The GUHRS report that the event was a great success, with a wide mixture of students attending, many of whom had never been racing before.
GUHRS President, Joe Mclean, stated “We had a fantastic day out, we are so grateful to Ayr Racecourse for their generosity, the club stand tickets we had are the best seats in the house and it was very kind of them to give our members free entry. Everyone enjoyed their day out and we even managed to back some winners which is always a bonus”.
The GUHRS liaised with the racecourse to organise free entry for Glasgow students, saving them £21 at the gate. The racecourse also supplied handy betting guides and vouchers for students, to help them make the most of their day out at Ayr’s first Saturday meeting of the year.
The day out at Ayr Racecourse was the first of many in 2011 for the society, with the President explaining that: “We are hoping to make racing as accessible as possible for students at Glasgow and we are hoping to build up long lasting relationships with all of the Scottish racecourses in order to make it affordable for students”.
He continued “We are lucky in Scotland to have five racecourses and all very accessible from Glasgow. We hope to visit all of them over the course of the year to give our members a chance to experience the full range on offer, including flat and jump racing”.
The society was formed in 2010 with an aim to introduce students to the world of racing. They want to give students the chance to experience horse racing in all its forms, the activities surrounding and to build up new fans of the sport.
Outwith trips to the races, the society also organise numerous events throughout the year including;tours of racing stables, social events, and host talks from Scottish jockeys and trainers, with the aim to enhance members knowledge of the sport.
Joe Mclean went on to explain that “we are hoping to build up our membership at Glasgow and if anyone is interested in joining us they should email or sign up to our facebok page”.
The next event organised for members of the society, who can join GUHRS free of charge, is planned to be a trip to a local Point to Point race meeting in Lanark on Saturday the 26th March.
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