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Rank Jockey Name Runs Wins Win %
1st Daniel Tudhope 234 43 18
2nd Paul Mulrennan 254 39 15
3rd Graham Lee 292 37 13
4th Phillip Makin 196 36 18
5th Joe Fanning 233 31 13


Rank Jockey Name Runs Wins Win %
1st Brian Hughes 104 28 27
2nd Derek Fox 69 10 14
3rd Callum Whillans 35 8 23
4th Brian Harding 43 8 19
5th Peter Buchanan 44 8 18


Rank Trainer Name Runs Wins Win %
1st Keith Dalgleish 498 59 12
2nd Jim Goldie 640 58 9
3rd Richard Fahey 382 35 9
4th David O'Meara 212 34 16
5th Michael Dods 278 34 12


Rank Trainer Name Runs Wins Win %
1st Nicky Richards 97 20 21
2nd Lucinda Russell 157 17 11
3rd S R B Crawford 90 11 12
4th N W Alexander 131 11 8
5th Donald McCain 46 9 20
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 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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