Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse attracts record crowds
By: Iain Ferguson
THE sun shone and the crowds flocked to Ayr Racecourse for the 2013 Coral Scottish Grand National Festival last weekend.
More than 18,300 – beating the previous record of 17,200 in 2002 – enjoyed a great day on Saturday and there was a real feel good atmosphere throughout the crowd.
A Beatles tribute band played during the afternoon in the Tented Village within the Grandstand while a jazz band performed on the Champagne lawns and there was both live music and a disco after racing.
The Club Enclosure was sold out about an hour before the first race and there wasn’t a space to be had either in Hospitality.
Celebrities attending included Jeremy Kyle, newsreader Jackie Bird, Raman Bardwaj from the STV sports team, the Channel 4 racing presenters including Nick Luck and Mick Fitzgerald and Motherwell FC captain Tom Hateley.
Friday attracted around 4,000 to the track and the weather meant most of those who attended stayed on the sun drenched lawns.
Millions of pounds were bet over the two days and bars, restaurants, taxi companies and hotels reported brisk business.
Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith commented: “On so many levels this was our most successful day yet. Recording our biggest ever crowd was a huge boost.”
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.