The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Scottish International Airshow excitement soars

Extensive partnership working is underway to ensure that this year’s Scottish International Airshow which takes place at the Low Green, Ayr on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September is even bigger and better than ever before. 


In only its fourth year, the free to attend airshow has grown to become a major event with around 180,000 spectators expected over the weekend.

Organisers of the Scottish International Airshow have been working closely with main sponsor South Ayrshire Council and other key partners, including EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, to build the event into a family-friendly weekend. Not only will spectators be able to witness aerobatic displays of the highest quality, there will be some amazing ground entertainment too.

The fun fair will be back with exhilarating thrills for both young and old. There will be an array of stalls crammed with goodies and stands with all sorts of interesting information. Adding to the mix will be military vehicles and classic cars, and you could even have a go on a state-of-the-art flight simulator. All this and live entertainment will set the scene for a bumper weekend.

The Royal Marines have confirmed they will be back this year. Their exciting demonstration will feature a beach assault with a Type 23 Frigate, speeding inshore patrol craft, offshore raiding boat and a Merlin helicopter!

Breath-taking flying displays are the backbone of the Scottish International Airshow and 2017 will be no different with the return of the world famous Red Arrows, awe-inspiring Typhoon Fighter and the hotly anticipated Fighting Falcon flown by the Belgian Airforce. 

The airshow has also secured the appearance of one of the most spectacular close formation flying teams in Europe — Team Raven. They will be performing their unique brand of daredevil flying on both the Saturday and the Sunday.

Adding to the already amazing line-up will be the WWII Classic Catalina Flying Boat which wowed the crowds last year — check out http://www.tsia.scot/whats-on/  for the latest announcements or to buy tickets for family, enthusiast or VIP areas.

Councillor Douglas Campbell, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: “A tremendous amount of work takes place behind the scenes to ensure the Scottish International Airshow is a success. Close partnership working is crucial, and I am sure these bonds will only get stronger in future years. 

“The advantage of an event of this magnitude for the local economy is clear and we are set to encourage even more people into Ayr town centre this year with a pipe band launching proceedings in the High Street and further town centre activities to be announced. Hopefully accommodation providers, retailers, restaurants and other businesses across South Ayrshire will feel the benefit. 

“The Scottish International Airshow has something for everyone, so even if flying displays are not your thing, come along and enjoy the other entertainment; there really is something for everyone.”

Doug Maclean, Director of Airshow Scotland Ltd who run the Scottish International Airshow said: “As we rapidly approach our 4th airshow based in Ayr we really feel that the support from South Ayrshire Council has been a major factor in us continuing to locate this incredible event in Ayr. We have been working since early last year on the 2017 airshow and we are well into planning for 2018 and beyond. We are keen the airshow continues to be supported by the Council,  and we look forward to sitting down very shortly to secure Ayr as the site for the Scottish International Airshow through to at least 2020.” 

Doug continued: “We raised our international ambitions last year, and are delighted to have secured the Belgian Air Force for the 2017 show. We are close to securing other international teams and believe we are approaching the point where the Scottish International Airshow will become a highly desired date on the international display calendar. The support of all of our private and public sector sponsors is vital to enable us to plan ahead and develop the airshow. We have brought tens of millions of pounds into the Scottish economy and we estimate we can raise that very considerably in a few short years.” 

Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our support of the Scottish International Airshow. Initially supported through our National Programme Fund, and now our Beacon Fund, the airshow has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2014. 

“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and the thrills of the air displays alongside the entertainment and exhibitions on the ground, will ensure a great weekend out for all the family.” 

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


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Trainers Roger Fell and Keith Dalgleish at the double at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

TRAINERS Roger Fell and Keith Dalgleish were the men in form at Ayr Racecourse’s two-day opening July meeting - each saddling a double.


[Pictured: Pouvoir Magique wins at Ayr Racecourse on Sunday.]

Fell teamed up with jockey Tony Hamilton at totepool Family Day on Sunday with Two For Two, just beaten a nose in the same race last year, winning the feature race, the Class 3 one mile handicap carrying top weight at odds of 7-1.

The Fell-Hamilton double had been initiated half an hour earlier in the Bet totetrifecta at betfred.com handicap, also over a mile, when Zodiakos, a 13-2 chance, won comfortably by a length and three quarters from the Ruth Carr trained Abushamah

And it was Dalgleish’s turn to score a double on Monday with Dark Defender and Showdaisy.

The latter landed the £15,000 Racing UK Profits Returned to Racing Handicap. Sent off at 12-1 Jason Hart gave her a positive ride making all to win the five furlong sprint by a head from Foxtrot Knight.

Keith said afterwards : “The key was her breaking well from the stalls as she was not well handicapped for her wins last season but she did it well there.”

The yard’s earlier winner came with Dark Defender, a 15-2 chance, who had won on this card last year. Given a positive ride from stable apprentice Rowan Scott the gelding had a length and a quarter to spare at the line over Kenny The Captain.

Newmarket based trainer George Scott scored with his first ever runner at the track on Monday when Another Batt (5-6 fav) won the opening six furlong novice stakes in the hands of Danny Tudhope. But an eyecatcher here was the first time out colt Stormbringer who finished third for trainer Kevin Ryan and jockey Martin Harley and should win in the near future.

There two Newmarket trained winners on Sunday when John Gosden sent the highly thought of Pouvoir Magique on the 700 mile round trip to win the opening maiden comfortably at the prohibitive odds of 1-12 in the hands of James Doyle and this colt could now go for the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York next month.

And David Lanigan and jockey Paul Mulrennan teamed up with Take A Turn, sent off at 11-2, to win Division Two of the Bet totequadpot At betfred.com Handicap over one mile two furlongs by a neck from Never Say.

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.