Aye Racecourse is Scotland’s premier track hosting both Flat and National Hunt racing; indeed it hosts Scotland’s most prestigious races in both of those formats. The track itself is one mile and five furlongs in length with many undulations. Running left-handed, horses face quite a stiff test on the half-mile run-in to the line going uphill all the way. Six hurdles or nine fences provide the test for the jump horses, while there is a six furlong chute going downhill first before joining the upward home straight making for a genuine test for the sprinters.
Racing is all year round at Ayr to cater for race meetings over the jumps as well as the Flat, with the biggest races being;
• SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL – Always a very popular race run in the April meeting. This handicap chase has Grade 3 status and is run over a trip of just over four miles. The race is always competitive and suits those which do not handle the harsh fences of the Aintree Grand National.
• FUTURE CHAMPION NOVICES’ CHASE – Run on Scottish Grand National Day, this Grade 2 chase for those aged five and over and is run over two and a half miles. As the name suggests, the purpose of the race is for potential future Champion Chasers or Gold Cup contenders to showcase their talents.
• LAND O’BURNS FILLIES’ STAKES – A nice Listed race in midsummer for the female sprinters, running over five furlongs.
• HARRY ROSEBERY STAKES – Run over the Ayr Gold Cup weekend, this five furlong sprint is run for the South Ayrshire Cup and has Listed status.
• FIRTH OF CLYDE STAKES – A Group 3 race for talented two year old fillies, the race is run over the Gold Cup distance of six furlongs which presents quite a test for entrants given their age and lack of experience.
• DOONSIDE CUP – Run on Gold Cup day each year, this Listed race is run over a mile and a quarter.
• AYR GOLD CUP – Ayr’s most popular race. This competitive and valuable six furlong handicap sprint is always a big favourite not just with race goers at Ayr, but with watching racing fans all over the country. 27 runners will usually bound up the hill to the finish and because of the nature of the course, many believe a horse capable of staying seven furlongs has an advantage in this race.
CLUB – Other than the hospitality and marquee areas, race goers in the Club enclosure have access to all areas of the course including the Princess Royal Suite which boasts great views of the racecourse, access to the Parade Ring and the nearby Champagne Lawns.
GRANDSTAND – Allowing a great value day at the races, guests with Grandstand tickets enjoy good views of the action and have access to the Princess Royal Stand, the Parade Ring and the Sports Bar.
HOSPITALITY AND EVENTS
As you would expect given the quality of the racing, hospitality facilities at Ayr are excellent. There are two restaurants boasting great service and fine dining, these being the Roman Warrior and The Chancellor Carvery. There are also private boxes to take advantage of in the Princess Royal Stand.
Each private box has its own staff to be on hand for guests and can cater for numbers of 20 right up to 100. Private balconies offer unrivalled views of the action.
Bespoke Marquee packages are also available and give guests all the comforts you would imagine for a day at a quality race meeting.
With many a function and party being hosted on non-race days and this level of high quality and competitive racing taking place, Ayr stands proud as Scotland’s number one racing venue.