Friday, 15 May 2009
Start of new flat racing season beckons at Ayr Racecourse
THE curtain comes up on an exciting flat season at Ayr Racecourse on Thursday 28 May with a seven race card marking the first of 16 fixtures which will run through until 31 October at the Craigie track.
With William Hill sponsoring this year’s William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup festival for the first time there is plenty to look forward to and the 28 May meeting will also be sponsored by the bookmaking giant.
[Pictured: Regal Parade winning last year’s Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse.]
The William Hill Raceday comes under orders at 2.20pm with a two year-old maiden race over six furlongs while there are two very competitive looking handicaps each carrying £9000 in prize money - a one mile two furlong race and a six furlong sprint.
The final race on the card is at 5.20pm - the Turnberry Holiday Park Handicap over five furlongs for three year-olds.
Paul Hanagan and Jim Goldie will be defending their respective titles as top jockey and trainer and both are certain to be among the winners again.
Looking ahead to the new season Ayr Racecourse chairman Alan Macdonald (pictured above) said: “After the huge success of our Coral Scottish Grand National meeting, we are all looking forward to the start of the flat season.
“It’s great to have long standing sponsors like Giles Insurance, totesport, Laundry Cottage Stud, Wallaces Express, the Scottish Sun and John Smith’s on board again, and it’s also gratifying to welcome William Hill on board for what I’m sure will be a fruitful association with the Ayr Gold Cup.
“Our second Saints and Sinners Night promises to be even more successful than our first one last year, and we have Ladies Night and Ladies Day to look forward to as well. We had great crowds in 2008, and I’m sure we will emulate those this year.”
The William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup Festival is held from Thursday 17 September until Saturday 19 September.
For more information on race days at Ayr or to book advance tickets call 0870-8505666 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk
There are discount available for tickets booked seven or more days in advance.
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