Ayr Racecourse: Vanguard of Scottish Pride!
Ayr Racecourse is Scotland's only Grade One racecourse. Ayr Racecourse is situated near the scenic Ayrshire coastline on the west coast of Scotland. Located on Whitletts Road, Ayr Racecourse is close to the centre of Ayr town and is famous for its golf and Robert Burns pilgrims.
Ayr Racecourse stages both jump and flat racing including Scotland's most prestigious jump race, the Scottish National in April. Other notable races conducted at Ayr Racecourse are the Scottish Derby in July and the highly-competitive Ayr Gold Cup in September.
The Ayr Gold Cup is run at the Western Meeting in September and is considered one of the most competitive sprints in the UK flat racing calendar. The Ayr Gold Club Festival prize money hit the £500,000 mark in 2007.
Ayr Racecourse typically holds about 28 days of live racing each year.
Ayr Racecourse boasts of a wide and relatively flat course. The racecourse is a left-handed oval of around 1 mile 4 furlongs. There is a 210-yard run-in. Ayr Racecourse boasts of one of the fastest racecourses in Britain.
Ayr Racecourse replaced an earlier course that was at Racecourse Road. The present racecourse also hosts a car boot sale and market every Sunday except when it conflicts with race fixtures.
Ayr Racecourse History
- In 1777, t he first official meeting in Ayr was recorded in the Racing Calendar.
- In 1804, the Ayr Gold Cup was first run at the original site of Ayr Racecourse. Chancellor won the inaugural race.
- In 1805, Chancellor again won in the second running of the Ayr Gold Cup.
- In 1907, the racecourse moved a short distance to its current location.
- In 1950, the jump racing course was introduced at Ayr Racecourse.
- In 1966, the Scottish National was first at Ayr Racecourse, after the racecourse at Bogside was closed.
- In 2003, Ayr Racecourse was handed to a new management. A £35 million redevelopment is now in the works to further enhance Ayr Racecourse's stature in the world horse racing scene.
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