Strategy & Policy


Musselburgh Racecourse is managed by Chester Race Company Limited

Chester Race Company Ltd is a dynamic, constantly evolving organisation with an ever-expanding portfolio. The Company owns two raceourses (Chester and Bangor-on-Dee and now manages Musselburgh Racecourse), an on-course hotel - the Holiday Inn Express, two on-site restaurants; 1539 Restaurant & Bar and The White Horse, in addition to a vibrant city-centre bar; Commonhall Social.

The core objective of Musselburgh Racecourse is to deliver growth and this is enabled through identifying racedays with growth potential, high profile theme racedays providing a variety of raceday experiences attractive to a wide range of customers, development of value for money packages, delivering a high quality and efficient customer service, working with our partners to continually improve the raceday experience and the monitoring of costs and expenditure.

Mission, Vision, Values
Musselburgh Racecourse's mission statement is 'To provide the best possible racegoing experience for all visitors'.

Our passion for horse racing is evident and reflected in our corporate values providing a professional environment with a reputation for quality and innovation whilst recognising the value of our people.

Environmental Policy
We are all becoming increasingly aware of the vital importance of looking after our environment. Musselburgh Racecourse has initiated a number of green practices and is officially recognised as working towards a Bronze Award by the Green Business Tourism Scheme.

We work with local suppliers across a wide variety of industries including food & beverage, cleaning, portable toilets, tradesman, security, marquee suppliers etc - this collaborative working has allowed us to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum. Our three main food suppliers source 90% of our food from the local area and all within Scotland which has significantly reduced our food miles.

We are committed to the importance of looking after our environment and make tremendous efforts in the recycling of glass bottles, paper, cardboard, race programmes and green waste such as organic garden matter and grass cuttings. We use recycled paper for all communications and literature and have introduced biodegradable plastic cups for outdoor use.

By demonstrating that Musselburgh Racecourse is environmentally responsible, we also encourage our visitors to reduce their own carbon footprint.

Horse Care Policy
Musselburgh Racecourse appoints three specially qualified equine vets at every race meeting to ensure the welfare of all horses. During a race two vets follow the action from the centre of the course and can attend a casualty in the same response time as the Medical Teams responsible for the welfare of the jockeys. The third vet is based at the stable yard where a close check is kept on all horses, especially those returning after a race.

It is now standard practice for screens to be erected around any horse receiving veterinary attention on the ground. This does not reflect on the severity of an injury but allows the vet some privacy and the horse a calmer environment in which to make a recovery.

The same procedure is applied to a jockey receiving medical attention on the ground by paramedics/racecourse doctor.

The team extends a warm welcome to all visitors, owners, jockeys and trainers and are committed to providing the highest standard of communications, facilities, staff and services to ensure an enjoyable and safe racing experience is provided to all. 

Heading up the team at Musselburgh Racecourse is Bill Farnsworth who has been General Manager for over 20 years.  Bill has served on the board of UK racing's governing body, the British Horseracing Authority and the Racecourse Media Group - an acknowledgement of the work carried out by Bill and the team in transforming Musselburgh into one of the country's leading race tracks.

Musselburgh Racecourse is managed by Chester Race Company Limited since July 2020. 

Musselburgh Racecourse sits on Musselburgh Common Good Land and East Lothian Council own all the facilities, for example the grandstands and stables.