Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Glenda wins a car at Ayr Racecourse Ladies Day
By: Iain Ferguson
THREE hectic days for Ayr Racecourse and the town in general saw crowds of more than 22,000 attend the John Smith’s Ayr Gold Cup Festival 2008, which was voted a soaraway success.
Around £5 million was poured into the local economy with local hotels, bars and restaurants putting up ‘house full’ signs.
More than 5000 meals served over the three days at the Racecourse alone and 7000 bottles of champagne, 5000 bottles of wine and a staggering 40,000 pints of beer were drunk at the course over the Festival.
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And the happiest woman of the week had to be Glenda Murdoch (pictured above) who drove off in a £25,000 Alfa Romeo Spider - top prize in Ladies Day Final.
Glenda was awarded a silver coin as one of the Best Dressed Ladies on the day and drew Against The Grain from the hat but as she watched the horse romp home in the John Smith’s Silver Cup she actually thought another horse had won and congratulated a woman standing beside her.
But as she left the enclosure where she had watched the race someone said to her it was actually her horse number 21 that had won and she got the shock of her life.
Glenda, who lives with husband Robert in Craigston Avenue, Ayr said: “I thought number two had won the race and the woman next to me had that one and I congratulated her. But the number cloth had blown over and was only showing two when it was actually 21. I couldn’t believe it when I found out.
“It is a truly stunning car and I’m so lucky to have won it. I’d like to thank everyone at the Racecourse, Jim Smith and everyone at Kerr & Smith and Iveco Trucks for making it a truly memorable day.”
The Alfa Romeo was presented by Kerr & Smith/Iveco Trucks suppliers of commercial vehicles in South West Scotland and Jim Smith, managing director of Kerr & Smith presented Glenda with the keys to the dream machine.
Jim said: “The excitement was intense as the girls watched the race. I invited them all into the Kerr & Smith hospitality area to view the Silver Cup and they were all shouting their horses on. Glenda was so happy when she realised she had won - I wish her many happy years of motoring in the Alfa Romeo Spider - it’s a beautiful car.”
Second prize of a £3000 white gold Vivienne Westwood necklace and ear-rings set with diamonds from Oghams the Jewellers of Ayr and Edinburgh went to Maybole woman Audrey Crow who had Harrison George as her horse and third was Roslin Simpson of Ayr who won a seven-night Ocean Village cruise for two plus flights courtesy of Stewart Travel. Roslin’s horse was Joseph Henry.
Ayr Racecourse marketing manager Lindsey Smith said she was absolutely delighted with Ladies Day. She said : “What a fabulous day we had. I thought the standard of the finalists was the best ever and the excitement was just unbearable. We really have established this as the best ladies day in Britain.
“One of the television presenters who was at the meeting said he couldn’t believe the first prize was a £25,000 car - it is such a fabulous prize and I'd like to thank Jim Smith and Iveco Trucks for their great support.”
Social racegoers over the three days had a great time as the rain stayed away and the Champagne Gardens were packed on Saturday with people having a great time.
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