Racing at The Coral Scottish Grand National Festival


The 2-day Coral Grand National Festival sees the cream of jumps racing talent – horses, trainers and jockeys – heading to Ayr in April for some of the best racing of the year. There’s always something for all aficionados of the National Hunt scene  including Scotland’s richest race, one of the country’s leading handicap hurdles, an increasingly popular mares’ hurdle, various other top handicaps and a couple of mouth-watering novice chases which combine to make Ayr’s Coral Scottish Grand National Festival so special

Top Races

Explore our top races below
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The Coral Scottish Grand National (Class 1) Premier Handicap

The Coral Scottish Grand National is quite simply, the most valuable and most prestigious jumps race run in Scotland and one of the biggest races in the whole UK calendar.
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Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle (Class 1) Grade 2

The Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle is one of the very top two mile handicap hurdles in the country and attracts quality fields with runners from most of the leading trainers including Nicky Henderson, Dan Skelton, Paul Nicholls and Alan King.
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CPMS Novices’ Champion Handicap Chase (Class 2)

Run for the first time in 2018 this novices chase is very much an integral part of Coral Scottish Grand National Saturday.
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Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (Class 1) Premier Handicap

This 2 miles 110 yards contest is is normally a hotly contested chase over close to the minimum trip.
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Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase (Class 2)

Friday’s feature race is a Class 2 handicap chase over 2m 4f which was won in 2023 by the Donald McCain trained Richmond Lake, a classy 7 year-old which was ridden by the champion jockey Brian Hughes to beat the Nick Alexander trained Dubai Days under claiming rider Bruce Lynn.
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Coral Seafield Trophy Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)

This valuable race is a three mile handicap hurdle for mares, a test of endurance to claim the trophy.
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