As the temperatures rise and the sunsets move later into the evening, it’s the perfect time for Musselburgh’s flat racing season. We’ve already had the Edinburgh Cup meeting to enjoy, which was one of the most eagerly anticipated results at oddschecker, given the £50,000 prize purse up for grabs and the chance for stayers to stake their claim for an entry into Royal Ascot.
Fortunately, there’s still plenty more flat racing fixtures to savour between now and the autumn at Scotland’s second-biggest racecourse. If you missed out on catching the Edinburgh Cup action and you’d like to arrange a visit to Musselburgh this summer, take note of the following flat race fixtures still to come in 2022.
The Inch’s Cider Scottish Sprint Cup Meeting
Musselburgh’s Scottish Sprint Cup is one of the most popular race meetings for thoroughbreds over shorter distances on the flat. The Sprint Cup is the headline race on the card, which is a class two handicap for horses aged four or older. It’s staged over just five furlongs and one yard, so it’s one of the shortest sprint races at Musselburgh too.
The Scottish Sprint Cup Meeting also culminates with the Queen’s Cup staged on the same day. The Queen’s Cup is a class two heritage handicap that’s raced over a much longer distance – one mile and six furlongs – attracting many of Britain’s best stayers to one of Musselburgh’s feature races.
The Sky Bet Sunday Series Raceday (inc. Jubilee Family Fair)
The Sky Bet Sunday Series Raceday is a single-day meeting and part of a new three-Sunday series of meetings staged at Musselburgh, Sandown Park and Haydock Park. The ‘Sunday Series’ is a celebration of twilight racing, offering fun for all the family. Musselburgh Racecourse is also staging a Jubilee Family Fair to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, with free vintage rides, face-painting and awards for the best-dressed Prince and Princesses on the day.
Musselburgh’s seven-race card meeting is one of its most lucrative race days, with a combined prize purse of more than £200,000 across all its races.
Lucas Ice Cream Family Day
The Lucas Ice Cream Family Day is one of the most eagerly anticipated family-friendly race meetings at Musselburgh. Staged on Tuesday 19th July, it’s a great way to celebrate the start of the summer holidays. The gates open from midday, with the last race scheduled for 5.15pm.
There is free face painting and entertainment for all ages, as well as pony racing and seven first-class thoroughbred horse races. All under 17 years of age go free when accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase tickets are also up for grabs for adults, which work out at a saving of £5 per adult.
The Bernard Hunter Friday Night at the Races
Twilight racing doesn’t get much better at Musselburgh than the Friday Night at the Races meeting on 29th July. It’s one of the most popular meetings on the calendar, with a friendly, sociable atmosphere. There is a jam-packed race card and live entertainment to cater for all guests. With racing going on from 6.10pm to 8.50pm, there’s few better ways to end the working week than at Musselburgh.
It’s still a family-orientated event too, with those aged 17 and under admitted for free with a paying adult. Food and beverage packages can also be purchased in advance, with snacks ranging from burgers, fish and chips through to champagne and seafood platters.
Stobo Castle Ladies’ Day
Calling all ladies across Scotland – get your glad rags on for Musselburgh’s Ladies’ Day, which is guaranteed to be a sell-out meeting every year. It’s the perfect occasion for groups of friends and loved ones to get dressed up and enjoy a glamorous day at Musselburgh Racecourse.
Although the event is not restricted to women, the racing and entertainment is certainly geared up to the venue’s female clientele. Groups can book luxury picnics and afternoon teas, complete with prosecco packages, that are a great way to start the day. You can also choose to dine in Musselburgh’s iconic Grandstand and the plush surroundings of the Epperston Restaurant.
The Portobello Cup Meeting
Scheduled during the final week of the summer holiday season, the Portobello Cup Raceday is another popular meeting with families across Edinburgh and beyond. Those aged 17 and under are once again permitted free entry with a paying adult. This midweek race day stages the iconic Portobello Cup, which is another popular handicap race.
The Portobello Cup is open to four-year-old thoroughbreds and above and is another stiff test of a stayer’s stamina, raced over one mile, five furlongs and 216 yards. It’s often a solid yardstick for some of the best stayers coming over from Ireland and beyond, with four of the seven runners in 2021 coming from the Emerald Isle, as well as a US-trained horse.
The Musselburgh Gold Cup Family Raceday
As part of the racecourse’s efforts to celebrate the end of the flat racing season, the Musselburgh Gold Cup Family Raceday is one of the last flat meetings of the calendar year. It’s another spectacle that’s open for all ages, with youngsters once again permitted to enter free with paying adults.
In terms of the racing, the Musselburgh Gold Cup handicap race is the headline event of the day. This class three race is held over one mile and seven furlongs, making it yet another stiff test of stamina for prospective and proven stayers.
The Start of the Jumps
With the finale of the flat season over with, the ‘Start of the Jumps’ meeting is an eagerly anticipated race day for National Hunt fans. Scheduled for Wednesday, 2nd November, the Start of the Jumps meeting is held at the start of the winter months when the darker nights draw in. Racing commences from 12.50pm through to 3.50pm, ensuring three hours of jump racing.
Courtesy transport is offered to guests at most race meetings at Musselburgh throughout the year. The racecourse runs courtesy buses to and from Wallyford and NewCraighall stations, providing direct train links to Edinburgh and Galashiels respectively. Meanwhile car parking is available on-site for general admission and those with pre-paid online car parking.