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    Horse racing at Ayr

    Horse racing in Ayr dates back to 1576, but the first official meeting did not take place until 1771 at a racecourse situated in the Seafield area of the town. It is Scotland’s premier track, being the only Grade 1 course in the country, and hosts top class flat and jumps racing. The latter was introduced at the track in 1950 and the Scottish Grand National was transferred to the track in 1966, after Bogside Racecourse was closed down. Hurdle Bet is all about jumps racing and the three big races staged at the venue are the Coral Scottish Grand National, the Scottish Champion Hurdle and the Future Champion Novices’ Chase which all take place in April. Several winners of the Scottish Champion Hurdle have also achieved victory in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. The most recent was Alderbrook, the winner of the latter contest in 1995. Captain Christy won the race in 1973, the year before winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup as a novice. The most famous horse to win the Future Novices’ Chase is Night Nurse, who triumphed in 1979, having previously won back-to-back runnings of the Champion Hurdle in 1976 and 1977.

    Ayr tips on offer at Hurdle Bet

    The big jumps races at Ayr’s feature meeting in April is the main focus for Hurdle Bet. The National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival has proved a good form guide to the Scottish Grand National in recent years. Godsmejudge finished third in it before landing the spoils in 2013, whilst last year’s winner Vicente had finished an eye-catching staying on fifth to Minella Rocco in the 4m contest at Prestbury Park. Blowing Wind also landed a monster gamble in the Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle at the Festival before following up in the 1998 renewal. The Future Champion Novices’ Chase is a Grade 2 contest over 2m 4f run on the same afternoon as the Scottish Grand National. Winners Gingembre and Grey Abbey both subsequently achieved victory in the latter race. 2013 winner Rajdhani Express went on to finish a fine third to Dynaste in the Ryanair Chase. Cheltenham Festival form clearly has a big part to play in finding winners at Ayr, so don’t miss out on the top tips on these races and many more with Hurdle Bet.