Ayr Racecourse has confirmed that Virgin Bet will continue as sponsor of the Ayr Gold Cup for a third consecutive year.
The Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup is a sprint handicap race that saw victories by Summerghand and Bielsa in 2022. The race currently holds a value of £180,000.
Ayr Racecourse stands as the exclusive venue in Great Britain for hosting the Gold Cup, Silver Cup, and Bronze Cup. This unique setup allows horses that did not qualify for the main event to still compete on the same course and distance.
David Brown, the Managing Director of Ayr Racecourse, expressed his delight at renewing the partnership with Virgin Bet for the Ayr Gold Cup for a third year. He also revealed that the race’s prize money will be increased to £180,000, which is sure to excite owners and trainers.
The first day of the three-day Festival, commencing on Thursday, September 21, will feature the Virgin Bet Kilkerran Cup. Last year, Joanna Mason claimed victory in this race riding Yorkshire Lady, trained by Mick and David Easterby.
On Friday, the Virgin Bet Bronze Cup will take center stage as the main event for Ladies’ Day. Additionally, the sports betting company will sponsor three crucial supporting races on Gold Cup Day, which falls on September 23.
Ric Leask, the Marketing Director of Virgin Bet, expressed his satisfaction in sponsoring the Ayr Gold Cup for the third consecutive year. He emphasized the company’s pride in being associated with such high-quality racing.