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
04 May 17:10Soft RiskBrian HughesN Richards3/1
04 May 16:40Largy TrainBrian HughesS Crawford100/30
04 May 16:05Alf 'N' DorHarry ReedW Reed50/1
04 May 15:30Could Be TroubleBrian HughesD McCain4/1
04 May 14:55Final ReminderSean QuinlanN Alexander50/1
04 May 14:20Exit To WhereConor O'FarrellI Jardine100/30
04 May 13:45GetthepotKielan WoodsG McPherson7/2
04 May 13:15AlqamarCharlotte JonesJ MoffattEvens
27 Apr 20:15TurandotDavid NolanD O'Meara7/4
27 Apr 19:45Hong Kong HarryPaul HanaganR Fahey5/2
Ayr Fixtures
DateSessionCodeSurface
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 Stott146920.3%
Patrick Mathers105318.9%
Joe Fanning96613.6%
Brian Hughes96114.8%
Paul Mulrennan7729.7%
David Allan73619.4%
Derek Fox72725.9%
Conor O'Farrell63318.2%
Daniel Tudhope64812.5%
Mr D McMenamin52718.5%
Top Ayr Trainers
TrainerWinsRunsSR
R Fahey118213.4%
T Easterby105418.5%
N Alexander84916.3%
K A Ryan83821.1%
N Richards74316.3%
R Michael Smith76710.4%
J Goldie6896.7%
M Johnston64114.6%
Miss L Russell64912.2%
M Dods5568.9%