Full steam ahead for Midlothian racing fans

Jockey Callum Bewley catches the train  to Musselburgh
Jockey Callum Bewley catches the train to Musselburgh

Musselburgh Racecourse’s new Borders Railway shuttle service ferrying Midlothian racegoers from Newcraighall to the course starts today.

The free service, which will meet commuters travelling from Gorebridge, Newtongrange, Eskbank and Shawfair stations, fires in to action on Guy Fawkes Day which marks the start of Musselburgh’s jumps season.

The two-way service will also take racegoers back to Newcraighall later in the day as each meeting come to an end. Musselburgh has reacted to the overwhelming success of the Borders Railway which transfers passengers between Tweedbank to Edinburgh Waverley in less than an hour and has proved popular with Midlothian commuters.

Jedburgh-based jockey Bewley said the new service was sure to be hit with Midlothian and Borders-based racing fans when it starts today (Thursday).

He said: “I know there are many Midlothian racing fans who like to enjoy a day at Musselburgh races, so anything which makes getting to and from the racecourse easier is to be welcomed and Musselburgh should be congratulated for their vision in putting on this new service.”

Musselburgh Racecourse general manager, Bill Farnsworth, said: “Musselburgh Racecourse has an excellent following throughout the Midlothian area and with the success of the new Borders rail link it made sense that we should tap in to this first class transport facility.

“The free shuttle service will hopefully encourage more people to come racing at Musselburgh, and the option of leaving the car should make a day at the races an even more attractive proposition for those who love their sport.”

Musselburgh’s first National Hunt meeting of the season is today (Thursday November 5). Gates open at 11am and the first race is at 1pm.