[Pictured: First Minister Alex Salmond at Ayr Racecourse last year, congratulating jockey Frankie Dettori on winning his second Ayr Gold Cup in successive years.]
A keen horseracing fan, Mr Salmond will appear live on Channel 4’s Morning Line from the track at 8 o’clock on Saturday September 17 before spending the remainder of the day taking in Scotland’s biggest flat race meeting of the year.
He will be a guest of Racecourse owners Alan Macdonald and Richard Johnstone and watch the big race, the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, from a Private Box in the Princess Royal Stand.
Mr Salmond will be hoping for a Scottish winner of the Gold Cup which hasn’t been won by a home-trained horse since Roman Warrior’s memorable win 36 years ago.
The best chance of that happening lies with the Jim Goldie trained Hawkeyethenoo which is currently priced at 14/1 with sponsors William Hill.
Advance ticket sales for the three-day meeting are selling well and it is expected crowds of more than 22,000 will take in the meeting which runs from Thursday until Saturday and features Ladies Day on Friday when one lucky lady will drive off in a Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition courtesy of Kerr & Smith.
Ayr Racecourse ales and marketing manager Lindsey Smith said: “It’s a great boost that the First Minister’s Office have indicated that Mr Salmond will attend again this year. You can have no greater endorsement for your race meeting than your country’s leader stating he wants to attend.
“We are happy with advance sales and as ever will hope for some good weather to give us an added edge. We have a saying at the Racecourse that summer in Ayr doesn’t end until after the Gold Cup is run, so let’s hope for some real summer weather next week.”
For more information or to book tickets call 01292 264179 or go online at http://www.ayr-
Advance bookings discounts apply until 7 days before the day of the meeting.
For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 07795-565691.
Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
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 wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.
Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. 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.
Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.
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