Ayr Tips and Racecourse Guide

One of five racecourses in Scotland, Ayr is the jewel in the crown of Scottish racing and has a busy and varied racing programme throughout the year, both on the flat and over jumps.

The course was moved to its current location in 1907 and a jumps track was added shortly after the second world war.  In 1966, the Scottish Grand National was transferred to Ayr, firmly establishing Ayr as the leading racecourse in Scotland.

The two main meetings of the year take place in April (Scottish Grand National Festival) and September (Ayr Gold Cup).  The course also plays host to the Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes, as well as five Listed races on the flat.  Over jumps, the feature Graded races are the Future Champion Novices’ Chase and the Scottish Champion Hurdle, both of which are Grade 2 contests.  


Ayr Tips

UK Racing Tips – 03/05

Tim Vaughan sends three on the long journey to Ayr and Isle Of Aron looks to hold strong claims of shedding his maiden tag in the first division of the 2m4f handicap hurdle.

He has been mixing it over hurdles and fences of late and has reached the frame on his last two starts, the latest of them over the larger obstacles at Ffos Las just over a fortnight ago.

He is on the same mark for today’s assignment, in what looks a weaker race.  Stable jockey Alan Johns is on board and the first-time cheekpieces could spark a bit of improvement.

RECOMMENDED BET: 2.40pm Ayr – Isle Of Aron win @ 7/2 (most firms)

Ayr Top Trainers (2020)


1.  Tim Easterby 10 winners (19%)

2. Kevin Ryan 7 winners (20%)

3. R Mike Smith 7 winners (18%)

4. Richard Fahey 7 winners (10%)

5. Jim Goldie 6 winners (8%)


JUMPS (2020/21)

1.  Nick Alexander 7 winners (17%)

2.  Lucinda Russell 6 winners (16%)

3.  Nicky Richards 6 winners (15%)

4.  Sandy Thompson 5 winners (18%)

5.  Rose Dobbin 4 winners (21%)

Ayr Top Jockeys (2020)


1.  Kevin Stott 12 winners (20%)

2.  Paddy Mathers 10 winners (19%)

3.  Joe Fanning 8 winners (13%)

4.  David Allan 7 winners (19%)

5.  Paul Mulrennan 7 winners (11%)


JUMPS (2020/21)

2.  Derek Fox 7 winners (29%)

2.  Brian Hughes 6 winners (11%)

3.  Danny McMenamin 5 winners (24%)

4.  Conor O’Farrell 5 winners (17%)

5.  Ryan Mania 4 winners (13%)


How to get there


A taxi from Ayr station to the racecourse takes less than five minutes and costs £5.


There are regular train services from Glasgow Central to Ayr, which take under 50 minutes.  A train from Edinburgh is around 2.5 hours.  The station is under a mile from the racecoursze.


Prestwick International Airport is a short drive away, while Glasgow Airport is roughly 40 minutes away.  A taxi from Glasgow airport costs around £55.

Ayr Top Races


G3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes

Listed Rothesay Stakes

Listed Land O’Burns Stakes

Listed Doonside Cup

Listed Harry Rosebery Stakes

Listed Arran Scottish Fillies’ Sprint

Ayr Gold Cup (Handicap)


G2 Future Champion Novices’ Chase

G2 Scottish Champion Hurdle

G3 Scottish Grand National (Handicap)



Ayr Map

Ayr Tips Archives

UK Racing Tips – 26/04

UK Racing Tips – 26/04

Breaking Light ran a really nice race to finish second on debut over this course and distance last year.  An expensive purchase as a yearling in France, she has a lovely pedigree and looks the type to progress further this term.  Karl Burke has his team in fine form...

UK Racing Tips – 15/02

UK Racing Tips – 15/02

A ready winner over 2m4f at Leicester last time, Just Don't Know encounters different conditions here, but this lightly-raced nine year old looks the type to progress further from his low mark and connections are eyeing the final of the Go North Red Rum Series for...

UK Racing Tips – 16 September

UK Racing Tips – 16 September

UK Horse Racing Tips – 16 September   A really interesting card on Ayr’s opening day and we have five selections.   Tip 1 – 2.25pm Ayr   Poet’s Magic is an obvious starting point, she’s best on the lead when getting an easy enough time upfront. There...

UK Racing Tips

UK Racing Tips

Free UK Horse Racing Tips  We have three selections selections today, one from Ayr, one at Wolverhampton and one at Windsor.   Tip 1 – 2.10pm Wolverhampton   Our first selection comes in the 1m4f three-year-old handicap at 2.10pm. The obvious starting point is the...

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