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17:55 Ayr RTV
Isle Of Jura Amateur Riders' Handicap (Class 6)
18:30 Ayr RTV
Guinness Novice Stakes (Class 5)
19:05 Ayr RTV
Coca Cola Handicap (Class 5)
19:40 Ayr RTV
Whyte & Mackay Handicap (Class 4)
20:10 Ayr RTV
Tennent's Lager Handicap (Class 4)
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Gordon's Pink Gin Handicap (Class 5)
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Magner's Rose Handicap (Class 6)


Rank Jockey Name Rides Today Runs Wins Win %
1st Daniel Tudhope 0 183 34 19
2nd Paul Mulrennan 0 219 32 15
3rd Phillip Makin 0 168 31 18
4th P J McDonald 0 209 26 12
5th James Sullivan 0 217 25 12

The jockeys above are ranked by their number of wins at this course in the last 5 seasons.


Rank Jockey Name Rides Today Runs Wins Win %
1st Brian Hughes 0 227 50 22
2nd Craig Nichol 0 117 16 14
3rd Henry Brooke 0 127 16 13
4th Ross Chapman 0 70 15 21
5th Derek Fox 0 157 15 10

The jockeys above are ranked by their number of wins at this course in the last 5 seasons.


Rank Trainer Name Runs Wins Win %
1st Keith Dalgleish 423 54 13
2nd Jim Goldie 491 47 10
3rd Richard Fahey 303 30 10
4th Michael Dods 251 28 11
5th David O'Meara 174 26 15

The trainers above are ranked by their number of wins at this course in the last 5 seasons.


Rank Trainer Name Runs Wins Win %
1st Nicky Richards 156 31 20
2nd Lucinda Russell 227 27 12
3rd N W Alexander 210 26 12
4th Dan Skelton 48 14 29
5th Iain Jardine 71 14 20

The trainers above are ranked by their number of wins at this course in the last 5 seasons.

Ayr Chase Course
Ayr Chase Course
Ayr Chase Course

Tips for Ayr Races

Ayr Racecourse is located on the west coast of Scotland, less than 40 miles from Glasgow. It is considered to be Scotland’s premier track with a very high quality of racing. It hosts both the Scottish Grand National and the Ayr Gold Cup, with a combined purse of over £400,000. The racecourse is dual purpose with both flat and jump racing and is one of the busier turf tracks hosting 34 racedays in 2016, with 35 scheduled for 2017.

Course: Measuring a mile and a half, the jumps course at Ayr is a left-handed circuit with long sweeping bends and nine fences per lap. There is a long steady downhill run to the home bend which then leads to a slightly uphill sprint to the finish line. The run in measures 210 yards and the track suits nifty prominent types.

Like the jumps course, the flat course is a left-handed circuit which suits the galloping type. The round course measures twelve furlongs and there’s an extremely long run-in of half a mile which can take some getting. Again it suits a prominent nifty type as there is a downhill run leading onto the home straight so those at the front can gain a lot of speed. The straight course is extremely wide and can hold up to 28 runners.

Draw Bias: A lot depends on rail positions on the sprint course. Stalls tend to be put stand side which gives high numbers the edge with the rail to run down – this strip of ground is often something of a golden highway.

On the round course there is a relatively short run into the bend over 7f, one could be forgiven for thinking that low numbers would be greatly favoured, but the stats don’t support this. With so much soft ground, those drawn higher coming down the middle of the track appear to have an edge, with no discernible bias over the mile trip.

Betting Trends: Jim Goldie has the most combined wins of any trainer across both flat and jumps. His runners show a big negative overall given the sheer volume that he sends to Ayr racecourse, with a 9% strike rate from 600 runners in the last five seasons.

Tom Eaves, on the other hand, has recorded an impressive level stakes profit of +£50 despite having a low strike rate (30 winners from 250 rides over the last 5 seasons.

However, the market is often a good guide to his charges. Keith Dalgleish mixes volume with profit from his runners with Ayr often a target with his better two-year-olds on their 2nd or 3rd starts.

Over the jumps, our betting tips often find value in opposing Donald McCain’s runners. His impressive strike rate of 21% in the last 5 seasons belies a level stakes loss of -£32 from just 88 runners.

Feature Races:


  • Future Champions Novices Chase (Grade 2) (2m 4f)
  • Scottish Champion Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m)
  • Scottish Grand National (Grade 3) (4m 110y)


  • Firth Of Clyde Stakes (Group 3) (6f)
  • Ayr Gold Cup Handicap (6f)


Ayr Racecourse Office, 2, Whitletts Road, Ayr KA8 OJE.

General Admission

see http://www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk/races-tickets/ or phone 01292 264179

How to Get There

Air - 3m, Prestwick Airport; 40m, Glasgow Airport.
Road - E of city on A758 Mauchline road.
Rail - 1/2m, Ayr Stn (from Glasgow).



Disabled Facilities

Viewing ramps and toilets.

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