Proud to host Scotland’s top races
Ayr Racecourse is not only home to Scotland’s two biggest Festivals – the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival and the Ayr Gold Cup Festival – but also hosts all of Scotland’s top races including its only Group race and several Listed races. There are many outstanding contests throughout the year at Ayr under both codes – jumps and Flat.
The highlight of the jumps season is the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival with the feature the Coral Scottish Grand National.
The latest renewal of this famous and historic race ended in a fantastic 1-2 for young Welsh trainer Christian Williams when Win My Wings, partnered by amateur jockey Rob James, forged clear of his field with the nearest pursuer her stablemate Kitty’s Light.
This is the fourth biggest race in terms of betting turnover in the country and is regularly watched by a television audience of in excess of a million viewers on the main ITV channel.
Also on the Scottish Grand National Saturday card is the Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle and this contest in 2022 was won by the Irish raider Anna Bunina.
Scotland’s richest and biggest Flat race meeting is the Ayr Gold Cup Festival held every year in September with the feature The Ayr Gold Cup.
Bielsa and jockey Kevin Stott won the race in 2021 giving trainer Kevin Ryan his fifth winner of the richest Flat contest in Scotland and one of the most valuable handicap sprints in the country.
Other Flat highlights at the track include Scotland’s only Group race, the Class 1 Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes won in 2021 by Nazanin giving trainer Archie Watson his biggest ever success north of the border.