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Monday, 6 September 2010

Ayr Racecourse to welcome Alex Salmond at Gold Cup meeting

By: Iain Ferguson

SCOTLAND'S First Minister Alex Salmond will be a special guest at the William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday 18 September.

Mr Salmond is a lifelong fan of horse racing, and this will be the second time he has attended Scotland’s biggest flat meeting of the season in his capacity of First Minister, having previously presented the Gold Cup in 2007 when Advanced won the race for trainer Kevin Ryan and jockey Jamie Spencer.

[Pictured: Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond with top jockey Frankie Dettori at the 2007 Gold Cup meeting at Ayr Racecourse.]

It is 35 years since a Scottish trained horse won the Ayr Gold Cup – Roman Warrior in 1975 from the Nigel Angus stable. Among the favourites this year are the Jim Goldie trained runners Hawkeyethenoo and Hogmaneigh.

Kate Miller of sponsors William Hill who invited the First Minister commented: “It is tremendous news that Alex Salmond will be attending the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup – a meeting that celebrates all that is good about Scottish racing.

“The First Minister has always been a huge supporter of horse racing, so it is only fitting that he will be attending in person to watch the richest sprint handicap in Europe.”

Ayr Racecourse chairman Alan Macdonald (pictured above) added: “Alex Salmond has fantastic knowledge of horse racing, and I am thrilled he has agreed to attend year's William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup.”

Mr Salmond will also be appearing on Channel 4’s Morning Line programme on the day of the race, when he will be a guest of presenter Derek Thompson.

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 07795-565691.

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