The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Jack Dexter top weighted for William Hill Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

MOST of the top rated horses stood their ground at the forfeit stage of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup this week, with the most notable scratching being Heeraat.

The William Haggas trained, Hamdan Al Maktoum owned horse had been allocated joint top weight with Jack Dexter (pictured above) from the Jim Goldie yard.

But now if the former Ayr Bronze Cup winner goes for the big one he will have to concede weight all round with a 9st 10lb burden to carry. Alben Star, trained by Richard Fahey in North Yorkshire, is on 9st 9lbs.

Other interesting entries include Irish raider Sun On The Run from the Jim Bolger yard with 9st 6lbs and last year’s winner Highland Colori (9st 3lbs).

A total of 29 horses with a BHA rating of 100 or higher remain in the race.

For more information on the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival call 01292 264179 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.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

CKD Galbraith market delightful conversion in Largs offering Victorian splendour and uninterrupted sea views

Leading Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Craignish, a substantial portion of a Merchant’s house situated within a quiet corner of Buchanan Street in Largs and overlooking the Firth of Clyde to Arran.

Largs has long since been a fashionable place to live, and in the late 1800s, when the railway linked the town to Glasgow, several impressive mansion houses were built, of which Craignish is one.  

Around this time the Brisbane family were important land owners in Largs, and the niece of Sir Thomas Brisbane (governor of Australia after whom the city of Brisbane is named) sold some land to the Buchanan brothers, metal merchants from Glasgow.  

Their legacy endures not only in the street name, but also the steel and brass fireplace within the lounge of Craignish which was commissioned by the brothers and remains in situ to this day.

The accommodation of Craignish is laid over the first and second floor and is spacious and bright. Much of the original wood panelling has been retained along with ornate cornice work and deep skirtings.  

The lounge is a sumptuous room with elaborate cornicing and a ceiling rose. The room looks directly onto the foreshore and over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Cumbrae and Arran.  

The master bedroom is located on the first floor and enjoys the same sea views. The dining kitchen is also well proportioned and has fitted units with a range of appliances. Three further bedrooms are located on the second floor.

The gardens of Craignish are easily maintained and are mainly shared. There is also a good sized garage and a former stable.

Craignish is located within a quiet enclave, yet is just a few minutes walk from the thriving town centre, its shops, restaurants and businesses. Largs Yacht Haven is also within easy reach, and there is a regular rail service from Largs to Glasgow.

Offers Over £310,000 are being sought.

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

Tel: 01292 268181   
Fax: 01292 292300 

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.