Saturday, 13 September 2014
Big prize money on offer at Ayr Racecourse
By: Iain Ferguson
THE biggest and richest Flat race meeting of the year in Scotland - the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival runs from next Thursday 18 September until Saturday 20 September at Ayr Racecourse.
With more than £600,000 in prize-money on offer, the sport’s top horses, trainers and jockeys will head to the coast for a terrific feast of racing.
Highlight is the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday, with a field of 27 runners set to go to post for the £160,000 race which last year saw Highland Colori win in the hands of young riding sensation Oisin Murphy.
The horse is entered again this year, but the quick going is likely to be against this mud lover, and his Scottish born owner Evan Sutherland has two more entries in Highland Acclaim and Out Do.
No Scottish trained horse has won the race since Roman Warrior back in 1975, and Jim Goldie could have two runners in Jack Dexter, third in the race last year, and Hawkeythenoo.
The Saturday card also features The William Hill 80th Anniversary Book Launch Doonside Cup, a Listed Race with £60,000 in prize-money, The William Hill Firth of Clyde Stakes and the William Hill Ayr Silver Cup.
Thursday’s feature is the William Hill Handicap for the Kilkerran Cup, while Friday, which is also Ladies Day, sees the running of the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup and the Ebf Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes.
More than 20,000 people are expected to attend over the three days, and for more information on the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival call 01292 264179 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk
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.