The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Final Flat Racing Action of 2011 at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

Ayr Racecourse stages its final flat meeting of the 2011 season this Saturday 29 October with a seven race card scheduled.


One of the highlights of the afternoon will be the awards for the top jockey, trainer and owner for the flat campaign at Ayr with Paul Hanagan, Richard Fahey and Ken McGarrity leading their respective championships.

Hanagan, on course for his second successive British Champion Jockeys title, is likely to be in action along with other leading riders including Tom Eaves, Phillip Makin and PJ McDonald.

The racing is due to come under starter's orders at 2.10pm with the Miss Ellie British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing E.B.F. Maiden Stakes and the feature race of the afternoon is the John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap due off at 4.25pm.

There is a good mix of races including two sprints, several middle distant contests and a one mile seven furlong marathon.

Gates open at 12.10pm, first race is 2.10pm and the last race, the Best Odds Guaranteed At Victorchandler.com Handicap is off at 5.30pm.

Change of track at Ayr Racecourse

Ayr Racecourse’s final flat meeting of the season - John Smith’s Raceday on Saturday 29 October - will now be run on the hurdles track, and as a result there will be no races below the distance of nine furlongs.

The British Horseracing Authority took the decision to transfer the fixture to the hurdle course following heavy rainfall over the last three weeks.

Ayr Clerk of the Course Emma Marley commented: “The heavy rainfall onto a frequently raced-on surface has meant the flat course has become unraceable with waterlogging creating false patches of ground.

“Due to an inclement weather forecast, the Managing Executive and BHA Inspectorate consider it necessary to switch flat racing to the hurdle course in order to provide fresh ground and a raceable surface for Saturday 29 October.

“Races on the day have therefore been altered to accommodate racing on this course, and will be run over one mile, one furlong to one mile, seven furlongs. There will be a maximum of 12 runners per race.

“During the past three weeks we have recorded our highest amount of monthly rainfall for the year, with 187mm or 7.4 inches of rain falling on the track, which is well above our October monthly average of 112.5 mm.”

One of the highlights of the afternoon will be the awards for the top jockey, trainer and owner for the flat campaign at Ayr with Paul Hanagan, Richard Fahey and Ken McGarrity leading their respective championships.

Hanagan, on course for his second successive British Champion Jockeys title, is likely to be in action along with other leading riders including Tom Eaves, Phillip Makin and PJ McDonald.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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