Horse racing


Ayr is widely regarded as Scotland’s premier racing venue and the Gold Cup Festival, which is staged here every September, is the undoubted highlight of the country’s flat racing calendar with some excellent prize money on offer.

There’s nothing too remarkable about Ayr as it’s your standard flattened oval design with relatively easy turns and very gentle undulations. It’s most striking feature therefore is the wideness of the track and that allows horses plenty of room to manoeuvre and explains why they can accommodate big fields on the straight course. No one type of horse is favoured as it’s fair all-round and horse can win from the front or come from behind.