The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Ayr Racecourse hosts Scotland’s first Listed Race of the Flat season

By: Iain Ferguson

AYR Racecourse stages Scotland’s first Listed Race of the 2015 Flat season with the Scottish Sun/British Stallion Studs EBF Land O’Burns Fillies Stakes on Saturday 20 June.

The £40,000 race, one of three Listed contests at the track during the flat campaign, is the centrepiece of Scottish Sun Raceday, Ayr’s opening Saturday meeting of the season and one of the highlights of the Scottish racing calendar.

The Land O’Burns Fillies Stakes is a sprint over five furlongs and has an impressive roll of honour with the Alan Berry trained Look Busy landing the spoils in 2008, Tommy Stack sent Sugar Free over the Irish Sea to win in 2009 and the most recent winner was Conrad Allen’s Hay Chewed last year.

[Pictured: Hay Chewed wins last year’s 
Scottish Sun Land O’Burns Fillies Stakes.]

In addition to this Listed contest there are two valuable handicaps on Scottish Sun Raceday – the Scottish Sun On Sunday Handicap over a mile for three year-olds and the Scottish Sun Handicap also over a mile for four year olds and upwards. Both these races carry £25,000 in prize-money.

Ayr hosts two more listed races on the Flat during 2015 - the William Hill Doonside Cup over one mile two furlongs on Saturday 19 September and the Shadwell Stud Harry Roseberry Stakes over five furlongs on Friday 18 September. The course also hosts Scotland’s only Group race, the William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes on Saturday 19 September.

Looking ahead to the Scottish Sun/British Stallion Studs EBF Land O’Burns Fillies Stakes, David Brown Ayr Racecourse managing director said: “We pride ourselves on the quality of races we run at Ayr, and the Land O’Burns is one of our best known contests always attracting good quality fillies.

“It is also our first major race of the flat season, and we anticipate another good entry this year.” 

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.

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