Renowned Silversmith Graham Stewart from Dunblane was approached by William Hill chief executive Ralph Topping, himself a resident of the Trossachs, after Topping had seen examples of Grahams work at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood.
“Homecoming year is very special for Scotland,” said Topping, “and lifting the William Hill Gold Cup is also a very special achievement. So I wanted the winning owners of this great race to take away something quintessentially Scottish this year in celebration. I think Graham has captured the magic of Burns with the two magnificent trophies he has created for us.”
Stewart has hand crafted two Sterling Silver and Gold trophies, each hand-chased with an inscription from Robert Burns himself. Taken from the poem “The Auld Farmer’s New-Year Morning Salutation to his Auld Mare, Maggie,” the words seem appropriate to a horse who has just proved itself to be amongst the fastest in the land.
“That day, ye was a jinker noble,
For heels an’ win’!
An’ ran them till they a’ did wauble,
Far, far, behin’!
For the first time, both the Gold and Silver Cups will be run on the same day this year (Saturday 19 September) with the addition of a William Hill Bronze Cup now the highlight of Ladies Day on Friday 18 September.
In addition to the trophies there will be commemorative mementos for the winning jockeys and trainers, again specially commissioned from Graham Stewart.
The total prize money for the 2009 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival will top £600,000 with the 27 runners in the six-furlong Gold Cup chasing a pot of £150,000, making it Europe’s richest sprint handicap.
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THE ELITE AYRSHIRE BUSINESS CIRCLE
Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.
Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the rich diversity of industry, commerce and business services available within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.
Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel and South Ayrshire Council. and member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.
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South Ayrshire Council http://www.south-
Clydesdale Bank http://www.cbonline.co.uk
Ayr Racecourse http://www.ayr-
Western House Hotel http://www.ayr-
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants http://www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk
Frazer Coogans Solicitors http://www.frazercoogans.co.uk
Accident & Injury Claims Centre http://www.accidentclaims.com
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers http://www.mackaycorporate-
Donald Ross Estate Agents: http://www.donaldross.co.uk
William Skinner & Son Building Contractors http://www.williamskinner.co.uk
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants http://www.sinclairscott.com
Paligap Creative Agency http://www.paligap.com
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects http://www.arpl.co.uk
Brunston Castle Golf Club http://www.brunstoncastle.co.uk
Fouters Restaurant http://www.fouters.co.uk
Christie Financial Planning Ltd http://www.christiefp.com
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors http://www.alwsurveyors.com
Kestrel Press http://www.kestrelpress.com
Fame Publicity Services Public Relations Consultancy http://www.famepublicity.co.uk
West Sound Radio http://www.westsound.co.uk
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