The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Ayr Racecourse and Ayr United offer double header of sport

Football fans are being encouraged to cash in on a double header of sport on Monday 25 July – the night Ayr United take on a Manchester United X1 at Somerset Park.

Earlier that day Ayr Racecourse is staging a Summer Sizzler Raceday with seven races scheduled at the track just a couple of hundred yards away from the football ground.

And bosses at the course are offering anyone with a ticket for the football free entry to the racing – the first time Ayr’s two biggest sporting institutions have combined in such a way.

[Pictured: Ayr United footballer Dean Keenan with Emma Marley, Clerk of the Course, Ayr Racecourse.]

Ayr United’s new shirt sponsors Bodog will be in town for the match and are also sponsoring the opening race – the Bodog Supports Ayr United Median Auction Maiden Stakes. Members of the Bodog team will also enjoy an afternoon’s racing before heading along the road to Somerset Park for the game.

It is hoped there will be a big uptake on the offer and that holidaymakers in the town will also reap the benefit as well as Ayr United diehards.

Ed Pownall, Global PR Director for said:: “It’s a huge day for Manchester United playing at their guvnor Sir Alex Ferguson’s old club, and as long as nerves don’t get the better of the Premier League Champions it should be a good game against The Honest Men.

“To be able to combine a day at the races with a night at Somerset Park is, surely, the perfect summer night out, so we urge any punters out there to come along for a day at the races on the West Coast.”

Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith commented: “It is a perfect opportunity to team up with Ayr United and offer fans a very busy sporting Monday.

“It is also a great chance to welcome Bodog to Ayr and show them just what the town has to offer on the sporting front.”

Tracy McTrusty, Operations Manager, Ayr United added: “We are delighted to be teaming up with our friends at Ayr Racecourse to offer this fabulous opportunity to enjoy a great day of sport locally at a fantastic price.

“We hope for great weather and will be working hard to encourage as many people as possible locally and nationally to take up this offer.”

For more information call 01292-264179 or go online at

For more information call Iain Ferguson on 01292-294972 or 07795-565691.

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

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