Ayr racecourse was opened in 1907 in Ayr, Scotland after a long period of horse racing without a proper course. It was started after a series of meetings that that was aimed at removing the limitations of the existing courses in the area. The most important of these meetings was in 1824 in which the Western meeting was established. By 1838, 2000 pounds were offered for the Ayr Gold Cup, the meeting’s feature race, that ended up becoming a handicap race and is currently the richest spirit handicap race in the whole of Europe
The racecourse has a wide range of distances ranging from 5 furlongs to 2 miles, 1 furlong and 105 yards. The course is flat and left-handed oval coupled with gentle undulations. Its turns are very well graded making it a basically fair track. Its jump course is also left-handed with a length of a mile and half circuit fitted with nine fences. The course goes downhill and rises gently towards the finish line. It has a paddock stand named the Rothesay Stand in honours of Duchess of Rothesay, Duke, Camilla and Charles.
Ayr racecourse has won some awards by various reputable awarding bodies. Racegoers Club has ranked it the best in Scotland and North East while representatives of Professional Jockeys’ Association and National Trainers Federation have also ranked it best and awarded it the Neil Wyatt Ground Staff Award on two occasions in 1996 and 2011. It was further nominated to the Owner’s Experience and Food and Beverage in 2012 and ended up winning the former.
A racing event at this awesome facility has always left one with fond memories. The awards together with being given a 4 star by Visit Scotland in visitor attraction have increased its popularity over the years. More and more people are visiting Ayr racecourse to race or as spectators. It is anticipated that its popularity will keep increasing.