Following the cancellation of the Ayr Gold Cup meeting on Saturday 23rd September, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and Haydock Park Racecourse have confirmed that the Ayr Gold Cup race has been rescheduled to take place at Haydock Park on Saturday 30th September. 32Red will be the new sponsors of the race.
The BHA is grateful to Jockey Club Racecourses, the new sponsors 32Red and the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) for their contributions to saving this important and historic race.
Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer for the BHA, said: “We are delighted that the Ayr Gold Cup – which is such an important betting race – has been saved and will be run at Haydock on 30th September. Great credit and a thanks must go to the new sponsors 32Red, the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) and Jockey Club Racecourses for their financial support and ITV Racing for agreeing to incorporate the race to their schedule.”
Kirkland Tellwright, North West Head of Racing for Jockey Club Racecourses and Clerk of the Course for Haydock Park, said: “We’re pleased to be able to support horsemen and host the Ayr Gold Cup at Haydock Park following the unfortunate abandonment of the fixture. 32Red sponsors a number of major races at Jockey Club Racecourses and we’re delighted that they have been able to lend their support to this special race. Our TENsational Finale Day next Saturday is an exciting card with plenty of top class runners lining up.”
The William Hill Ayr Gold Cup meeting was cancelled when the racetrack was found to be waterlogged in places, making the condition of the turf unsuitable for racing; and the prevailing weather conditions prevented Ayr Racecourse from being able to stage a replacement race meeting in a short timescale.
Regarding the cancellation of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup meeting, Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer for the BHA, said: “It is obviously extremely disappointing to lose the entire William Hill Ayr Gold Cup fixture. It is an important fixture for horsemen, racegoers, the betting public, the racecourse and the local area.
“The BHA has requested a report from the racecourse executive regarding the circumstances surrounding the last few days, including exactly what the issue with the track is, what has caused it, what procedures are in place to address the issues, their prospects of racing at other forthcoming fixtures and the communication around the fixture cancellations.”