Fire­works rock­et­ing from horse train­ers

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Stu­art Wil­son

A char­ity forced to scrap its an­nual fire­works dis­play has been paid £ 5000 in com­pen­sa­tion, the Post can re­veal.

Bosses at Ayr Race­course, who faced fury from train­ers over the show scar­ing their horses, have made the do­na­tion to or­gan­is­ers at BUYMSH.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion, bid­ding to build a new home for sick kids in Ayr, was set to blast more than 8000 py­rotech­nics above the track last Fri­day.

But a back­lash from han­dlers, who planned to sta­ble their an­i­mals overnight, forced an eleventh hour u- turn.

The event has now been resched­uled for this com­ing Fri­day.

Far- t rav­elled English train­ers, in­clud­ing Don­ald McCain and Kerry Lee, had taken to so­cial me­dia to lead calls for a can­cel­la­tion.

They were com­ing north for Ayr’s Ten­nent’s race­day on Satur­day, which fea­tured the high- pro­file Scot­tish Cham­pion Hur­dle Trial.

Lee said: “The sta­bles are ad­ja­cent to the track and horses as a rule are ter­ri­fied of both noise and lights from fire­works.

“Fire­works on the night be­fore a Satur­day meet­ing is plain stupid.”

Char­ity bosses, who in­sist they flagged up the pos­si­ble fix­ture clash in ad­vance, are now set to do it all again.

BUYMSH chair­man, Nigel Martin, said: “It was pre­vi­ously con­sid­ered that this would not be an is­sue but be­cause of ear­lier rac­ing, a greater num­ber of horses were stay­ing overnight and horse train­ers were not happy with the prospect of fire­works.

“Clearly it was nec­es­sary for the race­course to make horse rac­ing its pri­or­ity and the dis­play was can­celled.

“In the knowl­edge that there was a race meet­ing tak­ing place on the Satur­day, the char­ity did carry out all nec­es­sary due checks and con­tacted Ayr Race­course with re­gard to the horses to be told there would be no is­sues with horses and our event could take place.”

A race­course spokesman con­firmed the size­able do­na­tion, along with more than £ 900 col­lected by the char­ity dur­ing Satur­day’s race­day.

BUYMSH bucket col­lec­tors also took £ 500 after be­ing in­vited to the Ayr Rugby fire­works dis­play.

Race­course spokesman, Iain Fer­gu­son, said: “The sit­u­a­tion was ex­ac­er­bated when it be­came clear the in­creased prize­money we had put into the meet­ing had at­tracted horses of a higher stan­dard than nor­mally would run at this meet­ing and many were com­ing from fur­ther afield and re­quired overnight sta­bling.

“The ear­lier than nor­mal start also meant that more horses had to be sta­bled overnight.

“We are de­lighted the dis­play has now been resched­uled to Fri­day just seven days after the planned date and is not in com­pe­ti­tion with any other lo­cal dis­plays.

“We have do­nated a sub­stan­tial amount to BUYMSH and gave them the op­por­tu­nity to hold an exit col­lec­tion after rac­ing on Satur­day which raised a hand­some sum.

Kick off this Fri­day is 6pm and in­cludes a fun­fair, cir­cus acts and more.

The first 200 chil­dren will be given free glow sticks and Domino’s will hand out free pizza at the end of the show.

Flash­back Last year’s fire­works dis­play at the race­course

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