Gold cup latest

Ayr racecourse.
Ayr racecourse.

Tension is building ahead of the 2016 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival at Ayr Racecourse next week at which more than £680,000 in prizemoney will be up for grabs.

For the first time ever there is a Class 1 race on each of the three days with the William Hill Doonside Cup, a Listed Race, moving from the Saturday to Thursday with some high quality horses competing for the £65,000 prize fund.

The highlights on Friday include the £50,000 Shadwell Stud/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes over six furlongs and the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup, also over six furlongs.

Scotland’s only Group race, the Group 3 William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes, another six furlong sprint is run on Saturday alongside the William Hill Ayr Gold and Silver Cups.

This year’s Gold Cup is shaping up well with the Richard Fahey trained Growl, the 7-1 ante post favourite with sponsors William Hill. Fahey won the race last year with Don’t Touch and will be keen to land the spoils again. Other likely contenders include the David Nicholls trained pair Orion’s Bow.

The action begins on Thursday September 15 with the first race at 2.00 pm. For more information or to book online call 01292 264179 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk