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Friday, 27 September 2013

Lorraine wins Ladies’ Day prize at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

LADIES Day at Ayr Racecourse provided the local winner that the following day’s William Hill Ayr Gold Cup could not.

Symington woman Lorraine Corrigan was kept holding on though, as her horse Circuitous was involved in a photo finish before being called the winner.

[Pictured: Lorraine Corrigan is presented with her prize by Jim Smith and Robbie Savage.]

That meant she had won the star prize – a superb Vauxhall Adam courtesy of Kerr & Smith, long standing sponsors of the day.

And a delighted Lorraine couldn’t contain her delight as she screamed with joy when the result came through.

She said: ”When I picked the horse from the hat I thought it had no chance as someone said it had run the day before which it had but it really tried hard and just won I was so nervous waiting for the result. I have been in the final before but my horse has never been placed.

“When I discovered it had won I was a quivering wreck but oh so happy, it’s a lovely car and a superb prize to win.”

Jim Smith of Kerr & Smith and star guest Robbie Savage presented the car to a very happy Lorraine. Second prize of a Fred Olsen cruise courtesy of Stewart Travel went to Jenna McCrossan of Ayr and Nicola Russell, also of Ayr won a treatments package from Coast Clinic.

More than 5,100 people attended Ladies Day and Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith commented: “All in all we had a very successful Ladies Day and an excellent Festival as a whole.

“The event is just so glamorous now and very much a social occasion as well as a great sporting event – we were delighted with the crowds and there was a real feel good factor to the meeting.”

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.

NEW at Ayr Spice Minishant Restaurant

From 1st November – change of menu every month!


The Healthy option – permanent, new healthy options with reduced fat content yet high in nutrition and taste from 1st December!

Special buffets with international cuisine

The Sunday special and the Sunday Buffet are back!

The Sunday special will be available every week except the last Sunday of the month when the Sunday buffet will be back.

Greatly extended calendar of events to suit all tastes:

Guest chefs featuring international cuisines!
International cookery demonstrations!
Arts Club!
Beer Tastings!
Bollywood Evenings!
Burns Supper!
Hogmanay starring the Lounge Lizards 2100 - 0100 hours!
Party evenings!                                                                                           
Psychic Evenings!                                                                                                               
Seasonal events!


Ayr Spice Minishant Restaurant is a Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

The SSE Hydro officially opens

The SSE Hydro, Scotland’s new home of live entertainment was revealed to the world today. 

The first purpose built concert venue of its scale, it will play host to around 140 events each year, including national and international artists and bands as well as being a venue for major comedy stars and sporting events. 

The SSE Hydro has the potential to inject an additional £131 million per annum into the local economy, and will also play an integral role in The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as the home for both gymnastics and the netball finals.  

Adrian Gillespie, managing director at Scottish Enterprise, said: “With the addition of The SSE Hydro, Scotland has a unique combination of exhibition centre, conference centre and arena all within the Creative Clyde area.  This is vital for growing our tourism industry, with the Hydro alone expected to generate an extra £56 million in visitor spending.  
“Glasgow is now one of only a handful of European cities capable of hosting large-scale international conferences which attract business tourists.

"Business tourists stay longer, spend 50 percent more than a leisure tourist, and tend to travel around Scotland, which is great news for Scotland’s tourism businesses as these visitors can fuel business growth and new tourism products.  

"This is why we’ve contributed £25 million to the Hydro build, our largest grant awarded to date, which will generate £7 for the Scottish economy for every £1 we contribute.”

Jockey Oisin Murphy triumphs in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup

By: Iain Ferguson

OISIN Murphy was the name on everyone’s lips last Saturday as the 18 year old County Kerry born jockey wrote his name into the history books at Ayr Racecourse.

The quiet spoken youngster firstly steered the Andrew Balding trained Highland Colori to victory in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, and then followed that by riding three more winners for an incredible 9,260/1 four timer.

[Pictured: Winning jockey Oisin Murphy returns on Highland Colori after winning the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.]

“I can’t believe it,” said the delighted jockey after riding Cockney Sparrow to victory in the last for trainer John Quinn. “This is my first time ever in Scotland, but I’ll be back. I hope my family are watching back in Ireland – my granddad will be so proud of me.”

