Saturday, 8 September 2018
By: Iain Ferguson
FORMER jockey turned trainer Johnny Murtagh is hoping to make history by training the first Irish-based horse of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.
His three year-old colt Urban Beat (pictured nearest the camera) was highly impressive when winning the John Sisk & Son New Stand Handicap at the Curragh last Saturday, and has been installed as 10-1 clear favourite with sponsors William Hill.
After only seeing a racecourse once as a two year-old, Urban Beat was reintroduced at Navan in April, winning his maiden impressively before taking a Premier Handicap at the Curragh a month later by three and a half lengths.
Last Saturday’s win brought his tally to three from four and, providing the ground doesn’t quicken up, he could line up for Scotland’s riches race – the £200,000 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse.
Another horse to catch the eye recently was Global Applause who, having his first run for Robert Cowell, came from behind to win the 188Bet Extra Place Races Handicap at Sandown on Saturday. His odds have been slashed from 33s to as low as 14s.
Growl, trained by Richard Fahey, who was second in the race in 2016 to Brando, is available at 12s and has been running consistently this season while Gunmetal, winner of the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon last month, is on 14-1
There is a total of £720,000 in prize-money on offer at the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival which runs from Thursday 20 September – Saturday 22 September.
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.
Sunday, 2 September 2018
Supporting growth in aerospace technology.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed £4.8 million funding for Spirit AeroSytems new open access Aerospace Innovation Centre at its manufacturing site in Prestwick.
Innovation within the new centre will focus on the development of the next generation of aircraft. It will also help develop the technology for composite materials and automated assembly used in the industry.
The investment will create 40 high-value jobs and leverage significant capital investment in infrastructure and equipment. Over the next decade, the facility will further enable growth for industry-leading aerospace technologies and innovations and has the potential to create more manufacturing jobs.
The First Minister confirmed the funding as she visited the company’s manufacturing site.
She said: "Just before last year’s Programme for Government I visited Spirit AeroSystems to set out our ambition for Scotland to develop, design and manufacture the technologies and products of the future, backed by an extra £45 million for business research and development over the next three years.
" Research and development drives innovation and economic growth so it's great to be back here to see that additional support helping not just Spirit, but also companies across Scotland develop new products.
“Today’s announcement underlines the importance of Prestwick as an aviation hub and as a key piece of Scotland’s industrial infrastructure, supporting jobs, investment and opportunity.”
Scott McLarty, VP UK & Malaysia, Spirit AeroSystems, said: "The centre will operate on an open access basis creating an environment that fosters supply chain and academic collaborations. Spirit is actively seeking technology partners in this centre that will strengthen the ability for Scotland's aerospace industry and wider supply chain to secure work on the next generation of aircraft."
Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise, said: “The creation of the open access Aerospace Innovation Centre at Prestwick will help cement Scotland's position as a global centre of aerospace excellence.
"It is a truly transformational project that takes full advantage of the world-wide growth in aircraft manufacturing, has the potential to create a number of jobs in the South Ayrshire region and beyond, and enhances Scotland’s international reputation for nurturing and promoting innovation.”
The First Minister announced £2.1 million funding for Spirit AeroSystems last year.
The new grant will provide Spirit AeroSystems with state-of-the-art research and development (R&D) facilities and will also give access to other companies undertaking their own R&D, either independently or in collaboration with Spirit.
The Aerospace Innovation Centre will complement other recent investments or commitments in engineering and manufacture in Scotland. These include the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS), Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, Advanced Forming Research Centre including the recently announced phase 2, FutureForge.
Posted by the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.