Friday, 16 February 2018
Richest ever Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse
By: Iain Ferguson
THIS year’s Coral Scottish Grand National Festival will be the richest ever in history with a massive £714,000 in prize-money – a near £100,000 increase on last year.
[Pictured: Sam Twiston-Davies celebrates winning last year’s
Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse.]
Run on Friday 20 April and Saturday 21 April, the Festival features a brand new £100,000 race to be staged on the Saturday.
A three mile open novices’ handicap chase over three miles, it will be the second race on the card and becomes the third six-figure-plus race on the day alongside the £215,000 Coral Scottish Grand National and the £105,000 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle.
The race will be a championship final for novice chasers who, to qualify. must have finished in the first eight in at least one weight for age novices’ or beginners chase during the 2017-2018 season, and will be supported by the BHA’s Development Fund as part of the Fund’s 2018 expenditure.
There are 15 races across the two days, including two Grade 2s, a Grade 3 and two Listed Races.
Most of the leading trainers in the UK and Ireland are likely to have runners, and the top jockeys riding should include Richard Johnson, Sam Twiston-Davies, Brian Hughes, Tom Scudamore and Ruby Walsh.
The principal race on the Friday is the £50,000 Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase, a Listed Race over two miles four furlongs.
Another race to have received a financial boost is Friday’s coral.co.uk Mares’ Handicap Hurdle which increases in value from £25,000 to £30,000.
Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown said : “We are excited by the addition of the new race on the Saturday, and with other significant increases in prize-money throughout the two days it is by some way the richest ever jumps Festival in Scotland.”
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.