw bias. Over 7 furlongs there maybe a small draw bias with high drawn runners being slightly favoured. Otherwise the draw appears to have no advantage.

Over 5 furlongs Musselburgh is a very fair course, with no pace bias, however for the other distances front runners are significantly favoured.

In terms of the individual distances, this is where Musselburgh ranks:

5 Furlongs – 16th out of 31 courses
7 Furlongs – 6th out of 21 courses
8 Furlongs – 8th out of 25 courses

In terms of in-running betting Musselburgh had 5 In-Play losers at 1.01 from 539 cases (ranked 30th of 39 UK Flat): 37 In-Play losers at 1.10 or less from 593 cases (ranked 28th of 39 UK Flat).

Trainers & Jockeys


Kevin Ryan 22.9
Mark Johnston 19.4
Rebecca Bastiman 17.4
Richard Fahey 14.7
Ruth Carr 13.9
Tim Easterby 13.0
David O’Meara 12.9
Keith Dalgleish 12.3


Danny Tudhope 27.8
Joe Fanning 19.3
David Allan 18.3
Philip Makin 17.8
Conor Beasley 15.3
J P Sullivan 14.4
Paul Hanagan 13.9
Jason Hart 12.8


Musselburgh Racecourse track