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Ayr Racecourse, Scotland’s premier racecourse and only Grade 1 track, will host fixtures every month from now until the end of 2021.
The first Saturday meeting of 2021 is the seven race Virgin Bet Raceday on Saturday March 13 which features the Virgin Bet Handicap Hurdle for the Craigie Cup.
April is headlined as ever by Scotland’s premier jumps racing meeting the 2021 Coral Scottish Grand National Festival on Friday April 16 and Saturday April 17 where over the two days we have 15 high quality races.
The showpiece race of the Friday afternoon is the Class 1 Listed Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase over two miles four and a half furlongs won in 2019 by Dan Skelton’s Born Survivor.
Saturday features the 2021 Coral Scottish Grand National – the richest race in Scotland with £150,000 in prize-money on offer which makes this the second richest handicap chase in Britain. The latest running in 2019 saw the Nicky Richards trained Takingrisks win for jockey Sean Quinlan. This contest has the fourth biggest betting turnover of any race in the UK and is the second richest jumps race run on a Saturday.
Other Saturday highlights include the Class 1 Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle, the Grade 2 Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices’ Chase, the Class 1 Listed Scotty Brand Chase and the CPMS Novices’ Championship Handicap Chase.
Our Flat season for 2021 begins with a double header on Friday April 26 follow3ed by an evening fixture on April 27.
After reverting to jumps on May 4 we return to the Flat all the way through till October with a meeting on May 19 which features the Class 1 Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Rothesay Stakes run over one mile two furlongs.
Into June and we race on Wednesday June 4 followed by Tuesday June 22 which is headlined by the Class 1 Listed EBF Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes over five furlongs one of the fastest run races of the year at Ayr won last year by Michael Dods’ Que Amoro.
We stage five meetings in July including on Sunday July 4 followed by four Mondays – July 5, 12, 19 and 26.
Ladies’ Night is on Saturday August 7 this year and keep checking our website and all our social media channels for more details as they become available. We also race on Monday August 9.
Scotland’s biggest and richest Flat meeting is the Ayr Gold Cup Festival which runs from Thursday September 16 until Saturday September 18.
The Kilkerran Cup is Thursday’s feature race while on Friday we have two Class1 Listed races – the Shadwell Stud/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes and the Al Maktoum Cup Arran Scottish Fillies’ Sprint Stakes plus the Ayr Bronze Cup.
The Ayr Gold Cup won last year by Nahaarr, trained by Willie Haggas and ridden by Tom Marquand, is the showstopper on the Saturday which also sees the Scotland’s only Group race the Firth Of Clyde Stakes and the Ayr Silver Cup.
After the Gold Cup Festival we have two more Flat fixtures – on Tuesday September 28 and Thursday October 7 before we revert to jumps with meetings on Monday October 25, Tuesday November 16, Monday November 22, Monday November 29 and Tuesday December 21.