30 Jun 2020


Ayr Racecourse is delighted to announce that racehorse owners will be able to attend racing behind closed doors at the track starting with our two day meeting on Monday July 13 and Tuesday July 14.

Adhering to plans agreed by the Racecourse Association, Racehorse Owners Association and the British Horseracing Authority,  Ayr will facilitate owners in a designated owners’ zone  - details of which will be advised  at a later date -  and there will be safety and infection control measures in place in alignment with government guidance.

Welcoming the return of owners Ayr Racecourse Managing Director David Brown said : “This is another very significant step back along the road to the day when we can enjoy a more integrated raceday experience.

“Owners are the lifeblood of our sport and by introducing these carefully structured plans they will be able to return to the course to watch their horses in action while complying with the safety procedures.

“We were the first racecourse in Scotland to stage a behind closed doors meeting following the Covid-19 shutdown and I look forward to welcoming owners here from Monday July 13th.”

There will be a maximum of two owners or representatives per horse able to attend and they must pre-register before all race meetings with only confirmed attendees granted access, and they must arrive no earlier than 45 minutes before their first horse is due to run and leave the course within one hour of the final race in which they have a runner.

Owners will not be permitted to move between their designated area and those parts of the course where raceday workers including trainers and jockeys have access.

The plans have been approved by the Scottish Government.



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