Double header at Ayr

FOOTBALL fans are being encouraged to cash in on a double header of sport on Monday July 25 – the night Ayr United take on a Manchester United X1 at Somerset Park.

Earlier that day, Ayr Racecourse is staging a Summer Sizzler Raceday with seven races scheduled at the track just a couple of hundred yards away from the football ground.

And bosses at the course are offering anyone with a ticket for the football free entry to the racing, the first time Ayr’s two biggest sporting institutions have combined in such a way.

Ayr United’s new shirt sponsors Bodog will be in town for the match and are also sponsoring the opening race – the Bodog Supports Ayr United Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

It is hoped there will be a big uptake on the offer and that holidaymakers in the town will also reap the benefits, as well as Ayr United diehards.

Ed Pownall, Global PR Director for “To be able to combine a day at the races with a night at Somerset Park is, surely, the perfect summer night out, so we urge any punters out there to come along for a day at the races on the West Coast.”

Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith said: “It is a perfect opportunity to team up with Ayr United and offer fans a very busy sporting Monday.

“It is also a great chance to welcome Bodog to Ayr and show them just what the town has to offer on the sporting front.”

Ayr United Operations Manager Tracy McTrusty added: “We are delighted to be teaming up with our friends at Ayr Racecourse to offer this fabulous opportunity to enjoy a great day of sport locally at a fantastic price.

“We hope for great weather and will be working hard to encourage as many people as possible locally and nationally to take up this offer.”

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