Ayr grand national prize money boost

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PRIZEMONEY for Scotland’s richest race meeting – the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival has been given a boost of more than £100,000 to £507,000.

The 25% plus rise takes the prize fund to £97,000 on the first day of the meeting on Friday April 19 and to £410,000 on Saturday.

The big race itself, the Coral Scottish Grand National carries a purse of £180,000 with more than £102,000 going to the winner.

Main supporting races on Saturday are the £60,000 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle and the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Novices’ Handicap Chase with a similar level of prize money.

The £40,000 Arcadia Consulting William Dickie & Mary Robertson Future Champion Novices’ Chase and the £30,000 Scotty Brand Handicap Chase, a Listed Race, are the other principal events on the second day.

The richest race on the opening day is the £25,000 Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase with £25,000 while the Coral Backing Poppyscotland Mares’ Handicap Hurdle has £20,000 up for grabs.

For more details on racing at Ayr call 01292 264179 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk