Saturday, 12 June 2010
Ayr Racecourse hosts bumper weekend of racing and entertainment
Heady mixture of music, racing and glamour proves a winner
By: Iain Ferguson
CHART topping acts, quality racing and lots of glamour - just some of the potent ingredients that combine to make Ayr Racecourse’s two-day June meeting one of the busiest of the year.
Saints and Sinners Racenight on Friday 18 June and Scottish Sun Raceday the following afternoon are on course to attract more than 15,000 to the track to enjoy the heady mixture of music, sport and glitzy glamour.
The influx of so many racegoers to the town over two days will also provide a huge spin-off in terms of tourism, with hotels, restaurants, bars and taxi operators all likely to enjoy a huge upturn in trade.
Alexandra Burke (pictured above) headlines after racing entertainment on Friday and Jamie ‘Afro’ Archer of X-Factor fame (pictured below) is the bill-topper on the Saturday.
Advance ticket sales for both days have exceeded expectations, with in excess of 9000 expected to attend on Saints and Sinners night and 6000 plus on Scottish Sun day.
Details of Alexandra’s 30-minute set are being kept under wraps, but it will almost certainly include her four big hits -‘Hallelujah’, ‘Bad Boys’, ‘Broken Heels’ and ‘All Night Long.’ The singing sensation will also be joined on stage by two male dancers.
Discos will play in both the Ayrshire Suite and Horseshoe Bar at the course following Alexandra’s appearance on an outside stage.
Jamie Archer, the singer with the big voice and big hair will take to the stage in the Ayrshire Suite on Saturday approximately 20 minutes after the last race, which is at 5.45pm.
And a source close to Jamie said this week: “Jamie really enjoyed his recent appearance at the Burns Festival in Ayr, and is looking forward to coming back to town. He promises a few surprises in his show this time round.”
After Jamie finishes his set a disco will play until 8.45pm, while upstairs in the Horseshoe Bar, The Floorstompers featuring Jim Prime of Deacon Blue fame will play for three hours after racing.
Both days also see the launch of the famous Ayr ladies competition, with bronze coins being awarded on both days to the ladies judged to be the best dressed by a panel of judges.
This year’s first prize and the top Ladies prize in British horse racing is a fabulous Vauxhall NEW Astra 5-door 1.4 turbo, sponsored by Kerr & Smith/Iveco Trucks. The runner-up will land a cruise courtesy of Stewart Travel, and third prize is jewellery from Alex Cairncross of Perth.
Coins will be awarded to best dressed ladies at a variety of racedays throughout the year, including Saints & Sinners Night and Scottish Sun Raceday. Up to 27 ladies will have a coin on William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup Ladies Day on 17 September, and will each be asked to draw the name of a horse running in the William Hill (Ayr) Bronze Cup that day. The lucky lady holding the winning horse will land the star prize.
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