The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Monday, 24 September 2012

Charles and Camilla make Ladies Day at Ayr Racecourse a royal occasion

By: Iain Ferguson
AYR Racecourse was given the Royal seal of approval last Friday, when Prince Charles and Camilla in their role as Duke and Duchess of Rothesay visited the track.
[Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay unveil the plaque to name the Rothesay Stand.]

The Royal couple made the short journey by road from Dumfries House outside Cumnock to the course in time to rename the Paddock Stand as the Rothesay Stand and they watched the first four races there in the company of sponsors.
The Duke and Duchess visited the Hospitality Boxes and chatted to guests on the balcony overlooking the course. Charles took great interest and watched the races through binoculars.
After the fourth race, the William Hill Supporting Dumfries House Ayrshire Handicap, the Duke and Duchess made their way to the Winners Enclosure where they presented the prizes to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. The Royals then departed by helicopter.
[Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay enter the Winners Enclosure.]
Alan Macdonald, Chairman of Ayr Racecourse, was delighted with the success of the day and said: “It was a long time in the planning and everything went smoothly on the day.
“It was a real honour for everyone connected with the Racecourse that the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay took the time to visit the course and rename the stand. Its fitting that the day raised money to help fund projects at Dumfries House – a very worthwhile cause.
“After the rain on Thursday it was a huge relief to see the sun on Friday, and indeed Saturday. It made for a great atmosphere.”
[Pictured: Alan Macdonald, Chairman of Ayr Racecourse.]
Friday’s crowd was 5,100 – 400 up on last year – while more than 11,000 watched the Saturday action an increase of 1,000 year on year.
[Pictured; Two glamorous racegoers on Ladies Day at Ayr Racecourse.]

In addition to the racing there was another close contest – the final of the Ladies competition which saw each finalist who’s won a coin at a previous meeting pick the name of a horse from a tombola drum.
Prestwick woman Helen Cresswell drew Jack Dexter and won the star prize – a fabulous Vauxhall Astra GTC from sponsors Kerr & Smith/Iveco Trucks. Jim Smith of Kerr & Smith handed over the keys to a delighted Helen.
She said: “I was aware Jack Dexter was in the lead and I was just so excited I was screaming my head off. It’s not every day you go the races and come back with a top of the range brand new car.”
[Pictured: Helen Cresswell winner of the Vauxhall Astra GTC with Jim Smith of Kerr & Smith.]
Ayr and surrounding towns benefited from the big crowds with hotel room within a 15 mile radius sold out and restaurants and bars full to overflowing.
For further information please contact 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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