This means a minimum of four meetings from Ayr will be broadcast on Channel 4 racing in 2010 with the Coral Scottish Grand National Saturday in April, Scottish Sun Raceday in June and September’s William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cup Festival also being featured.
Channel 4 will screen the 2.55pm and 3.30pm races on 2 January, when a crowd of around 4,000 is expected at the track.
Ayr Racecourse PR Iain Ferguson said: “This is great news. It’s the first time Channel 4 Racing has committed to screening races from our January meeting, and we are naturally delighted. We will be sharing billing with Sandown that day, and the fact we are live on television will give the meeting a boost.
“Coming on the back of one of the most successful ever William Hill (Ayr) Gold Cups this has given us a further lift.”
TWO meetings of the 2009 Flat Season at Ayr still remain - the Ghouls and Goblins Raceday on Friday 23 October and the John Smith’s No Nonsense Raceday on Saturday 31 October.
The opening race on 23 October is the EBF Maiden Stakes over a mile at 2.10pm for two-year-olds, and another interesting contest is the Karen Kennedy And Friends Celebration Handicap over one mile two furlongs at 3.55pm.
The last of the seven races is due off at 5.30pm, and there’s superb live music after racing with Coast playing their own interpretations of well known songs for three hours.
The flat finale for 2009 is the John Smith’s No Nonsense Raceday on 31 October with the first of seven races at 12.45pm.
The feature race of the afternoon is the John Smith’s Handicap over a mile at 1.55pm with £15,000 in the prize fund, and the final race is due off at 4.10pm.
But the fun doesn’t end there - top local covers band Sistrum appear in the Horseshoe Bar for three hours after racing. Gates open at 11.00am and the fun goes on until after 7.00pm.
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.
For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail eliteayrshire@
Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:
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
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms
Fame Publicity Services
Telephone: 01292 281498
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