Ayr Gold Cup History

The Ayr Gold Cup has a long and illustrious history with the first race taking place all the way back in 1804, it has changed beyond recognition since those days and the race is now the richest sprint handicap in Europe. In the early days the race was contested over two heats of two miles to decide the winner where now the race is much shorter and only one race is needed.

The first race in 1804 was won by a horse called Chancellor and since then we have seen some famous winners take the Gold Cup all the way up to Jimmy Styles who won the race in 2009. As mentioned the Ayr Gold Cup has become the richest sprint handicap in Europe with a purse of �150,000 in 2009 making sure that it attracts some of the best horses of the season.

The modern day Ayr Gold Cup is run over a straight 6 furlongs and is open to thoroughbred horses aged three-years and over, the 28 heaviest horses entered will take their place in the line-up with the remainder going into the Ayr Silver Cup or the newly formed Ayr Bronze Cup.

The Ayr Gold Cup is now the feature race of the  of the Ayr Gold Cup Festival which runs for three days during late September, there are some stunning races on show over the three days including the three Ayr Cup races. the Festival has become one of the highlights of the sporting calendar in Scotland and seems to be growing in stature and popularity with every passing year.

Ayr Gold Cup Facts