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ISLE OF SKYE AND KELSO RACECOURSE JOIN FORCES TO END SEASON IN STYLE

10th May 2004

Edinburgh, 10 May 2004: This month
(19 & 20 May 2004), Kelso Racecourse's eagerly anticipated 'The Isle of
Skye 8 Years Old Scotch Whisky Kelso Carnival' will bring the National Hunt
racing season to a spectacular close with prize money topping £168,000.

 

Whisky distillers, Ian Macleod, will
headline sponsor 'Britain's
friendliest course' for the second year running to promote their flagship brand
- the Isle of Skye 8 Years Old blended Scotch Whisky.

 

Kelso Racecourse expects to attract
quality horses from England,
Ireland and Scotland and
top National Hunt trainers, Nicky Henderson, Jonjo O'Neil and Charlie Swan have
all indicated that they have saved horses for this prestigious meeting.

 

The two-day carnival kicks off on
Wednesday 19 May at 2.30pm with The Intermediate Steeple Chase topping £25,000.
Thursday's event begins at 6.35pm with the Queen's Head Kelso Maiden Hurdle
offering prize money of £8,000.

 

The highlight of the carnival will
take place on the second day when the Isle of Skye 8 Years Old Scotch Whisky
Handicap Steeple Chase gets underway. Scheduled for 8.05pm, this race is the
richest on the card with £30,000 added to the stakes.

 

Iain Weir, Head of Marketing at Ian
Macleod Distillers Ltd., said, "After the great success of last year's
carnival we are very excited to be involved in this prestigious event again and
are looking forward to some top quality racing."

 

Richard Landale, Managing Director
of Kelso Races, said, " Our association with Ian Macleod Distillers has
been to such great mutual benefit that we have extended the racecourse
franchise to include some of their other brands including Glengoyne Single
Highland Malt Whisky, London Hill Dry Gin and Watson's Trawler Rum. We are
delighted that they are once again sponsoring the feature race of the meeting
with their Isle of Skye Whisky."

 

For more information contact:

 

Iain Weir

Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd

T: +44 (0)1506 852205

 

Kate Nimmo

Profile Plus

T: +44 (0) 131 554 6111

 

Notes to Editors:

 

Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd. is an
independent family-owned company, founded by Leonard Russell in 1936. The
acquisition of Glengoyne Distillery, in April 2003, fulfils Ian Macleod's
strategic objective to become a fully integrated distiller, blender and
bottler. Ian Macleod produces a range of blended and malt whiskies, as well as
rum, gin and vodka.

 

Award-winning Isle of Skye is an
exceptional blended whisky that was created over 100 years ago by Islander and
Clan Member, Ian Macleod, who lived on the Isle of Skye, which is a mystical
island on the west coast of Scotland.
His quest was to produce a whisky evocative of his beloved isles, and it is a
measure of his success that his original family recipe is still used today.

 

Isle of
Skye is particularly smooth and mellow,
with a satisfying complexity and depth. There are several reasons for this, not
the least being the unusually high proportion of first class Island
and Speyside malts used in the blend. Furthermore, all malts used are aged to
the peak of maturity (between 8 and 15 years) at their distillery of origin
before being blended with mature grain whisky.

 

Chief Blender at Ian Macleod
Distillers Ltd, Gordon Doctor, is custodian of the blend and ensures a sample
from every individual cask of mature single whisky is nosed for top quality
before allowing it to be blended.

 

Isle of
Skye is a whisky of rare distinction and
character and offers qualities only associated with world-class, premium
whiskies - no other whisky more truly captures the "tangle o' the
Isles". Isle of Skye is distributed in
over 20 markets around the world by Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd.

 

The Isle of Skye range includes an
8yr old, a 12 yr old and a 21yr old and RRP price in the UK starts from
£11.99 for a standard 70cl bottle.

 

For further information contact Ian
Macleod Distillers Ltd on tel: 01506 852205 or www.ianmacleod.com