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Where is Ayr Racecourse?
Ayr Racecourse is on the A719 just north-east of Ayr town centre and about 40 minutes drive from Glasgow via the M77 and A77. Newton-on-Ayr rail station is a 15-minute walk away with a journey time of one hour from Glasgow Central.
What is Ayr Racecourse Famous For?
Ayr has hosted racing since 1576 but the first official Ayr Races were not until 1771. A jumps course was added in 1950 with the Scottish Grand National staged there for the first time in 1966 after the closure of nearby Bogside.
The Scottish Grand National is Scotland's most valuable horse race and part of a two-day meeting which also includes the Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle.
On the level, the highlight is the three-day Ayr Gold Cup Festival with the eponymous feature the most valuable sprint handicap in Europe.
Ayr Racecourse Track Specifics
Ayr features a 12-furlong (2400m) left-handed gently undulating round course with a four-furlong (800m) run-in which is also part of the straight course. The Ayr Gold Cup takes place over the six-furlong (1200m) maximum trip on the wide straight track.
When the ground gets soft or even heavy at Ayr, races can be attritional.
Biggest Meeting's at Ayr Racecourse
The three-day Ayr Gold Cup Festival is the biggest meeting in Scotland and takes place every September. It was originally known as the Western Meeting in 1824.
The 25-runner cavalry charge that is the Ayr Gold Cup is the obvious centrepiece and there are lucrative Silver and Bronze Cups for horses which do not make the cut.
The festival also features Scotland's only Group race, the Group 3 Firth of Clyde Stakes for two-year-old fillies, and three listed contests including the Doonside Cup.
Visit the official Ayr Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!