The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Record prize money for William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

THE 2017 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival at Ayr Racecourse from Thursday 21 September to Saturday 23 September carries a record amount of prize money with £715,500 up for grabs.


[Pictured: Brando, trained by Kevin Ryan and ridden by 
Tom Eaves, wins last year’s Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse.]

The £200,000 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup run on the Saturday has attracted a stellar entry of leading sprinters with a maximum field of 25 runners expected to go to post.

Among those likely to contest the race are Saturday’s Goodwood winner Johnny Barnes, trained by John Gosden, who is currently 14-1 clear second favourite with William Hill with Charlie Hills’s Shanghai Glory, third in the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon earlier in the month, the favourite at 12-1.

A new Class 1 Listed race, The Al Maktoum Cup Arran Scottish Fillies’ Sprint Stakes (Listed Race) over five and a half furlongs for three year olds and upwards will be run on William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival Ladies Day on Friday 22 September – the middle day of the three day meeting.

Other Friday highlights include the Shadwell Studs/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes, a Class 1 Listed Race and the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup.

The £65,000 William Hill Doonside Cup, another Class 1 Listed contest, run over one mile two furlongs is the feature race on Thursday while Scotland’s only Group race – the Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes is run on Saturday along with the William Hill Ayr Silver Cup.

All the leading trainers including John Gosden, Willie Haggas, Saeed bin Suroor, Richard Fahey and Roger Varian are likely to have runners and many of the country’s top jockeys will be in action over the three days. Tickets are selling fast and for more information go online at www.ayrgoldcup.co.uk or call 01292 264179.

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, 29 August 2017

Smallholdings and equestrian properties lead the Ayrshire market

The Ayrshire property market is holding steady and is experiencing an increase in the supply of high quality housing coming to the market, according to figures compiled by Scotland’s leading independent property consultancy, Galbraith.

During the second quarter, ending 30 June 2017, the Ayr office recorded an increase of 58% in properties coming on the market, compared with the previous quarter. There was also an increase of 30% compared with the same quarter in 2016.


Bob Cherry (pictured above), a partner with Galbraith, said: “We have been pleased to see an increase in instructions and buyers are relatively confident, particularly for properties priced between £250,000 and £400,000. Country houses with nice views, land or equestrian facilities are particularly desirable. Smallholdings with up to 30 acres of land are also sought-after and any which come on the market will often sell very quickly. Recently, we sold Lochingerroch Farm at its closing date for 27% above the asking price, with eight buyers competing to obtain the farm. Galbraith is a national firm with eleven regional offices and we are in a good position for those looking for maximum exposure when bringing a property to the market.”

Bob Cherry continued: “We have noticed an increase in buyers in Ayrshire coming from England, which may be due in part to the price differential between property in England and Scotland. For those who have just sold a property in Yorkshire, for example, they have often built up equity and this means property in Ayrshire may be relatively affordable for English buyers.

Across Scotland as a whole Galbraith has seen a healthy 10% increase in sales for the quarter ending 30 June 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. The firm handled over £42 million worth of property sales over the past quarter alone.


Currently on the market with Galbraith in Ayrshire are properties including Drumfork Farm (pictured above), a productive commercial dairy farm in good order in an accessible location, with a three-bedroom farmhouse and a range of modern and traditional farm buildings. Offers over £1 million.

About Galbraith

Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 236 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.  Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland and northern England.

To find out more about Galbraith visit www.galbraithgroup.com