Big names under starter’s orders for New Year races

Ayr Racecourse stages its first meeting of 2014 on January 2 with the appropriately named New Year’s Raceday.

There are seven scheduled races with the first of these due off at 12.20 pm and there is over £40,000 of prize money on offer.

All the leading northern jumps yards including those of Donald McCain, Lucinda Russell, Nick Alexander and James Ewart are likely to have runners and some leading riders including Jason Maguire, Brian Hughes and Brian Harding are likely to be in action.

The big race of the afternoon is the Non-Runner Free Bet At Cheltenham 2014 At BetrVictor.Com Handicap Hurdle which is due off at 2.50 pm. The final race, a national hunt flat event is at 3.20 pm.

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