Media Release: Ayr Racecourse makes it eight awards in a row


CORKS were popping at Ayr Racecourse when it was announced that the track had been voted Racecourse of the Year 2011 for Scotland and the North East by The Racegoers Club.

Begins a spokesperson: “It is the eighth consecutive year the accolade has been bestowed on Ayr, and underlines the course’s status as the premier racecourse in Scotland and the country’s only Grade 1 track.

“The fantastic run of awards dates back to 2004, the first full year current owners, Alan Macdonald and Richard Johnstone, were at the helm.

“Ayr has thrived, and as well as staging Scotland’s two most prestigious Festivals – the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival in April and the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival in September – many major music acts have appeared at the course, including Alexandra Burke, Deacon Blue, Status Quo, The Saw Doctors, Stacey Solomon and The Overtones.

“In addition, facilities at the track have greatly improved in both Club and Grandstand areas. All racecourse catering has been in house for the last 6 years, and is currently headed by renowned executive chef, Donald McInnes.

“The Racegoers Club has more than 6,500 members who are all active racegoers. Ayr has now won the award 18 times since 1990.”

Ayr Racecourse sales and marketing manager, Lindsey Smith, said: “It is a great honour to have won this award again, which means we are retaining our popularity with our core audience. I’d like to thank everyone at the Racegoer’s Club who voted for us.”

To find out more about racing at Ayr you can visit or call 01292-264179.

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.


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 chair of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail


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