Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Ayr Racecourse awarded gold standard
By: Iain Ferguson
AYR RACECOURSE has been awarded one of the most prestigious awards in horse racing – the Racehorse Owners Gold Standard Award.
[Pictured: ROA Council member for Scotland Alan Guthrie (left) presents the ROA Gold Standard Award to Ayr Racecourse chairman Alan Macdonald. Click on any image to view / download full-size version.]
The award is presented to courses that improve facilities for owners, horses and stable staff.
Racecourse Chairman Alan Macdonald received the award from Alan Guthrie, ROA Council member for Scotland at a recent race meeting and commented: “We are delighted to be awarded the Gold Standard from the ROA. In the five years Richard Johnstone and I have owned the racecourse we have attempted to make Ayr as owner-friendly as possible.
“The introduction of complimentary meals before racing in Western House Hotel proved to be very popular and in 2008 we opened the new Owners Bar which we believe is one of the bets facilities for owners and trainers in British racing.”
Alan Guthrie added : “We are delighted to award Ayr the Gold Standard. Their hospitality for owners with runners is exemplary and they display all of the required attributes in their facilities for owners, horses and stable staff, making them very deserving of the award.”
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