Thursday, 25 June 2015
Increased prize money for Gold Cup Festival at Ayr Racecourse
By: Iain Ferguson
FOUR races at the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival, Scotland’s biggest and richest flat fixture, have been given a substantial prize money boost.
The William Hill Ayr Gold Cup now carries £180,000, up by £20,000 on last year.
The Shadwell Stud EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes, a Listed Race, will now be worth £50,000, a rise of £10,000 from last year while Scotland’s only Group race, the Group 3 William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes goes up in value from £60,000 to £65,000 and the William Hill Doonside Cup, a Listed Race, also receives a £5,000 hike to £65,000.
The five furlong Harry Rosebery Stakes for two year olds, which this year will be run on Friday 18 September, boasts some famous past winners including Garswood (pictured above} who won it in 2012 before going on to land the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville last year.
The William Hill Firth of Clyde Stakes, also for two year olds, is run on the Saturday of the meeting and was a Listed Race until 2004 when it was elevated to its current Group status while the William Hill Doonside Cup over a one mile two furlongs on the Saturday has been captured by Godolphin runners on five of the last 11 runnings.
Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown said: “By boosting the prize money of three of our most prestigious races we are underlining our commitment to attracting the best quality horses possible to Ayr.
“Over the years the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival has grown in stature and we feel this latest investment will further enhance Scotland’s premier flat fixture.”
The total prize fund for the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival will now be more than £660,000.
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.