The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 8 April 2016

Club badges sell out at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

CLUB badges for next Saturday’s Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse have sold out in advance for the first time in the history of the race. 

The ‘sold out’ signs for Club badges were put up late last Tuesday, although Grandstand tickets are still available but racecourse bosses are urging these are either booked in advance or people turn up early on the day. Crowd capacity on the day will be 16,500. 

[Pictured: Crowds at the 2015 Coral Scottish 
Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse.]

The opening day of the two-day Coral Scottish Grand National meeting still has Club and Grandstand tickets available, although hospitality on both days is sold out. 

Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown said: “We are gearing up for two extremely busy days, and everything is indicating a massive crowd of 16,500 on Saturday. 

“To sell out club for the first time in advance is tremendous and shows just how popular this meeting is. Hospitality has also been sold out for both days for quite some time. 

“I stress to anyone who intends coming racing on Saturday and who haven’t yet purchased a ticket that only Grandstand tickets are available and to either attend early on the day or book in advance.” 

Ayr have upgraded some facilities ahead of the meeting by installing a new purpose built Paddock Lawn Marquee, a permanent structure, and creating new toilet facilities in the Chancellor Hospitality Restaurant on the first floor of the Princess Royal Stand. 

The two-day Coral Scottish Grand National Festival begins on Friday 15 April when the feature race is the Listed Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase. 

Saturday’s card features the £210,000 Coral Scottish Grand National and the £100,000 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle. 

The Coral Scottish Grand National Festival takes place on Friday and Saturday and there are seven races on the opening day with eight on Saturday. In total there is more than £580,000 in prize-money. 

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 Dailly Primary School moves ahead after contracts signed

Plans to build a new Primary School for Dailly are a step closer with the official contracts now signed after reaching financial close. Demolition of the original school building is complete to make way for the new-build phase of the works.  Work on the development, funded by South Ayrshire Council, is due to start on 11 April and set to open in the early part of 2017.

[Pictured: An artist’s impression of the new Dailly Primary School.]

The £3.8m project will deliver a replacement school with educational facilities over two levels.  The new primary will replace the existing three buildings with a single facility that will support a school capacity of 100 pupils.

The school has also been designed to accommodate 30 children in an integrated nursery, something that will allow pre-school and ante pre-school children to attend in a single session.

Valerie Andrews, Executive Director, Resources, Governance and Organisation, South Ayrshire Council, said: “It is fantastic the plans are moving ahead, Supporting our rural areas is a really important to the Council, and this latest project will safeguard education in Dailly for generations to come.

“We listened to what the local community said they needed and to date we’ve received excellent feedback on our plans to transform the local school.

“With the main work now getting underway, I’m confident the community will like what they see when the doors open next year.”

The external areas will be developed to create an exciting environment that encourages social interaction and the delivery of outdoor learning.

Michael McBrearty, Chief Executive of delivery partner SWHub said: “With a proven track record of delivering for South Ayrshire, we’re thrilled to be taking forward another prestigious project.

“The signing of contracts is a major milestone for the project but the hard work starts now to make sure we can deliver a first-class facility for the people of Dailly.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to develop our relationship with South Ayrshire Council as we work towards delivering this impressive new educational facility.”

Dailly Primary School will be constructed using a Design, Build, Development Agreement (DBDA). SWHub will be responsible for the design and construction and the Council will manage and maintain the facility. 

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Top names head to Coral Scottish Grand National Festival

By: Iain Ferguson

SOME of the biggest names in racing are heading to Ayr for this year’s Coral Scottish Grand National Festival. 

[Pictured: Robbie Dunne and Wayward Prince return to the Winner's 
Enclosure after winning the 2015 Coral Scottish Grand National.]

Entries were published last week for the two feature races at the Festival - the £210,000 Coral Scottish Grand National and the £101,000 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle, revealing a who’s who of horse racing. 

And it’s also certain that the battle to be Britain’s champion jumps trainer will be played out over the two days on Friday 15 April and Saturday 16 April, with the chief protagonists Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins likely to have many runners. 

Mullins has six entries in both the Coral Scottish Grand National and QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle while Nicholls has seven and nine entries respectively. There are also horses from other leading stables including Nicky Henderson, Alan King, Philip Hobbs, Jonjo O’Neill and Kim Bailey ensuring quality horses will be on show. 

Indeed the highest rated entry in the £101,000 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle is Nigel Twiston-Davies’s The New One, a hurdler that commands almost legendary status. 

The Coral Scottish Grand National entries include Grand National, Welsh Grand National and Irish Grand National holders in Many Clouds, Mountainous and Rogue Angel respectively. 

Kerry Lee’s Mountainous would boost the near £120,000 first prize by £100,000 if becoming the first horse to win the Coral Welsh Grand National and the Coral Scottish Grand National in the same season. The bonus has been put up by Coral in conjunction with Ayr and Chepstow racecourses. 

David Brown, Managing Director of Ayr Racecourse commented: “We are naturally delighted that trainers the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland have chosen to enter such high quality horses for our two flagship jumps races. 

“The Coral Scottish Grand National is not only Scotland’s flagship race in the National Hunt calendar, it is the fourth highest rated contest in terms of betting turnover and second richest handicap over jumps. It is a huge boost that Willie Mullins has seen fit to enter six horses not only in the Coral Scottish Grand National but also another six in the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle.” 

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.