The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 2 March 2018

Jockey Ross Chapman bags a four timer at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

JOCKEY Ross Chapman stole the show at Ayr Racecourse last Monday, riding his first ever four timer and finishing second on his only other mount.


[Pictured: Instingtive gives Ross Chapman 
his fourth winner at Ayr last Monday.]

And after steering Instingtive to victory in the Biggest Jumps Season on Racing UK Handicap Hurdle for win number four, Ross joked: “It should have been five.”

As a result of the wins, Ross had his 5lb allowance reduced to 3lb and added: “Unfortunately that’s me down to 3Ib now, so I’m chuffed in a way but I know it’s going to get harder now. Hopefully I can keep riding winners and trainers will continue to support me.”

The Chapman quartet came courtesy of Presented in the three mile two furlong handicap chase for trainer Lisa Harrison who also saddled the aforementioned Instingtive, The Delray Munky for his guv’nor Iain Jardine in the three mile handicap hurdle and Bulls Head in the two mile four furlong handicap hurdle.

The one that got away was Bobbie’s Diamond in the two mile four furlongs novices’ chase who finished threequarters of a length second to Looksnowtlikebrian. The latter was ridden by champion jockey Richard Johnson who was riding his 150th winner of the season – the 12th time he had achieved that landmark.

Richard said: “He made hard work of that and didn’t jump great today. He jumped nicely on his first two starts over fences, but he never really got into a rhythm on the ground and that was probably the main problem. He’s got a good engine, though, and is getting the hang of it slowly.”

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.


Thursday, 1 March 2018

Triple celebration as South Ayrshire libraries go from strength to strength

The quality and performance of services people receive at South Ayrshire Council's libraries is being highlighted as staff come together to mark their recent success.


[Pictured: Staff were joined at the Carnegie Library in Ayr by Councillor Brian McGinley, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure to toast the success of staff.]

South Ayrshire Libraries came first in Scotland in the Local Government Benchmarking Figures for the cost of delivering their service; and were ranked as fourth in Scotland for customer satisfaction in the National Household Survey. Meanwhile the Council’s online library services were used two million times in 2016/17 as more people make use of the internet to access services and information.

Staff were joined at the Carnegie Library in Ayr by Councillor Brian McGinley, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure to toast the success of staff.

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