Friday, 8 April 2016
Club badges sell out at Ayr Racecourse
By: Iain Ferguson
CLUB badges for next Saturday’s Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse have sold out in advance for the first time in the history of the race.
The ‘sold out’ signs for Club badges were put up late last Tuesday, although Grandstand tickets are still available but racecourse bosses are urging these are either booked in advance or people turn up early on the day. Crowd capacity on the day will be 16,500.
[Pictured: Crowds at the 2015 Coral Scottish
Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse.]
The opening day of the two-day Coral Scottish Grand National meeting still has Club and Grandstand tickets available, although hospitality on both days is sold out.
Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown said: “We are gearing up for two extremely busy days, and everything is indicating a massive crowd of 16,500 on Saturday.
“To sell out club for the first time in advance is tremendous and shows just how popular this meeting is. Hospitality has also been sold out for both days for quite some time.
“I stress to anyone who intends coming racing on Saturday and who haven’t yet purchased a ticket that only Grandstand tickets are available and to either attend early on the day or book in advance.”
Ayr have upgraded some facilities ahead of the meeting by installing a new purpose built Paddock Lawn Marquee, a permanent structure, and creating new toilet facilities in the Chancellor Hospitality Restaurant on the first floor of the Princess Royal Stand.
The two-day Coral Scottish Grand National Festival begins on Friday 15 April when the feature race is the Listed Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase.
Saturday’s card features the £210,000 Coral Scottish Grand National and the £100,000 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle.
The Coral Scottish Grand National Festival takes place on Friday and Saturday and there are seven races on the opening day with eight on Saturday. In total there is more than £580,000 in prize-money.
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.