THE biggest and best race meeting of the Scottish flat racing season – the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival - comes under orders at Ayr Racecourse on Thursday, September 15.
This three-day extravaganza of top-quality horse racing runs through until September 17 – William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Saturday.
Many of the top names in racing will be taking part, including jockeys such as Frankie Dettori, pictured right, Kieren Fallon, Paul Hanagan and Seb Saunders.
The opening day features the Williamhill.com Handicap for the Kilkerran Cup and the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky Handicap.
Friday is Ladies’ Day with the principal races the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup over six furlongs and the Harry Rosebery Stakes, a listed race for the South Ayrshire Cup.
And ladies can drive off in a fabulous Vauxhall Corsa limited edition – the star prize in this year’s Ladies’ Day competition, courtesy of Kerr & Smith.
Bronze coins are awarded to best dressed ladies at a variety of race meetings throughout the year including Ladies’ Day itself, and everyone who has won a coin will draw the name of a horse running in the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup.
The lady who has the winning horse wins the car, second lands a terrific holiday to Dubai from Stewart Travel and third wins a piece of jewellery from Alex Cairncross of Perth.
Saturday’s William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, the richest sprint handicap in Europe, will be run alongside the William Hill Ayr Silver Cup, Laundry Cottage Stud Firth of Clyde and the williamhill.com Doonside Cup.
TheSouthern has an easy-to-enter competition to win tickets to the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival.
First prize is a pair of three-day club badges, the runner-up receives a pair of club badges for Saturday and third prize is a pair of Friday club badges.
To have a chance of winning answer the following question:
Who is the current champion flat jockey? a) Kieren Hanagan b) Frankie Hanagan c) Paul Hanagan.
Send your entries by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to: Ayr Gold Cup Competition, The Southern Reporter, The Hermitage, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA, by Thursday, September 8.
Usual Southern rules apply.