Ayr Racecourse

Widely regarded as Scotland’s premier racecourse and its only Grade 1 track, Ayr plays host to both the Scottish Grand National and the Ayr Gold Cup festival – which is now the richest sprint handicap race in Europe. This dual-purpose race track hosts both flat and National Hunt racing action throughout the calendar year.

Horse racing at Ayr dates all the way back to 1576, but the first official race meeting did not take place until 1771. Nevertheless, that means Ayr has been the unofficial home of Scottish horse racing for more than two centuries. To date, the remarkable Red Rum remains the only horse to have won both the Scottish Grand National and the English Grand National in the same year (1974).

There are two different courses at Ayr: the straight course of six furlongs for flat race meetings and the oval left-hand circuit of 12 furlongs. For the Scottish Grand National, the course is a challenging distance of 4m ½ furlong with 27 fences throughout.

The Scottish Grand National has been run at Ayr since 1966 when the event moved from its former Bogside home. Meanwhile the headline race of September’s three-day Ayr Gold Cup festival is the 6f Ayr Gold Cup. 27 of the highest weighted horses enter, with those excluded permitted to enter the Silver Cup.

GeeGeez says: “Ayr Racecourse benefits from supremely effective drainage which means that race conditions are very rarely that heavy going. This means that both the sprint and oval courses are generally very fair to all types of horse; although those long striding gallopers tend to eat up the ground more quickly.

For more information on Ayr racecourse, especially draw and run style biases, take a look at this Ayr Draw / Pace Bias article.

“The course itself is also largely level, with only minor undulations providing minimal resistance for most runners and riders.”

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Latest Ayr Results
DateRunnerJockeyTrainerSP
13 Mar 17:30Nells SonMr D McMenaminN Richards4/5
13 Mar 16:55Ardera CrossSean QuinlanW Young Jnr11/8
13 Mar 16:20Tamar BridgeAdrian HeskinO Murphy4/11
13 Mar 15:42Grand MorningDerek FoxMiss L Russell20/1
13 Mar 15:07Cash To AshJamie HamiltonM Walford5/2
13 Mar 14:32The Ogle Gogle ManConor O'FarrellI Jardine16/5
13 Mar 13:57Style It OutHarry ReedT Davidson100/30
01 Mar 17:10Wheres Maud GoneAdam WedgeL Morgan8/15
01 Mar 16:40Slainte MhorDerek FoxMiss L Russell6/1
01 Mar 16:10SirwilliamwallaceRyan ManiaA Thomson6/4
Ayr Fixtures
DateSessionCodeSurface
16 AprAfternoonJumpTurf
17 AprAfternoonJumpTurf
26 AprAfternoonFlatTurf
27 AprEveningFlatTurf
04 MayAfternoonJumpTurf
19 MayAfternoonFlatTurf
02 JunAfternoonFlatTurf
19 JunAfternoonFlatTurf
04 JulAfternoonFlatTurf
05 JulAfternoonFlatTurf
12 JulAfternoonFlatTurf
19 JulAfternoonFlatTurf
26 JulAfternoonFlatTurf
07 AugEveningFlatTurf
09 AugAfternoonFlatTurf
16 SepAfternoonFlatTurf
17 SepAfternoonFlatTurf
18 SepAfternoonFlatTurf
28 SepAfternoonFlatTurf
07 OctAfternoonFlatTurf
25 OctAfternoonJumpTurf
30 OctAfternoonJumpTurf
16 NovAfternoonJumpTurf
21 DecAfternoonJumpTurf
Top Ayr Jockeys
JockeyWinsRunsSR
Kevin Stott126119.7%
Patrick Mathers105318.9%
Joe Fanning86212.9%
Paul Mulrennan76311.1%
David Allan73619.4%
Derek Fox72231.8%
Daniel Tudhope64812.5%
Brian Hughes54211.9%
Conor O'Farrell42119.0%
Ryan Mania42714.8%
Top Ayr Trainers
TrainerWinsRunsSR
T Easterby105318.9%
R Fahey7729.7%
K A Ryan73520.0%
R Michael Smith75612.5%
J Goldie6797.6%
N Richards63119.4%
N Alexander63815.8%
M Johnston53613.9%
B Haslam51827.8%
Miss L Russell53912.8%