Gold Cup Day
The third and final day of the Ayr Gold Cup Festival seeks to end things on high - featuring the most valuable and prestigious racing fixtures of the meeting. Ever since Frankie Dettori's spectacular winning ride in last year's Ayr Gold Cup on Jimmy Styles, racing fans all over the country have been anticipating the next running of this amazing race. But there is more to the Gold Cup Day than the William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup. Seven more spectacular flat races - including the Ayr Silver Cup - are booked in to burn the turf right off the track.
The Ayr Gold Cup
The feature race of the three-day meeting was first run in 1804; however, it was restricted to Scottish bred and trained horses at the time of its inauguration. This original race was conducted over a distance of two miles, before being revised to its current distance of six furlongs - quite a dramatic change - in 1908. Over the last 100 years the Ayr Gold Cup has not changed its form significantly, but it has risen to the status of one of the richest handicap races in Europe.
For more information see our dedicated Ayr Gold Cup page ».
Firth of Clyde Stakes
The Firth of Clyde Stakes is a Group 3 flat race over 6 furlongs, open to 2-year-old fillies. It is the only flat race with Group status in Scotland, with a purse of £70,000. The weights for this race are set at 8 stone 12 pounds, but 5 pounds are added to Group 1 and 2 winners, and 3 pounds are added to Group 3 winners.