The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Ayr Racecourse wins two awards in one week

By: Iain Ferguson

AYR Racecourse has won many awards over the years, but to gain two in the space of seven days is way above par for the course.


But that is what happened this week.

Firstly, Ayr was named as one the top six large racecourses in the country for owners and awarded the Racehorse Owners Association Gold Standard status for the second year in a row.

ROA representatives visited every track in Britain at least once to assess all aspects of the raceday experience for owners. In addition, feedback was provided by hundreds of ROA members following their racecourse visits.

The six large courses awarded Gold Standard were Ayr, Ascot, Chester, Haydock Park, Cheltenham and York.

Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown said: “I am delighted that we have retained the ROA Gold Standard and remain one of only six large racecourses to be given the accolade.

“We strive to deliver the best experience possible for owners, and to receive recognition like this is very rewarding.”

Racecourses are divided into two categories – large and small – with their classification decided by a range of factors, including the quality of racing and attendance figures. The six tracks in each category that were considered to provide owners with the best raceday experience will hold the Award for the next 12 months.

One racecourse from each section will be named as their respective category’s ‘Racecourse of the Year’ at the annual ROA Horseracing Awards to be held in London on Thursday 1 December.

Top award for Ayr Racecourse chef de cuisine Paul

And also this week, Ayr Racecourse and Western House Hotel chef de cuisine Paul Cuthbert was named the 2016 Catering Personality of the Year at the National Racecourse Catering Awards.


Paul was unable to attend the event held earlier this month at Doncaster Racecourse and was presented with his award and a magnum of champagne by Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown at the course on Saturday (pictured above).

A delighted Paul said: “This is not just for me but for the entire kitchen staff. It is a real team effort and I thrilled for us all to win this.”

Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown added: “It is a great honour for Paul and the team at Ayr Racecourse and Western House Hotel that he has been recognised in this way.

“The National Racecourse Catering Awards are very prestigious within the industry and this is a great accolade.”

Paul has spent more than 34 years preparing sumptuous food and picking up award after award in doing so.

On leaving school he began working in various hotels in and around Ayrshire and has built up a reputation over the years as a chef who specialises in catering for large functions.

Over his many years in the catering industry Paul has won a plethora of awards include three Scot Hots, a Gold Medal at the Culinary Olympics in 2000 and National Chef of the Year Awards in 1994, 1996 and 1998.

He worked for many years for Celtic Football Club before joining Ayr Racecourse and Western House Hotel in 2009, as head chef, becoming chef de cuisine in 2014.

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


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