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Included in this extensive fixture list are 10 Festival/Feature Days highlighted by the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival on Friday April 21 and Saturday April 22 and the three day William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival on September 21-23.
The very first fixture of 2017 is New Year Raceday on Monday January 2 with the seven race card due off at 12.30 pm and the feature race is a two mile five furlong handicap hurdle at 2.30 pm.
Following the last race there is live entertainment in the Horseshoe Bar within the Clubstand with Dakota performing their version of some classic hits and there will also be a dj in the Ayrshire Suite within the Grandstand.
The next big weekend fixture is the two day meeting on Friday March 10 and Saturday March 11 always a popular couple of days with the highlight of the second day, the two mile four furlong handicap hurdle for the Craigie Cup.
Into April and Scotland’s biggest, richest and most prestigious jumps fixture the Coral Scottish Grand National takes place on Friday April 21 and Saturday April 22.
With 15 races and more than £600,000 in prize-money over the two days this is jumps racing at its very best.
Friday is Ladies Day when one lucky lady will win a star prize – last year it was a break to Barcelona.
The feature race is the Class 1 Listed race – the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase with £45,000 in prize-money which is sure to attract some top horses from leading stables.
Saturday sees the richest race in Scottish jumps racing – the £215,000 Coral Scottish Grand National which features up to 30 runners negotiating 27 fences over the four mile course and as the race reaches its climax the huge crowd cheer on their favourites and the noise builds to a crescendo.
Other principal races on the day include the £105,000 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle, a Class 1 Grade 2 contest, the Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices’ Chase and the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase, a Listed Race.
This day has completely sold out over the last two years so the message is to book early to avoid disappointment .
It’s not only the racing that is first class on these days – before, during and after racing there is some terrific entertainment.
The first major race of the Flat season comes on Wednesday May 24 – Tennent’s Raceday - with the Class 1 Listed EBF Fillies Stakes, run over one mile two furlongs which was run for the first time last year and won by Clem Fandango. There is also a strong supporting card and a live band will play after the last race in the Clubstand.
The Friday evening meeting features six races followed by live music and the party will last until around midnight.
Scottish Sun Raceday also combines exciting racing with fabulous entertainment on what is a really glamorous day out at Scotland’s premier racecourse.
The highlight of the seven race card is the Scottish Sun/British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Land O’Burns Fillies Stakes, a Listed Race over five furlongs with £50,000 in prize-money. This race has been won in the past by some star horses including Look Busy (2008) and Margot Did (2011) and 2016 winner Marsha went on to win a Group 1 race in France .
Ladies can win a coin and a place in the final of the Best Dressed Ladies competition at the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Ladies Day on Friday September 23 when there are fabulous prizes to be won.
And immediately after racing there is some terrific entertainment with a mix of a live band in the Clubstand and a dj in the Ayrshire Suite.
July sees five fixtures including the ever popular totepool Family Raceday on Sunday July 9 and Glasgow Fair Family Raceday on Monday July 17 both brilliant days out for all the family with racing and lots and lots of family entertainment which is all free and includes fun fair rides, face painting and a marquee full of fabulous activities.
August’s highlight is on Saturday August 12 with the fabulous QTS Ladies Night an afternoon and evening crammed full of racing and full on glamour.
There’s another chance for ladies to win coins for William Hill Ladies Day final in September plus some top entertainment after racing with a dj in the Grandstand and a live band in the club area.
September sees Scotland’s richest and biggest flat race meeting the fabulous William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival – top racing and entertainment with top class races each day with a Class 1 contest on each of the three days of the Festival.
The £65,000 William Hill Doonside Cup, a Class 1 Listed Race, is run on the Thursday with the Shadwell Stud/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes, a Class 1 Listed Race on Friday and the Group 3 William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes on Saturday.
The six furlong William Hill Ayr Gold Cup is in the top two sprint handicaps in Europe and every year the standard of horse competing has risen and last year’s winner Don’t Touch has since won a Listed race and competed at Group level.
In addition the William Hill Ayr Silver Cup is run on Saturday and the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup on Friday which is ladies Day and features the final of our fabulous Ladies competition.