Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Glamour, top racing and fine weather forecast at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday
By: Iain Ferguson
FINE weather, glamour, glitz and top music are all forecast to boost Scottish Sun Raceday at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday.
It is Ayr’s first major summer meeting of the year, and 19 year-old Miss Scotland Ellie McKeating will be making an appearance to present the prizes to the winning owners and trainers in her own race, The Scottish Sun Miss Scotland Handicap which is run at 4.15pm.
A crowd of more than 6,000 is expected at the track on the day that sees the launch of Ayr’s famous ladies competition which culminates in William Hill Ladies Day Final on Friday 19 September.
This year’s star prizes are a fabulous Vauxhall Adam Glam 1.4, courtesy of Kerr & Smith, with the runner-up jetting off on a fabulous holiday for two to Dubai courtesy of Stewart Travel and third prize beauty treatments from Coast Clinic.
There will be a total of 27 ladies in the final and each will draw the name of a horse running in the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup that day with the lucky lady who picks the winner driving off in the car.
Entertainment after racing is as always top class with a highly rated band The Gifted - one of the south of England's top party bands - appearing in the Horseshoe Bar while West FM DJ Colin McArdle will entertain in the Ayrshire Suite.
With fine weather likely to continue through until the weekend the champagne lawns at the track are set to be full of people enjoying a superb day out. First race is at 1.50pm with gates open at 11.50pm and the fun after racing running until approximately 8.30pm.
The seven race card features the £40,000 Scottish Sun/EBF Land O’ Burns Fillies Stakes.
This Listed Race over the straight five furlongs has produced some good winners over the years, with Newmarket raiders picking up the spoils in recent times.
Look for a strong field here with an Irish raider or two likely to be in the field alongside horses from top northern and southern yards.
There is a top supporting card with two £25,000 mile handicaps - the Scottish Sun On Sunday Handicap one for three year-olds and the Slaters Handicap for four year-olds and upwards.
The first race, The British Stallion Studs EBF/Sunsport maiden over six furlongs due off at 1.50pm.
For more information or to book tickets call 01292 264189 or go online at
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.