Bus giants Stagecoach are to sponsor a race at Scotland’s richest horseracing meeting – the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival.
The Stagecoach West Scotland Handicap Hurdle will be run on Friday April 12, the opening day of the Festival, and is the company’s first ever horse race sponsorship.
The race is a three mile handicap hurdle and the corresponding contest last year attracted runners from a host of leading trainers including Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls and Alan King.
Ayr Racecourse Managing Director David Brown said : “I am delighted that Stagecoach are sponsoring on the opening day of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival.
“Sponsors are the lifeblood of our sport and to have as big a company as Stagecoach putting its name to a race is great for Ayr Racecourse.
“It is also very apt as Stagecoach play a huge role on big race days at Ayr ferrying passengers to and from the course. I look forward to welcoming them here next month as new sponsors.”
Stagecoach West Scotland Managing Director Sam Greer said: "We're delighted to be part of this year’s Scottish Grand National Festival, a free shuttle service will be running between Ayr Bus Station and the racecourse for those travelling down on our X77 express service from Glasgow on April 12. Further information can be found on the Stagecoach website."