Start of the Flat at Ayr

04 May 2017

Start of the Flat at Ayr

The 2017 Flat season at Ayr Racecourse launches on Monday May 8 and Tuesday May 9 with the Spring Festival meeting.

There are seven races scheduled for each day and a total of £80,000 in prize-money on offer across the two days.

Some of the leading stables in the country are likely to be represented with Keith Dalgleish, Jim Goldie, Iain Jardine, Mark Johnston, John Quinn and Richard Fahey all with entries.

Monday will also see a return to action at Ayr for jockey Paul Hanagan who was leading rider there for many seasons before moving south in 2012 to take up a retainer with leading owner Hamdan Al Maktoum.  His return north to ride for Richard Fahey will see him back at his old hunting ground.

The feature race on Monday is a Class 3 mile handicap and Scottish trainers have a strong hand here with Iain Jardine’s Hibou, Nicholas T, a recent Doncaster winner for Jim Goldie and Mike Smith’s Sophie P all holding entries.

The first race on both days is at 2.00 pm with gates open at noon.

Issued by Iain Ferguson on behalf of Ayr Racecourse. For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292-294972 or 07795-565691.

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