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.

“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
16 Jul 17:10TimoshenkoGavin AshtonSir M Prescott8/11
16 Jul 16:40RacemakerDavid AllanAndrew Crook3/1
16 Jul 16:05Vale Of KentJoe FanningM Johnston9/2
16 Jul 15:35Tommy GGeorge DowningJ Goldie10/1
16 Jul 15:05Rock N RollaCallum RodriguezK Dalgleish5/2
16 Jul 14:30Jessie AllanGeorge DowningJ Goldie33/1
16 Jul 14:00Wee JimConnor MurtaghJ Ward11/2
09 Jul 17:45StardrifterCallum RodriguezMiss L Perratt8/1
09 Jul 17:10Travel LightlyRobert DodsworthT Easterby33/1
09 Jul 16:40Four KingdomsA BreslinR Michael Smith11/4
Ayr Fixtures
DateSessionCodeSurface
23 JulAfternoonFlatTurf
30 JulAfternoonFlatTurf
07 AugEveningFlatTurf
11 AugEveningFlatTurf
13 AugAfternoonFlatTurf
20 SepAfternoonFlatTurf
21 SepAfternoonFlatTurf
22 SepAfternoonFlatTurf
02 OctAfternoonFlatTurf
11 OctAfternoonFlatTurf
29 OctAfternoonJumpTurf
03 NovAfternoonJumpTurf
14 NovAfternoonJumpTurf
29 NovAfternoonJumpTurf
Top Jockeys
JockeyWinsRunsSR
Brian Hughes156423.4%
Graham Lee83821.1%
Ross Chapman72725.9%
Ryan Day72330.4%
P J Mcdonald74216.7%
Paul Mulrennan63915.4%
Henry Brooke63915.4%
Jason Hart62623.1%
Derek Fox65012.0%
Callum Rodriguez52817.9%
Top Trainers
TrainerWinsRunsSR
J Goldie111209.2%
K Dalgleish111129.8%
Miss L Russell105817.2%
R Michael Smith108611.6%
N Richards104323.3%
I Jardine96713.4%
R Fahey74914.3%
M Dods63417.6%
D McCain61931.6%
K A Ryan52321.7%