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With eight exciting races, fantastic entertainment and a true sense of occasion this is one of Scotland’s iconic sporting events.
Top of the bill is the £200,000 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup featuring 25 of the UK and Ireland’s leading sprinters hurtling down the home straight at Ayr in quest for glory.
In 2016 the race was won by Brando, trained by Kevin Ryan and ridden by Tom Eaves,a horse that has since tasted Group 1 glory.
This is a fantastic race which fully justifies its position as one of the very top sprint handicaps of the season attracting runners from most of the leading stables.
Scotland’s only Group race, the William Hill Firth of Clyde Stakes also takes place on the afternoon as does the William Hill Ayr Silver Cup, the main consolation race for the Gold Cup.
There is entertainment throughout the day and into the night. Drums N Roses will play their Celtic rock sounds to the crowds arriving for the meeting while the Bourbon Street Jazz Men will be playing on the Champagne Lawns.
Stilt Walkers and a Uni cyclist will be out and about among the crowd while in the Tented Village within the Grandstand The Pretend Beatles will transport you back to the 1960s in their own inimitable fashion.
The party continues after the last race with top live band The Lyrical playing for three hours after racing in the Horseshoe Bar within the Club Stand while Colin McArdle will play a three hour DJ set in the Ayrshire Suite in the Grandstand.
First race 1.25pm, last race 5.35pm. Gates open 11.00am.
QTS British Stallion Studs EBF Nursery Handicap - 1m, £20,000 Class 2
William Hill Supporting The Fight Against Parkinson’s Handicap - 1m, £30,000 Class 2
William Hill Ayr Silver Cup Handicap, 6f, £60,000, Class 2
William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes (Group 3) for the Ayrshire Agricultural Challenge Cup, 6f, £65,000, Class 1
William Hill Ayr Gold Cup (Heritage Handicap) - 6f - £200,000 Class 2
William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Handicap (For the Kilkerran Cup) - 1m 2f, £25,000 Class 2
Microtech Group Handicap - 7f 50y, £15,000 Class 3
Jordan Electrics Ltd Handicap - 1m 5f 26y, £18,000 Class 3
Located in the Mumm Marquee situated on the Champagne Lawns and overlooking the Parade Ring the Seasons lunch package includes:
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