Race Night a Huge Success

What a great night we had at the races last Friday courtesy of Ian Alexander and his many stable-hands. The event, held at Ayr Rugby Club, had been organised to raise funds for charitable causes but mainly for Crossroads (South Ayrshire) Care Attendant Scheme. Forty-five members and guests attended and the amount raised was a staggering £1450.

The evening was expertly managed from start to finish whereas most people’s chosen horses rarely showed up at the finish. Not that this was unexpected since we were all warned that this was not like real gambling. With gambling there is a realistic chance of winning but at a charity event such as this, winning is an unusual happening!


Undeterred however, we all trooped up hopefully at the start of each race to place our stake with the bookies. Thereafter each race was shown on video with the audience cheering on their horses enthusiastically until the cheers turned mostly to groans.

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Eight races were run and each was generously sponsored by one of the following local companies:

Pieroni Fishmongers, Carr Marketing Ltd, Ronaldo’s Ice Cream Parlour,

Mainholm Nursery, MacFarlanes Restaurant, Horizon Hotel,

Physioflexx physiotherapy, Harbour View Restaurant


In the words of Abba – the winner takes it all, That’ll be John Dunlop then. He scooped the big money prize in the last race after purchasing the horse, Blossom, in a hard-fought, pre-race auction. Blossom bore fruit and John generously donated half of his prize money to Crossroads.

A variety of raffles and spot prizes provided some degree of compensation to those who may have been unlucky on the horses and a much-complimented buffet was enjoyed thanks mostly to Eileen Alexander.

Well done to all who supported this big club event including our own members, Crossroads, Ayr Twinning, Ayr Curling Club, Sponsors, Friends & Family; but especially to Ian and Eileen whose idea it was.