Ayr course fails to recover for June meeting

THE flat track at Ayr Racecourse has failed to recover sufficiently from drainage work in time to stage the two day June meeting scheduled for the 5th and 6th of the month.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has granted permission for the fixture on Wednesday June 5 – The Employment Enterprise 10 Years in Business Race Day - to be transferred to the jumps course with the Thursday fixture transferring to Thirsk Racecourse.

Due to the configuration of the jumps course at course at Ayr only four starts will be available to stage the flat fixture on June 5, with five of the original races being abandoned and replaced by new opportunities.

The races moved toThirsk will be similar to the ones originally planned for Ayr.

Richard Johnstone, Managing Director at Ayr Racecourse, said: “The long, cold spring has meant that the turf has not recovered as we would have hoped and expected. These transfers will mean that we have every confidence in the scheduled flat meeting on June 22 going ahead as planned.”

The first race at Ayr on June 5 will be a one mile six furlong Maiden Stakes with the final race a one mile one furlong Apprentice Handicap.