The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 5 May 2011

CKD Galbraith exhibiting at Ayr County Show 2011

CKD Galbraith, Scotland’s leading property specialists, will be exhibiting at this year’s Ayr County Show as they return for the first time in over five years.

The firm would be delighted to extend a warm welcome to members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle to join them at their stand on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May between 10am and 4pm. CKD Galbraith’s stand will be located in avenue G opposite the main ring at the show.

Bob Cherry (pictured), partner at CKD Galbraith in the Ayr office, said: “Ayr County Show provides us with a meeting venue and a chance to catch up more informally with clients old and new. We will have representatives of the firm on hand to offer advice on a range of both residential and agricultural topics such as AMC (Agricultural Mortgage Corporation) loans, renewable energy options, farm sales and valuations.

“So if you would like some advice and an informal discussion with professionals in the field, or just a general chat about property, we’d be delighted to see you over the two days.”

The firm’s teams, which operate from 12 regional offices throughout Scotland, have considerable local knowledge and benefit from access to specialist skills across the main property disciplines and as a whole, CKD Galbraith manages and provides advice on farm, forestry, land and estate interests totalling some three million acres.

For more information on CKD Galbraith’s rural services please visit

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 180 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 sales and lettings and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

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.


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

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS

Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Richard Johnson wins 2011 Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse

JOCKEY Richard Johnson rode his first ever Coral Scottish Grand National winner at Ayr recently – at the 14th time of asking.

Victory was sweet for Johnson as he gave Beshabar, a 15/2 shot, a copy book ride leading from the front most of the way and holding off a relentless challenge from last year’s winner Merigo.

Trained in Wales by Tim Vaughan, Beshabar came into the race on the back of a second in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham to Chicago Grey, sent off the 11/2 favourite on Saturday but on the day there was no contest between the two this time with Johnson's horse a massive 50 lengths clear of Chicago Grey.

Up in the van throughout, Beshabar hit the front at the seventh fence and held off Merigo (20/1) and third placed Always Right (15/2) by three quarters of a length and a neck.

Speaking after receiving the trophy, Richard Johnson said: “I| have had some big winners at Ayr over the years but its a great feeling to have won the Coral Scottish Grand National for the first time. The course really suited my horse and while I wouldn’t say I was over confident of defeating Chicago Grey this time I was confident mine would run a big race and he certainly did.

“I kept hearing Merigo and Timmy Murphy behind me, but my horse kept giving me more and although he idled after the last he deserved his win.”

Raymond Anderson Green, owner of Merigo, commented: “My horse lost nothing in defeat and was effectively 15lb out of the handicap. I am very proud.”

The main supporting race on the card, the Isle of Skye Blended Whisky Scottish Champion Hurdle was won by the Paul Nicholls trained, Ruby Walsh ridden Sanctuaire (9/2 jt fav) by a length and three-quarters from Bygones of Brid (14/1), the mount of Graham Lee.

Lee was the top jockey of the meeting though, landing a double on Saturday with Gilbarry (8/1) in the Scottish Sun Future Champion Novices Chase and Beggars Cap (14/1) in the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase. The jockey also won the Friday feature the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase on board the 14/1shot Watch My Back.

The crowd was 15,000 on Saturday and 4,800 on Friday and Ayr Racecourse sales and marketing manager Lindsey Smith commented : “It was a highly successful two days and the weather held up for the meeting too which was good.”

Ayr's next meeting is on Wednesday 25 May and Thursday 26 May – Spring Raceday and Blue Square Raceday respectively – the start of the flat season at the track.

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

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 07795 565691.


Ayr Racecourse reports very successful Scottish Grand National Festival 2011

By: Iain Ferguson

CROWDS of more than 20,000 descended on Ayr Racecourse recently for a very successful Coral Scottish Grand National Festival.

Decent weather on both days ensured that the Champagne Lawns were full, particularly on Saturday when 15,000 enjoyed the racing and entertainment.

The fun continued both days after racing and the Festival was voted a great success by all.

Ayr Racecourse sales and marketing manager Lindsey Smith said: “All week we were praying for good weather, and our prayers were answered – the rain stayed away, and we got great crowds with hospitality full on the Saturday.

“There were people here from all over the UK, and we had the launch of our annual Ladies Competition on Saturday too, which added to the glamour. We also had Nicola Cassells performing Flower Of Scotland before the big race.

“I believe the 2011 Coral Scottish Grand National will go down as one of the best.”

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

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 07795 565691.


Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Vote John Scott again for Ayr in the Scottish Election

Ayrshire Scotland Business News is supporting John Scott to be returned as Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Ayr constituency in the Scottish Election on Thursday 5 May.

John Scott has been MSP for Ayr since winning it in a by-election in 2000. He was returned in the 2003 parliamentary election and again, with an increased majority, in the 2007 parliamentary election.

John has performed tirelessly on behalf on behalf of his constituents, and done sterling service on behalf of Ayr at Holyrood.

We should if necessary disregard our normal political party allegiances, and vote tomorrow for John Scott to remain as our local representative in the Scottish Parliament.


John Scott