The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Two day May meeting at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

AYR Racecourse stages it annual two-day May meeting next Wednesday and Thursday 20 and 21 May. 

Spring Raceday is the first fixture with the opening race a six furlong maiden stakes won last year by The Wow Signal (pictured above) who followed up by winning The Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and then going to Deauville and landing the Group 1 Darley Prix Morny. 

Elsewhere on the card the feature race is the five furlong Class 3 handicap with a prize fund of £12,000 that should see a competitive field of horses with speed to burn. 

The afternoon action ends at 5.20pm with the one mile one furlong apprentice handicap featuring some up and coming jockeys who could be stars of the future. 

Wallaces TCB Raceday on Thursday 21 May begins with the Guinness Golden Ale/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes over the minimum distance of five furlongs at 2.20pm. 

The Tennent’s Lager Handicap over a mile is the feature race of the afternoon with £12,000 in prize money and this always attracts a biggish field with some good horses from the top northern stables. 

Sprint safety limits reduced 

SAFETY limits on the sprint course at Ayr Racecourse have been reduced from 27 runners to 25 runners for this year’s William Hill Gold Cup Festival to allow remedial work to be done on part of the home straight. 

This will mean two fewer runners in each of the three big sprints at Ayr’s flagship flat meeting in September the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, Silver Cup and Bronze Cup. 

Emma Marley, Racing Manager/Clerk of the Course, commented: “By reducing the safety limits we will be able to carry out remedial works over an area of approximately four metres from the old stands’ side rail line during this season resulting in an overall narrowing of the sprint course.  

“We have worked closely with PSD Agronomy to find a solution to a slight compaction issue and are trying our utmost to provide a fair and consistent surface for all races.  The BHA Course Inspector and PJA Safety Officer have been extremely helpful and supportive of this action, with a view to us reviewing the situation at the end of the year.” 

For further information please contact Clerk of the Course Emma Marley on 07881 908702 or 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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