Wednesday, 8th November – Market Rasen Racecourse, which stages racing tomorrow (Thursday), was today named as one of the top tracks in Britain by the 8,000-strong Racehorse Owners Association. It is the third year in a row that the Lincolnshire venue has received the ‘Gold Standard’ award which is now run on a competitive basis among the 61 racecourses in Britain. Just 12 receive the accolade every year.
Representatives of racehorse owners visited every track in Britain at least once in 2017 to assess all aspects of the race-day experience. In addition, feedback was provided by hundreds of ROA members following their racecourse visits.
Large racecourses: Ascot; Ayr; Cheltenham; Chester; Haydock Park; and York.
Small racecourses: Bangor-on-Dee; Bath; Hamilton Park; Market Rasen; Musselburgh; and Sedgefield.
“We are absolutely thrilled to retain the ROA Gold Standard for a third year in succession. Like our fellow racecourses in The Jockey Club, we place huge importance on our relationship with Britain’s horsemen – racehorse owners, trainers, jockeys and stable staff. We’ve always had a strong reputation for excellent ground conditions and a varied race programme – and we provide the best possible race-day experience for owners.”
Among the recent innovations and improvements made by Market Rasen are:
Alan Pickering, Chairman of the ROA’s Raceday Committee, said:
“The competitive nature of the Gold Standard Award was seen to greater effect than ever before this year, with the closest finishes thus far. The decision-making process was really challenging as the vast majority of racecourses showed improvement, which demonstrates their recognition of the importance of owners, and keeping them in the sport.”
“Our awards truly set the ‘Gold Standard’ that all racecourses can aspire to and we celebrate those which go the extra mile. Whilst several courses have unveiled new or refurbished facilities this year, we have seen plenty of other enhancements to the owners’ race day experience that make a real difference. These include the entertainment of placed connections, a welcome drink upon arrival and a thank you letter post-race day.”