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Gold Cup competition

THE biggest and best race meeting of the Scottish flat racing season – the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival – comes under orders at Ayr Racecourse on Thursday September 15. This three-day extravaganza of top-quality horse racing runs through until September 17 – William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Saturday.

Many of the top names in racing will be taking part, including jockeys like Frankie Dettori, Kieren Fallon, Champion Flat Jockey Paul Hanagan and Seb Saunders.

The opening day features the Handicap for the Kilkerran Cup and the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky Handicap. Friday is Ladies Day, with the principal races the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup over six furlongs and the Harry Rosebery Stakes, a Listed Race for the South Ayrshire Cup. And ladies can drive off in a fabulous Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition – the star prize in this year’s Ladies Day competition – courtesy of Kerr & Smith.

Bronze coins have been awarded to best-dressed ladies at a variety of race meetings throughout the year, including Ladies Day itself, and everyone who has won a coin will draw the name of a horse running in the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup.

The lucky lady who has the winning horse wins the car and the second lands a terrific holiday to Dubai from Stewart Travel. The third-placed wins a piece of jewellery from Alex Cairncross of Perth.

On Saturday, the big race of the week is run – the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, the richest sprint handicap in Europe, and the William Hill Ayr Silver Cup along with several other top races, including the Laundry Cottage Stud Firth of Clyde and the Doonside Cup.

And the great news is the Carrick Gazette has an easy to enter competition to win tickets to the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival. First prize is a pair of three day Club Badges, runner-up receives a pair of Club Badges for Saturday and third prize is a pair of Friday Club Badges.

To have a chance of winning one of the prizes simply answer the following question:

Who is the current Champion Flat Jockey ?

a) Kieren Hanagan b) Frankie Hanagan c) Paul Hanagan

Send you answers by email to or by post to Carrick Gazette, 32 Dalrymple Street, Girvan, KA26 9AE with your name, address and contact number no later than noon on Tuesday, September 6. Good luck!

Win VIP hospitality for for two to Ladies Night

IT’S one of the most glamorous nights of the year – the Champagne GH Mumm Ladies Night at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday, August 6.

Ladies glam up in glittering dresses, colourful hats and shoes and head to the track for seven races and an unbelievable night of entertainment.

After racing, the fabulous Overtones will perform a full set of their hits, including ‘Gamblin’ Man’ from their platinum selling album ‘Good Ol’ Fashioned Love’.

The Overtones have been one of the big successes on the music scene in 2011 and their Ayr gig comes ahead of a full British tour later in the year. Best dressed ladies on the night can win big by being awarded a bronze coin and a passport to Ladies Day Final on Friday September 16.

Prizes that day are simply superb – the star prize is a Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition courtesy of Kerr & Smith. The runner-up receives a fabulous holiday to Dubai from Stewart Travel, and third prize is a piece of jewellery from designer Alex Cairncross.

Judges will mingle with the crowd on Ladies Night and choose a number of ladies they consider to be the best dressed on the night.

They will be presented with a bronze coin that guarantees them a place in Ladies Day Final when they will draw the name of a horse running in the big race that day – the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup.

The Carrick Gazette has teamed up with Ayr Racecourse to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a super VIP hospitality package for two for Champagne GH Mumm Ladies Night on August 6.

The prize comprises:

lEntrance to the course

lBucks Fizz reception on arrival.

lThree course meal plus late evening supper.

lDrinks package.

lA live performance from The Overtones on an outside stage beside the Paddock after racing.

lThe chance to meet the Overtones

All you have to do to have a chance of winning this fabulous prize is to answer this simple question:

Name The Overtones big hit single?

(a) Dancin’ Man (b) Gamblin’ Man c) Drinkin’ Man

Put your answer on a postcard and send it to Ladies Night competition, Carrick Gazette, 32 Dalrymple Street, Girvan, KA26 9AE or by email to by no later than noon on Tuesday, August 2.

Good luck!

Gold Cup race Meeting Proves a Winner - Ayrshire Post 25 September 2009

SUN, fun and three days of fantastic racing.

That was Ayr Gold Cup 2009.

More than 21,000 people flocked to Ayr spending around £2million in pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels and of course Ayr Racecourse itself.

John Robinson from Newcastle was among those who travelled hundreds of miles to enjoy the event.

He said: “I race all over – York, Doncaster, Ascot and Longchamp and Ayr is exceptional and the staff are wonderful.”

London girl Alex Wilson couldn’t believe her luck when she landed first prize in the best dressed ladies contest.

She drove off in a Vauxhall Tigra courtesy of Kerr and Smith and Iveco Trucks.

She said: “It is unbelievable. Its my first trip to Ayr races and I’ve won this fabulous car. I’m so excited.

“Now I’ll have to arrange another visit here to drive my car back home.”

Runner up was Nicola Healy of Kilmarnock who won a seven night cruise courtesy of Stewart Travel and Fred Olsen and third prize went to Mauchline woman Jillian Wyllie – a piece of jewellery from Alex Cairncross and a spa package for two from Purity Spa at Lochgreen House.

The best dressed gent was Scott Stimson of Ayr who was presented with a £300 voucher courtesy of Slater Menswear.

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