WhichBookie racing analyst Andrew Blair White provides a preview and betting tips for races at Limerick on Friday 27th May.
Ayr Racecourse was opened in 1907 and hosts flat and jumps racing throughout the year on the two tracks. It has been voted Best Racecourse in Scotland and the North East nineteen times by the Racegoers Club.
The course is located on the southwest coast of Scotland and is considered to be one of the country’s premier racecourses that hosts prominent races such as the Scottish Grand National and the Ayr Gold Cup.
The first of the two courses at Ayr is the flat course which is used for races over distances of 5 furlongs to 2 miles and 1 furlong.
The flat course is left-handed and oval shape, measuring a distance of around 12 furlongs. It has a half-mile run-in along with a six-furlong chute which can be used for sprints.
Being a relatively wide track, it can accommodate fields of up to 28.
Featuring nine fences, the jumps course is left-handed and half a mile around. The course is predominantly downhill with a gentle rise to the finish line.
The course is used for hurdle races run over a distance of between 2 miles & 1 furlong to 3 miles & 3 furlongs and for chases from 2 miles to just over 4 miles.
Aye Racecourse hosts meets throughout the entire year with the most prestigious being the Scottish National Festival and the Ayr Gold Cup.
Scottish National Festival – Taking place over two days in April, the Festival features the Scottish Grand National race for which over 20,000 spectators flock to each year.
Ayr Gold Cup – One of the finest day’s of flat racing in Scotland. Eight races take place on the day in September including the Firth Of Clyde Stakes, the Doonside Cup, the Ayr Silver Cup and of course, the Ayr Gold Cup which has never been won more than three times by the same horse since the 1800s.
Other notable races at Ayr include:
|April||Scottish Grand National||Chase||Grade 3||4m 110y||5yo +|
|April||Scottish Champion Hurdle||Hurdle||Grade 2||2m||4yo +|
|April||Future Champion Novices' Chase||Chase||Grade 2||2m 4f||5yo +|
|May||Rothesay Stakes||Flat||Listed||1m 2f||4yo + f|
|June||Land O'Burns Fillies' Stakes||Flat||Listed||5f||3yo + f|
|September||Harry Rosebery Stakes||Flat||Listed||5f||2yo only|
|September||Arran Scottish Fillies' Sprint Stakes||Flat||Listed||5f 110y||3yo + f|
|September||Doonside Cup||Flat||Listed||1m 2f||3yo +|
|September||Firth of Clyde Stakes||Flat||Group 3||6f||2yo only f|
|September||Ayr Gold Cup||Flat||Handicap||6f||3yo +|
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|Address||Whitletts Rd, Ayr KA8 0JE|
|Nearest Train Station||Ayr Station|
|Nearest Airport||Glasgow/Prestwick (PIK)|