Monday, 31 March 2008
Ayr Racecourse receives surprise visit
by US presidential candidate’s wife
By: Our Own Correspondent
CINDY McCain, wife of the US Presidential candidate Senator John McCain, was a surprise visitor to Ayr Racecourse last Thursday.
Cindy, 50, attended the Property Raceday in the company of amateur jockey Guy Willoughby and his wife Fiona and another friend Marilyn Burke. All four are Trustees of the Halo Trust, the charity which clears land mines from former war zones.
[Pictured left to right: Trustees of the Halo Trust Cindy McCain (wife of US Republican presidential candidate John McCain), jockey Guy Willoughby, Marilyn Burke, Fiona Willoughby and trainer Lucinda Russell. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
Mrs McCain watched as Guy Willoughby fell from his horse Oliverjohn in the Dawn Homes Handicap.
She had earlier had lunch at Western House Hotel and enjoyed some haggis, neeps and tatties before heading to the course where she watched all seven races.
She also chatted to jockeys and racecourse staff in the Weighing Room before leaving the course to return to the Willoughbys’ home at Thornhill, Dumfriesshire.
Cindy said: “I really enjoyed my day at the races. I have been horse racing back home before, but this was very special – it was just a pity that Guy’s horse fell. I thought he was going very well at the time.
“I also enjoyed meeting the trainer of Guy’s horse, Lucinda Russell, and who knows I might even get Lucinda to train a horse for me, and I could come over more often.”
Racecourse spokesman Iain Ferguson said : “I was made aware Mrs McCain was in the company of Guy Willoughby and his party. She was a charming lady, and enjoyed her meal at Western House, but she didn’t want any fuss made.”
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