Ayr

Ayr is a dual purpose track a short distance from Ayr town centre.

Ayr hosts race meetings every month of the year. The biggest jump race at the course is the Scottish Grand National, held in April and on the flat the highlight is the Ayr Gold Cup, held in September.

2007 saw the courses centenary.

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Course Characteristics:

Ayr is an oval track with chutes on both the home and back straights. Races up to 6 furlongs are run on the straight track. The track is about 1½ miles round and is generally level. It is a left handed (anti-clockwise) track. The jump track is inside the flat track.

Ayr is considered a fair course with only a few gentle undulations and the long four furlong run-in allows for some exciting finishes with strong galloping types favoured.

Draw bias: when the going is soft or heavy then a low draw can be an advantage in sprint races with large fields. 

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Admission (2013 Prices):

Ayr has quite a complex pricing structure.

For most meetings there is a single enclosure with prices being £15 or £16, the exception being Ladies night, which is £25.

Feature meetings, apart from the festivals, have a dual enclosure policy with Grandstand £15 or £17 and Club £21 or £25.

For the Scottish National meeting Friday admission is £17 Grandstand and £27 Club and National day itself they cost £19 and £42 respectively. Two day badges are £31 for the Grandstand and £59 for Club.

For the Gold Cup meeting, the opening day is £15 Grandstand and £23 club, day two (Ladies Day) is £17 Grandstand and £27 Club and Gold Cup day itself they cost £19 and £42 respectively. Three day badges are £41 for the Grandstand and £79 for Club.

Annual membership: Club £260 (£234 senior), Grandstand Full £170, Jumps £75, Flat £112 (Reductions available for seniors)

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Location:

The racecourse is a short distance from the town centre and well signposted. Approach vis the A77 or A70 and pick up the direction signs as you reach the outskirts of the town.

Ease of public transport access: Moderate (Rail to Ayr then bus or taxi - on the big days getting a taxi share is easy, making it a very cheap option). Prestwick airport is a couple of miles away.

 

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Suitability for the first time racegoer: good

Last Reviewed: April 2013

Web Site:www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk

Telephone:  0870 850 5666

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