Racing News & Course Reports

Musselburgh Gets Royal Approval For £100,000 The Queens Cup

New Easter Saturday £200k Meeting and Scottish Cheltenham Trials Weekend

Musselburgh Racecourse has been given Royal approval to name a new race after Her Majesty The Queen.

The Queen’s Cup will a £100,000 staying open heritage handicap race over 14 furlongs for four year olds and upwards and is the feature race on a £200,000 card which launches a new Easter Saturday fixture for the East Lothian track.

Musselburgh Racecourse chief executive, Bill Farnsworth, said he hoped The Queen’s Cup would be established as the first of the Flat season’s top staying handicaps, preceding the Chester Cup, Northumberland Plate and the Betfred Ebor.

In a shake-up of fixtures Musselburgh has swapped its traditional Easter Sunday fixture with Ffos Las racecourse to allow it to extend the long running Scottish Cheltenham Trials event in February in to a weekend festival, while the Good Friday fixture has been snapped up by ARC.

The Scottish Cheltenham Trials weekend (4-5 Feb) will boast prize money of £250,000 and a new four-mile race, the £40,000 Edinburgh National, will be the longest race ever run at Musselburgh and a preparation race for the big staying events at the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National.

Bill Farnsworth said: “We are delighted to have obtained the personal approval of The Queen to name a race in her honour following her recent visit to the course to mark our Bi-Centenary year. We hope to establish The Queen’s Cup as the Flat season’s first top quality staying handicap, and while it was disappointing to lose our Good Friday meeting, we are excited about the prospect of building a first class Easter Saturday fixture.

“The swap with Ffos Las of our Easter Sunday meeting allows us to extend our highly successful Scottish Cheltenham Trials to two days and with more than £250,000 on offer, this will be another step forward in cementing Musselburgh’s credentials as a leading UK track.”

Musselburgh’s 19 fixture Flat season starts on 15 April 2017, Easter Saturday.

MUSSELBURGH Friday 5 August

JOE FANNING is looking forward to the ride on Vive Ma Fille at Musselburgh on Friday as he bids to land the feature race for the third time in four years.

Mark Johnston’s filly faces seven rivals in the £25,000 Archerfield Cup, an event staged over 1m 6f that the jockey scooped in 2013 and 2014 with Party Line and Clem My Boy respectively.
Fanning said: “It’s a nice prize to win and she’s got a decent chance. We were second at Musselburgh last summer in the Edinburgh Cup and weren’t far behind the winner that day. She has led in the past but she doesn’t have to make the running and I think this distance is more of her trip.”

Johnston also saddles Zand while Cape Of Glory represents Keith Dalgleish who won last year’s renewal with Pressure Point.

In the EBF Scottish Premier Series Fillies’ Handicap, Symposium is an interesting runner at the East Lothian venue for Newmarket trainer William Haggas who has sent out seven course winners from just twelve runners in the past five years.

She was denied a clear run when an unlucky third at Windsor recently and is tried in first-time cheekpieces for her owners, The Royal Ascot Racing Club.

For more information contact Gordon Brown on 07850 258063 for Scottish Racing.

Musselburgh Racecourse To Welcome The Queen For 200th Birthday Celebrations

 Her Majesty Will Present Bi-Centenary Cup To Race Winners

Musselburgh Racecourse is delighted to confirm Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburgh, will visit the East Lothian track on Friday, 8 July.

The Royal visit is the highpoint of the racecourse’s Bi-Centenary Raceday which celebrates 200 years of horseracing on the links course. The occasion also gives Scottish racing fans and East Lothian residents the chance to see The Queen in her 90th birthday year.

Her Majesty will present a specially commissioned Bi-Centenary Cup to the winning connections of the feature race

Bill Farnsworth, Musselburgh Racecourse chief executive, said: “We are thrilled and honoured to host Her Majesty and Prince Phillip in a double celebration of her landmark 90th birthday and the 200th year since racing was established at Musselburgh.

“The Queen is synonymous with horseracing and we are delighted she has decided to visit Musselburgh as part of Holyrood Week and put the Royal seal on our 200th birthday celebrations. We are sure she will see many changes since she last visited in 1995 and we hope to put on an exciting raceday for her and the Royal guests.”

The racecourse appealed to racing fans and local residents to make the Royal visit a family occasion, encouraging them to bring picnics and enjoy a day’s full programme of festivities and family entertainments. Music will be provided by The Regimental Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Pipes and Drums of The Royal Scots Borderers, accompanied by Royal Regiment of Scotland mascots, Cruachan lll and lV.

The Royal party will be hosted in the Queen’s Stand in which the Queen performed the official opening 21 years ago and will be treated to an exhibition Harness Race before the Bi-Centenary Cup Race.

Sarah Montgomery, the racecourse’s senior operations and commercial manager, added: “This is an opportunity for families, friends and work colleagues to come to Musselburgh to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday and our own 200 years as a horse racing venue. We are all looking forward to what will be a very special occasion and we could not have hoped for a better way to crown our Bi-Centenary year.”

Community, educational and charity organisations taking part in the Bi-Centenary Raceday include Racing Together, Sporting Memories, Scottish Racing, Great British Racing, and East Coast FM.

The racecourse is offering a £5 discount on the usual £25 admission fee to racegoers booking online and all children aged 17 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

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