The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 5 May 2010


Miss Scotland unveils top ladies prize at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

THE top Ladies prize in British horse racing has been unveiled at Ayr Racecourse by reigning Miss Scotland Katharine Brown (pictured below).


The fabulous Vauxhall NEW Astra 5-door 1.4 turbo, sponsored by Kerr & Smith/Iveco Trucks, will be won by one very lucky lady at the William Hill (Ayr) Ladies Day Final at Ayr Racecourse on 17 September.

But even such a great prize was dwarfed by the biggest truck in the UK – the Iveco Strator 44 Ton articulated Tractor unit which also attracted Katharine’s attention.

Its the third year Kerr & Smith/Iveco have sponsored the prize and Jim Smith, MD of Kerr & Smith which has branches in Cumnock, Ayr and Glasgow, and this year celebrates its 35th anniversary, commented: “It’s a competition we enjoy being part of and its fitting to launch it with the first appearance in the UK of the Iveco Strator 44 Ton Articulated Tractor Unit which is sure to attract lots of attention on the road. The new unit will be operated by Billy Bowie Tankers.”

The format of this year’s competition remains the same, with best dressed ladies at a variety of racedays throughout the year including Saints & Sinners Night, Scottish Sun Race Day and Ladies Night winning a bronze coin.

Coins will also be awarded on William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup Ladies Day itself and 27 ladies will have a coin and will each be asked to draw the name of a horse running in the William Hill (Ayr) Bronze Cup that day will land the star prize.

Runners-up prize is a fabulous cruise from Stewart Travel, who have branches throughout Ayrshire and who have also been involved with William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup Ladies Day for several years.

For more information on Ladies Day or any event at Ayr Racecourse go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk or call 0870-8505666.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Ayr Racecourse
2-6 Whitletts Road
Ayr Ayrshire
Scotland KA8 0JE

Tel: 01292 264179
Fax: 01292 610140
E-mail: info@ayr-racecourse.co.uk
Web: www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk

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Tuesday, 4 May 2010


CKD Galbraith market period townhouse
in historic terrace near Ayr beach


SCOTLAND'S leading independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is marketing a lovely example of a late 19th Century period townhouse, situated in arguably one of the prettiest terraces in Ayr.


Eglinton Terrace is situated in a quiet residential area within walking distance of both Ayr town centre and the beach front. This imposing group of houses was built on the site of the former Ayr Citadel, a substantial fort built in the 1650s on the orders of Oliver Cromwell.


Nowadays, this charming terrace has open frontage onto tennis courts which lie on the original parade grounds of the Fort. At the entrance to the street stands the remains of the Tower of St John, where the crown of Scotland was officially passed to Robert The Bruce, forming the first Parliament of Scotland.


A comfortable and beautifully proportioned example of later 19th century neo-classical architecture, 17 Eglinton Terrace has beautifully proportioned accommodation over three storeys, including three reception rooms and five bedrooms.


The owners have undertaken a painstaking programme of redecoration to create a beautifully presented family home, whilst retaining many original features such as open fireplaces, cornicing and working shutters. Eglinton Terrace is listed Category B as being of outstanding architectural and historic interest.

This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a delightful family home within a convenient, attractive residential area of Ayr.

Offers over £375,000 are being sought for 17 Eglinton Terrace.

For further information: Contact Bob Cherry 01292 268181.

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 160 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles.

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.

The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson, as well as providing a range of services to the farming community through an association with United Auctions, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists.

Independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office:

CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300
E-mail: bob.cherry@ckdgalbraith.co.uk
Web: www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

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Ayr Racecourse Coral Scottish Grand National Festival was best yet

By: Iain Ferguson

THE best ever! That was the unanimous verdict on the 2010 Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse.

Crowds of 22,500 over the two days - 5,500 on Friday and 17,000 on Saturday - created a terrific atmosphere, with the highlight undoubtedly the Coral Scottish Grand National which rewrote the record books.


Merigo, trained by Andrew Parker in Lockerbie for owners Ray and Anita Anderson Green, become the first horse in 28 years trained north of the border to win the race, and it was very much a family affair as the winning jockey Timmy Murphy is the son-in-law of the owners.

The winner was 18/1 on Saturday, but had been much shorter for last year’s big race before being withdrawn on the morning of the race. This time round it was clear from well over a mile out, so that barring a fall the famous green with yellow sash colours were set to be first past the post.


Gone To Lunch (15/2 fav) gave chase but was nine lengths adrift at the line with No Panic (40/1) a further 19 lengths away in third.

Ray Anderson Green said afterwards: “I am so happy. This is the race I've always wanted to win, and it really is a dream come true. It’s extra special with Timmy on board.”

Timmy Murphy also won the Samsung Electronics Scottish Champion Hurdle on Overturn (4/1 fav) for trainer Donald McCain Jnr.

Merigo and Murphy aside, the heroes of the day on Saturday were trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Barry Geraghty with three winners – French Opera (7/4 fav) in the Scottish Sun Future Champions Chase, Andytown (9/2) and Sprinter Sacre (13/8 fav).

Friday had a tartan feel to it with trainer Jim Goldie and Lucinda Russell both saddling doubles with Goldie’s Stormin Exit landing the feature race of the day, the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase in the hands of James Reveley.

Ayr Racecourse marketing director Lindsey Smith said: “The crowds were great and the atmosphere was electric. To have a Scottish trained winner after so long was a huge bonus, and we are all so happy for Ray and Anita.”

Ayr Racecourse’s next meeting is the two-day May start of the flat fixture featuring the williamhill.com Raceday and the Burns Festival Raceday on May 26 and 27. For further information call go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk or call 01292-264179.

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