[Pictured: Oisin Murphy and the William Hill girls.]

It was ice cool Murphy in the Gold Cup as he positioned his 20/1 chance near the stand side rails and came with a run to lead going inside the final furlong and hold off Louis The Pious ridden by Irvine jockey Danny Tudhope and third placed Jack Dexter.

Oisin’s second win came on Levitate in the Ayrshire Handicap for trainer John Quinn, the 5/1 shot being a cosy victor. He then replaced the ill Phillip Makin on the Linda Perratt trained Silver Rime to land his second 20/1 win of the afternoon in the Microtech Handicap before completing his magical day on Cockney Sparrow.

Other Saturday highlights saw Kieren Fallon land the William Hill – Bet On The Move Doonside Cup on the Saeed Bin Suroor trained Sharestan and Ancient Cross win the William Hill Ayr Silver Cup for jockey Pat Cosgrave and trainer Mick Easterby.

In the main event on Thursday The Kilkerran Cup was won by Hi There (7/1) for jockey Tony Hamilton and trainer Richard Fahey.

Friday’s feature, the William Ayr Bronze Cup saw a Scottish trained winner when Keith Dalgleish’s Circuitous (14/1) won by a head from Green Howard. That made it a double on the day for Keith as Black Treacle (33/1) had earlier won the Al Maktoum College Nursery Handicap. Tom Eaves rode both winners.

Jim Goldie and Graham Lee teamed up on Friday to land the UAE Handicap with Mister Pagan (10/1).

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.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Ayr Racecourse builds for the future

Scotland’s premier racecourse is preparing for a period of expansion after securing a major new loan facility from Clydesdale Bank. 

[Pictured: Mark Wilson, head of Clydesdale Bank’s Business & Private Banking Centre in Ayr; David Brown, managing director of Ayr Racecourse; and Stuart Rogerson, relationship manager at Clydesdale Bank.]

Established in 1824, The Western Meeting Club Group’s Ayr Racecourse hosts a number of high profile races each year including the Ayr Gold Cup and the Scottish Grand National Festivals attracting more than 40,000 visitors a year. 

The rising profile of the sport and increased media sponsorship has led to a surge in popularity for racing across the UK. On top of its core offering the complex caters for large corporate and conference events, as well as weddings at the Western House Hotel and surrounding estate. 

Ayr Racecourse, a new customer to Clydesdale Bank, has successfully secured £6.5m funding from the Bank. The loan has allowed the company to refinance its previous facilities for a five year period.

Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown said: “There has been a huge surge in interest in racing in recent years which has been matched by large sponsorship and increased media exposure, particularly TV and online platforms.

“We have been pursuing an ambitious programme of development and refurbishment at Ayr which has allowed us to further enhance our existing services while also allowing us to adapt to the fast moving modern market.

“At Clydesdale Bank we have been dealing with people who understand our business and the sector we work in, which has been a key factor in our decision to switch our banking.” 

More than £20m has been invested in the site since 2006 on priority areas including the Princess Royal Exhibition, Banqueting and Conference Centre. In the next five years The Western Meeting Club will be looking to increase visits to the Ayr Racecourse complex and maximise exposure to the sport.

Mark Wilson, head of Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking centre in Ayr said: “Ayr Racecourse has been part of the fabric of the local community for almost two centuries and continues to evolve and meet the needs of the current market.

“Clydesdale Bank is pleased to support the company and we are looking forward to continuing to develop our relationship in the coming years.”

The deal was instigated by Stewart Rogerson (Business Development Manager) from Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Ayr with transactional support provided by Stuart McCallum who is a Business Development Director in the West of Scotland Region.  Operational banking will be provided from Ayr with the relationship managed from a West of Scotland Region perspective by Lorraine Delaney.

Clydesdale Bank is part of the National Australia Bank Group. Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in Glasgow and, as one of Scotland’s largest banks, has a proud history of innovation and support for industry and communities across the UK.

Ayr Racecourse is Scotland’s premier racecourse and also its the only Grade 1 track. The course has been on its current site since 1907 and is home to the Scottish Grand National and Ayr Gold Cup. 

Ayr Racecourse
David Brown, Managing Director          
Tel: 01292 264179

Iain Ferguson, Head of PR
Tel: 07795 565691

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.