About Ayr Racecourse

Ayr Racecourse is located in the town of Ayr on the southwest coast of Scotland. It’s only 30 miles from Glasgow, which has helped it become the biggest racecourse in Scotland! Horse racing in Ayr dates as far back as 1576; however, it wasn’t until 1907 Ayr racecourse opened!

 Ayr offers both flat and national hunt racing on its course. The track runs left-handed over a distance of about 1.5 miles. The overall shape of the racecourse is oval with an undulating track with an uphill finish. These races feature lengths as short as five furlongs up to four miles!

Notable Races

Being the biggest racecourse in Scotland, Ayr host many of the country’s notable races. These mostly take place during the warmer months of the year between April and September.

 As a result, the first significant race meet of the season at Ayr takes place in the middle of April. This is for the two-day Scottish Grand National fixture. At this event, there are three notable races:

  • The Scottish Grand National (Chase)
  • Scottish Champion Hurdle (Hurdle)
  • Future Champion Novices’ Chase (Chase)

The Scottish Grand National is perhaps the biggest race in Scottish horse racing. This is a grade three race for horses aged five and over, with a distance of about four miles! Moreover, this is a race famously won by Red Rum back in 1974!

The race rivalling the national for this title, however, is the Ayr Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is a flat handicap race open to thoroughbreds aged three or older. Moreover, this race takes place in September and runs over a distance of six furlongs.

 Ayr Racecourse offers all the things you’d expect from a world-class racing venue. The facilities include two fine dining restaurants, private boxes, plus royal stands providing stunning views over the racecourse. 


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