Thursday, 20 March 2014
Ayr Racecourse announces prize money boost for Scottish Grand National Festival
By: Iain Ferguson
THIS year’s Coral Scottish Grand National will have a prize fund of £200,000, a £20,000 increase on 2013.
[Pictured: Godsmejudge jumps the last on the way to winning last year’s Coral Scottish Grand National.]
The race is the second richest jumps race run on a Saturday, with only the Crabbie’s Grand National carrying more money.
And each of the three other races that will be televised live on Channel 4 on Saturday 12 April – the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle, the Arcadia Consulting William Dickie & Mary Robertson Future Champion Chase and the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase are boosted by £10,000, £5,000, and £5,000 respectively.
The total prize money over the two days of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival is £538,000.
[Pictured: Last year's Coral Scottish Grand National winner Godsmejudge and jockey Wayne Hutchinson return to the winner's enclosure.]
Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown said: “We are delighted to boost the Coral Scottish Grand National prize fund and those of some of the other races on the day.
“We work with sponsors Coral to produce what we believe to be two days of the best jumps racing on offer in the UK. We are looking forward to 2014 being another great Festival.”
Entries for both the Scottish Grand National and Scottish Champion Hurdle close at noon on Tuesday 25 March.
The action comes under starter’s orders at 2.10pm on Friday with the highlight of the opening day, The Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase at 3.50pm.
For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.
Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.