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Ayr Racecourse, Scotland’s premier racecourse and only Grade 1 track, will host a total of 32 fixtures in 2022 - 19 on the Flat and 13 over jumps.
The first Saturday meeting of the year is the seven race Virgin Bet Raceday on March 12 which also features a Food and Drink Festival.
The racing highlight of the day is the Virgin Bet Handicap Hurdle for the Craigie Cup and this race was won last year by Grand Morning from the Lucinda Russell yard.
The biggest and best jumps racing festival in Scotland the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival takes place on Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2.
And everyone at the track is delighted that for the first time since 2019 there will be a crowd in attendance to savour the action after the Festival was cancelled due to Covid in 2020 and held behind closed doors last year.
The headline race on day one is the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase, a Class 1 Listed Race with a prize fund of £40,000 which is run over a trip of two miles four and a half furlongs. The £30,000 Coral Mares’ Handicap Hurdle over three miles is the main supporting race on the opening day.
There is a truly mouth watering card on Saturday with the greatest jumps race in Scotland headlining the action - the £150,000 Coral Scottish Grand National. Up to 30 horses will line up and last year Mighty Thunder for trainer Lucinda Russell and jockey Tom Scudamore came with a late run to win.
The outstanding races throughout the day include the Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle, the Jordan Electrics Limited Future Champion Chase, the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase, Listed Race and the CPMS Novices Champion Handicap Chase.
Also in April we have a jumps fixture on April 12 before the start of our exciting 2022 Flat season on Monday April 25 followed by an evening meeting on April 26.
There is a switch back to jumps on Tuesday May 3 before our first Listed Race of the Flat season the British Stallion Studs EBF Rothesay Stakes which is the feature race of our meeting on Wednesday May 18. There is a further May meeting on the 30th of the month.
June’s double header on Friday evening June 17 and Saturday June 18 with the latter featuring the Class 1 Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes which is the fastest race run at the track.
July is the busiest month of the year at the track with fixtures on Sunday July 3rd, The Likit Family Raceday, followed by four Monday fixtures on July 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th. The July 3rd and 18th are both Family Days featuring top racing plus lots of free childrens’ entertainment.
Into August and the 1st of the month sees our fifth successive Summer Monday meeting and three days later on the 4th we race again before our legendary Scottish Sun Ladies’ Night on Saturday August 6th.
After a short break we return with the Ayr Gold Cup Festival the undisputed premier Flat racing extravaganza of the year in Scotland. This takes place this year on September 15th, 16th & 17th with the Ayr Gold Cup run on the final day. This six furlong sprint handicap has two consolation races the Silver and Bronze Cups with the former also run on the Saturday and the latter on Friday.
Other quality races during the week include Scotland’s only Group race the Firth of Clyde Stakes on Saturday along with three Listed races the Doonside Cup (Saturday) and Friday’s EBF Harry Rosenberg Stakes and the Arran Scottish Fillies Sprint Stakes.