Scotland’s biggest, richest and most prestigious jumps fixture the Coral Scottish Grand National takes place on Friday April 21 and Saturday April 22. With 15 races and more than £600,000 in prize-money over the two days this is jumps racing at its very best.
Friday is Ladies Day when one lucky lady will win a star prize – last year it was a break to Barcelona. The feature race is the Class 1 Listed race – the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase with £45,000 in prize-money which is sure to attract some top horses from leading stables.
Saturday sees the richest race in Scottish jumps racing – the £215,000 Coral Scottish Grand National which features up to 30 runners negotiating 27 fences over the four mile course and as the race reaches its climax the huge crowd cheer on their favourites and the noise builds to a crescendo. Other principal races on the day include the £105,000 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle, a Class 1 Grade 2 contest, the Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices’ Chase and the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase, a Listed Race.
Ayr is Scotland’s premier and only Grade One racecourse, situated near the superb Ayrshire coastline, famous for its championship golf courses and as the birthplace of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns. Staging racing all year round, Ayr hosts Scotland’s richest and most prestigious Jump race, the Coral Scottish Grand National in April and the highly competitive William Hill Ayr Gold Cup on the Flat in September.