Wednesday, 12 August 2015
By: Iain Ferguson
IRVINE born jockey Danny Tudhope was in double winning form at QTS Ladies Night at Ayr Racecourse after making a three and a half hour dash from the afternoon meeting at Haydock.
[Pictured: Blue Sonic and Danny Tudhope (far side) just
edge out Goninodaethat at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday.]
He teamed up with Blue Sonic from the Linda Perratt yard to win the Gas Sure & James Frew at odds of 5/1 for Coylton owner Ben Holohan and his Jolly Beggars Syndicate.
And Danny (pictured above) completed his double on Asian Wing for Irish trainer John James Feane in the JW Grant Builders Merchant Handicap over one mile seven furlongs.
The Irish raider was heavily backed into 3/1 and was the easiest winner of the night with the jockey actually looking round from a long way out.
Galston trainer Mike Smith kept his good form at his local track by saddling Haymarket, ridden by Garry Whillans, to win the QTS Group Handicap by a short head from Bahamian Desert denying Danny Tudhope a treble.
The feature event of the night the QTS Ladies’ Night Grand Spectacular Handicap was won by Gowanharry (6/4 fav) ridden by Paul Mulrennan.
Scottish trainers hit the bookies for six
Scottish trainers were in sparkling form at Ayr Racecourse on Monday, saddling six out of the seven winners.
And leading the way was Jackton-based Linda Perrat (pictured above) who cheered home three winners and also had two seconds.
Her first win came with Dark Crystal, ridden by David Nolan, in the mile handicap. A winner at Musselburgh 10 days ago and third there on Friday the filly swept to the front inside the final furlong to win at odds of 12/1 from Normandy Knight.
Course specialist Jinky (8/1) then made it two for Perratt with Joe Fanning in the plate in the six furlong handicap holding off stable mate Rock Canyon by a neck.
Blue Sonic (2/1 jt fav) made it three course wins on the bounce in the five furlong handicap under an inspired ride from Danny Tudhope who weaved the grey through horses to win by a head from another Perratt trained horse Saxonette.
Linda said afterwards: “The next target for Blue Sonic is a six furlong race for greys only at Newmarket on Saturday. There’s £20,000 in prize-money so it’s well worth going for.”
Another trainer in fine form is Mike Smith who made the short trip from his Galston stables to Ayr and saddled Gworn to win the feature race, the one mile two furlong handicap with PJ McDonald riding.
The horse returned at 4/1 and Mike said: “I bought him at the sales a few months ago for just under £5000 and that’s £13,000 we’ve won in two races here. I’ll be looking at a race at the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival next month.”
Keith Dalgleish, who trains at Carluke, saw his Forever A Lady land the opening seven furlong maiden and Alistair Whillans sent Henpecked from his Hawick base to win the finale.
Ayr’s next meeting is the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival from 17 – 19 September.
For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.
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Tuesday, 11 August 2015
The Ayrshire property market continues to prosper after a healthy start to the year, according to leading Scottish property consultants, CKD Galbraith.
The firm in Ayr has experienced an increase in the number of property sales over the second quarter of the year (period April - June 2015) compared to the first quarter, with more properties coming onto the sales market.
Research conducted by CKD Galbraith over the Q2 period of 2015 presents an encouraging picture for the Scottish property market as a whole which has witnessed steady growth over the first half of 2015. The firm’s overall sales were up 4.65% during quarter two of this year compared to the first quarter of 2015.
The number of properties sold during this period in the Ayrshire area was up 38% compared to the first quarter of 2015 whilst the supply of properties coming onto the market increased by 22%.
CKD Galbraith’s Ayr statistics from the second quarter also show:-
* 82% of sales were completed by local buyers, 18% national.
* Average property sales value was £356,704.
* 27% of purchases were made by cash buyers.
Bob Cherry (pictured), partner and head of residential at CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, said: “The Ayrshire property market is continuing to show healthy results, with our team handling an increase in property sales over the last three months. This is partly due to a high number of local buyers looking to move up the property ladder, as well as people moving into the area to take advantage of the value for money offered by the Ayrshire property market whilst also being an easy commute to Glasgow.”
The Ayrshire lettings department has also had a successful second quarter with a 66% increase in the number of properties let out this period compared to the first quarter of the year and 30% more properties becoming available.
Joyce Smart (pictured), head of lettings at CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, said: “The number of lets successfully secured in the second quarter of this year has risen considerably compared to the previous quarter. We have also taken on a far greater number of applicants seeking rental accommodation in Ayrshire, being up 95% on the previous quarter of this year.
“Average rental prices also increased over the period from £596 to £682 as a consequence of demand rising significantly.
“Competition remains strong for family sized rental properties and we have witnessed an increase in the number of locals renting who now see it as a way of life offering them greater flexibility for futures moves, up or downsizing, and with the added attraction of high quality properties becoming available, renting has become an attractive long term option.”
About CKD Galbraith
CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 225 staff in offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying international reach.
The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing and providing advice on farm, forestry, land and estate interests on over three million acres. CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland and northern England. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300
CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.