Races & Tickets

Ayr Racecourse, Scotland’s premier racecourse and only Grade 1 track, will host a total of 32 fixtures in 2019 – 19 on the Flat and 13 over jumps.

Over the course of the year almost all of the leading jockeys in the country will be in action at the track riding horses from top stables.

The headline racing action comes courtesy of Scotland’s two flagship racing Festivals - the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival on Friday April 12 and Saturday April 13 and the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival which is run over three days from Thursday September 19 – Saturday September 21.

Our opening fixture is our traditional New Year Raceday on Wednesday January 2 which provides a perfect opportunity to continue the Festivities while experiencing the thrill and excitement of seven races followed by a live performance from covers band DeVille in the Horseshoe Bar within the Club Stand who will play for three hours after the last race as will a DJ in the Ayrshire Suite.

Never been racing before ? Then come along and enjoy a new experience for the New Year mixing racing and fantastic entertainment .

Our next big weekend fixtures is Tennent’s Raceday on Saturday March 9 when the feature race is a two mile four and a half furlong handicap hurdle for the Craigie Cup.

After racing one of Scotland’s most sought after function bands Highway keep the fun flowing for three hours with their own special interpretation of some classic hits.

The excitement level is cranked up several notches for the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival on Friday April 12 and Saturday April 13.

A real extravaganza of racing and entertainment which begins with the glamorous Ladies Day on Friday which features a Best Dressed Ladies competition with terrific prizes.

The showpiece race of the afternoon is the Class 1 Listed Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase over two miles four and a half furlongs which carries £50,000 in prize-money.

Saturday features the Coral Scottish Grand National – the richest race in Scotland with £215,000 in the pot and which produced an enthralling finish last year with Joe Farrell edging out Ballyoptic by the shortest possible winning margin – a nose - after four miles and 27 fences.

This historical race has the fourth biggest betting turnover of any race in the UK and is the second richest jumps race run on a Saturday.

The main supporting contest is the Class 1 £105,000 Scottish Champion Hurdle plus last year we introduced a new £100,000 novices handicap chase and we have two more Class 1 races on the day – the Grade 2 Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices’ Chase and the Class 1 Listed Scotty Brand Chase.

Tickets for this deal sell out weeks in advance so you have to book well in advance top secure your place at this special sporting occasion.

Throughout the afternoon and before racing there is an assortment of quality entertainment including a tribute band in the tented village, jazz bands and flash mobs.

After racing there will be a top live band in the Horseshoe Bar within the Club stand with Colin McArdle playing a dj set in the Ayrshire Suite.

Our first ‘headline’ Flat race of the year is the Class 1 Listed Tennent’s British Stallion Studs EBF Rothesay Stakes run over one mile two furlongs and a race first run in 2016 and won in 2017 by the subsequent Group 1 winning filly Nezwaah.  Last year Keith Dalgleish trained Euro Nightmare to win. There is a strong supporting card and a band will play in the Club Stand after racing.

Into June and there’s potent double header – an evening fixture on Friday June 21 followed by our fabulous June Saturday which features the Class 1 Listed EBF Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes over five furlongs one of the fastest run races of the year at Ayr. Previous winners include Marsha in 2016 a filly that went to win two Group 1s and who was sold for more than £6,000,000!

But that’s not all – right through the card there is some real quality racing including the Class 2 one mile five furlong handicap for the Winton Cup a race won in 2018 by Euchen Glen.

On both the Friday evening and Saturday there is superb live music after racing and this is a weekend not to be missed.

The always busy month of July features five fixtures including the Argyll Holidays Family Raceday on Sunday July 7 and the Glasgow Fair Family Raceday on Monday July 15 – both these days features  lots of quality family entertainment and it’s all free and includes fun fair rides, face painting, a petting zoo and a marquee full of fun activities.

One of the true social occasions of the year is our legendary Ladies Night on Saturday August 10 – mixing racing, live music and lots and lots of glamour. Dress to impress and head on down for an unforgettable experience !

Into September means only one thing at Ayr Racecourse – the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival which runs from Thursday September 19 until Saturday September 21.

This is the richest and biggest Flat meeting of the year in Scotland with every day hosting at least one Class 1 contest.

Opening day is William Hill Doonside Cup Day which features the Class 1 Listed William Hill Doonside Cup, Friday which is William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Ladies Day has two Class1 Listed races – the Shadwell Stud/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes and the Al Maktoum Cup Arran Scottish Fillies’ Sprint Stakes.

Saturday sees the running of Scotland’s only Group race – the Group 3 William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes.

But that’s not all of course. The William Hill Ayr Gold Cup is one of the top two sprint handicaps in Europe and takes place on the Saturday along with the William Hill Ayr Silver Cup one of two consolation races for the Gold Cup. The other, the William Hill Bronze Cup is run on Friday.

Our last Saturday meeting of 2019 is Tennent’s Rcaeday on Saturday November 2 – an exciting seven race jumps card featuring the Tennent’s Scottish Champion Hurdle trial for the Tennent’s Cup.

The parade ring and track

The parade ring and track

Top class flat racing at Ayr

Top class flat racing at Ayr

A great day out is always on the card at Ayr Racecourse

A great day out is always on the card at Ayr Racecourse

Spectacular jumps action at Ayr

Spectacular jumps action at Ayr

Our Festival Racedays always attract large crowds

Our Festival Racedays always attract large crowds

Glamour and glitz is all part of the raceday experience

Glamour and glitz is all part of the raceday experience

With many years experience as a Racehorse owner, I am constantly impressed with the effort and expediency with which the team at Ayr work to ensure that the race track is produced to the highest standard possible. Welfare of horses and jockeys is obviously paramount in their priorities. This, coupled with first class hospitality, is why we remain long-standing Sponsors and supporters of Ayr.
Ronnie Bartlett, Chairman, Albert Bartlett