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If you’re looking for anything to do with race Ayr races today, then we can help. This is our complete guide to everything from a betting perspective at the home of the Scottish Grand National and Ayr Gold Cup. View racecards, betting tips and even results featuring all Ayr races and runners today.
Ayr Racecourse Fixtures & Events
Historians trace horse races at Ayr today back to 1576 during the reign of King James VI of Scotland (later James I of England). It wasn’t until a couple of centuries later, however, that the first official meeting took place in 1771. That was in the Seafield area of the town with documents saying that course had tight bends and a full circuit was only a mile round.
Although inaugurated in 1804, the Ayr Gold Cup – one of Scotland’s most historic horse racing events – became a handicap some 51 years later. The growth of Ayr races today wouldn’t have been possible if a new site for a track hadn’t been found in 1907 in the Craigie area. Ayr Racecourse has been at this location on the floodplain of the River Ayr close to its mouth where it empties into the Firth of Clyde ever since.
The inspiration for races at Ayr today in terms of course layout came from Newbury races down in Berkshire. Both are left-handed and relatively flat, galloping tracks. The only difference is with the length of the straight course. At Ayr, this is six furlongs for the premier sprint handicap in Scotland, if not Europe. Newbury’s straight is a mile long.
Configuration of Ayr Races Today
When Bogside Racecourse, situated a dozen miles north, closed in the mid-1960s, Ayr assumed hosting duties for the Scottish Grand National. They were only able to do this because a jumps track for National Hunt horse racing events was installed in 1950. The round course at Ayr Racecourse is a mile-and-a-half for a complete circuit.
There is a chute in the back straight for mile-and-a-quarter races on the Flat, plus one in the home straight for steeplechases over two miles or three-and-a-quarter miles. The hurdles track has three down the back and as many after turning for home. On the chase course, meanwhile, the third of four fences in the back straight is an open ditch.
After jumping the cross fence, there are four more in the home straight. The second one of those down is another open ditch. Horses competing in the Scottish Grand National must complete three circuits of the track and cross 27 fences over four gruelling miles. Due to its proximity to both river and sea, the going can get very heavy during the winter.
Top Meetings & Races at Ayr Today
|Key Ayr Racecourse Fixtures||Type of Races||Feature Race||When|
|Scottish Grand National Festival||National Hunt||Scottish Grand National||April|
|Ayr Gold Cup Festival||Flat||Ayr Gold Cup||September|
Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr
Before the end of the National Hunt season, Ayr hosts its big event in that code. The Scottish Grand National Festival traditionally takes place between the Aintree Grand National and the Jump Finale Sandown races in April. It’s a two-day meeting with the big races including the Scottish Champion Hurdle, also run as a handicap, on the Saturday. Here are all the important races from across both cards:
|Ayr Scottish Grand National Festival Races||Class of Race||Type of Race||Distance||Day|
|Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase||Listed||Handicap Chase||2m 4½f||Friday|
|Coral Mares’ Handicap Hurdle||Class 2||Handicap Hurdle||3m ½f||Friday|
|Scotty Brand Handicap Chase||Listed||Handicap Chase||2m ½f||Saturday|
|Novices’ Champion Handicap Chase||Class 2||Handicap Chase||3m||Saturday|
|Scottish Champion Hurdle||Grade 2||Limited Handicap||2m||Saturday|
|Future Champion Novices’ Chase||Grade 2||Steeplechase||2m 4½f||Saturday|
|Scottish Grand National||Grade 3||Handicap Chase||4m||Saturday|
|Tennent’s Handicap Hurdle||Class 2||Handicap Hurdle||2m 5½f||Saturday|
Ayr Gold Cup Festival
Ayr races today go back well over 200 years for their own Gold Cup. A sprint handicap on the Flat over six furlongs, the race is so oversubscribed there are two consolation races for horses that miss the cut. The Ayr Silver Cup and Ayr Bronze Cup are also run at the same meeting in mid-September with the cards also containing a Group 3 besides Listed races and other handicaps. Here are the most important events at the Ayr Gold Cup Festival fixture:
|Ayr Gold Cup Festival Races||Class of Race||Type of Race||Distance||Day|
|Kilkerran Cup||Class 2||3yo+ Flat Handicap||1m 2f||Thursday|
|Harry Rosebery Stakes||Listed||2yo Flat Race||5f||Friday|
|Arran Scottish Sprint Fillies’ Stakes||Listed||3yo+ Flat Race||5½f||Friday|
|Ayr Bronze Cup||Consolation Race||3yo+ Flat Handicap||6f||Friday|
|Doonside Cup||Listed||3yo+ Flat Race||1m 2f||Saturday|
|Ayr Silver Cup||Consolation Race||3yo+ Flat Handicap||6f||Saturday|
|Firth Of Clyde Fillies’ Stakes||Group 3||2yo Flat Race||6f||Saturday|
|Ayr Gold Cup||Heritage Handicap||3yo+ Flat Handicap||6f||Saturday|
|Ayrshire Handicap||Class 2||3yo+ Flat Handicap||1m||Saturday|
Other Black Type Races at Ayr Today
Outside of the two big meetings, there are many more minor racedays over both jumps and on the Flat. There are a couple of Listed races on the level during summertime with all the details on these Ayr races today below:
|Ayr Racecourse Race Name||Class of Race||Type of Race||Race Distance||When|
|Rothesay Stakes||Listed||4yo+ Flat Race||1m 2f||May|
|Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes||Listed||3yo+ Flat Race||5f||June|
Ayr Race Card Today
You can see the Ayr racecard today right here at the top of this very page. It displays alongside all other UK horse racing meetings from the same day. Here is what you’ll find on the Ayr races today race card. Silks, odds from the top horse racing betting sites and essential information like trainer, jockey and course and distance form.
A look at the Ayr races race card arms you with all the information you need to decide whether or not to have a bet. We hope you will through SportsLens and that is why we provide this service. The Ayr racecard today is just one of a number of meetings you can look at. Remember, we have all of today’s racecards from the UK available.
As well as the Ayr races today race card on offer, we also look ahead at events coming up. If there’s meetings on across two or more days, just like the Scottish Grand National Festival and Ayr Gold Cup Festival, then it’s also helpful to have tomorrow’s racecards to hand. You may find some early value in the betting when you take a look. View the Ayr race card today at the top of the page for all the action.
Tips for Ayr Races Today
We also have Ayr races tips for today available to you with various angles covered. Get expert horse racing tips from all the best action up in Scotland. It doesn’t matter if the Ayr Gold Cup or Scottish Grand National is on, or there’s a quieter meeting taking place. SportsLens tipsters tackle every day in the same vein with a hungry pursuit of winners and value bets. Our Ayr races today tips reflect that.
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All in all, we’re sure you’ll find something you like among Ayr races tips today with all the major meetings covered. We also tap into the minds of industry insiders and leading figures from the world of horse racing too. Some of them aren’t shy about giving Ayr betting tips, so check out the fancied horses below:
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Ayr Races Today Results
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The Last Word
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