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Animal rights protesters wearing pink Animal Rising T-shirts attempted to disrupt the Coral Scottish Grand National on Saturday.

Security staff and police swiftly tackled the handful of people who broke onto the track at Ayr before the scheduled 3.35pm start time of the big race. The increased security presence was due to last week’s Grand National protest at Aintree, where Merseyside Police made 118 arrests.

Despite the disruption, the matter was quickly brought under control quickly.

Ayr’s managing director, David Brown, praised the quick response of the police and security teams on the course.

He said: “The police and security dealt with it like the consummate professionals that they are.

“The race went off to time, there was no notable delay and the professionalism of the team up here in Scotland was a credit to them, they dealt with it in a very efficient manner.

“What a great race it was and a great story, for Christian Williams to win it for the second year in a row with Kitty’s Light, after he finished second last year. I think for me this is Scotland’s showpiece race and it all ran to time.”

A tweet from Police Scotland read: “We are responding to a protest which is ongoing at Ayr Racecourse this afternoon. A significant operation is under way to safely remove those involved. A number of arrests have been made and an increased police presence remains at the scene.”

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