AYR RACECOURSE has confirmed that Virgin Bet has renewed their Gold Cup sponsorship.
The prestigious race is named the Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup for the third consecutive year.
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The prize money on offer has also increased this year and now stands at £180,000 – confirming it as one of the most exciting sprint handicaps on the British racing calendar.
Summerghand ran well, winning last year’s extra time by a margin of 12/1, with Bielsa and Kevin Stott being comfortable winners 12 months earlier.
Having seen winners such as William Haggas, Tom Dascombe and Richard Fahey in recent years, the six furlong showdown continues to attract some of the biggest names in flat racing.
Virgin Bet will be sponsoring the entire three day festival in Ayrshire which starts on Thursday 21st September.
The betting company sponsors the big Ladies’ Day race on Friday – the Bronze Cup – as well as three on Saturday.
These include the Virgin Bet Firth of Clyde Stakes for two-year-old fillies – the only Group 3 race to be held in Scotland – the Listed Doonside Cup and the meeting’s second largest sprint handicap, the Ayr Silver Cup.
The Doonside Cup was won last year by Roger Varian’s protégé Royal Champion, who won Royal Ascot this year.
Ayr Managing Director David Brown said: “We are delighted to extend our Ayr Gold Cup partnership with Virgin Bet for a third year and owners and trainers will be delighted to hear that the prize money for the race will be increased by £30,000. “ £180,000.
“The Virgin Bet name will once again be associated with the entire three day festival and in addition to the Ayr Gold Cup itself, Virgin Bet will sponsor eight major competitions over the course of the three days including the prestigious Firth Of Clyde Stakes for 2 year olds and the Mile and a Quarter Doonside Cup.
“Ayr’s Gold Cup Festival is the biggest flat meeting of the year in Scotland and everyone at Ayr looks forward to working with the Virgin Bet team to ensure another memorable three days of top-class racing in 2023.”
Virgin Bet Marketing Director Ric Leask added: “We are delighted to sponsor the prestigious Ayr Gold Cup for the third consecutive year. This exciting event features some of the best horses and jockeys and we are proud to be part of this top class.” quality race.
“Virgin Bet remains committed to being a leading player in the horse racing world and sponsoring this prestigious race is a testament to that. The Ayr Gold Cup is a highlight on both the Scottish and British racing calendars and we look forward to contributing to its success.”
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