The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Ayr voted one of six best racecourses by ROA for fourth year in a row

By: Iain Ferguson

AYR Racecourse has been voted as one of the top six large racecourses in the country for racehorse owners for the fourth year in a row.


The accolade comes from the Racehorse Owners Association, the body that has represented racehorse owners for more than 70 years.

Joining Scotland’s premier track in the top six large racecourses to receive the ROA Gold Standard Award for 2018 are Ascot, Cheltenham, Chester, Haydock Park and York.

Ayr has now been awarded the Gold Standard every year since the inception of the new Award format in 2015.

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.

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

“To be given the Gold Standard for the fourth successive year is particularly pleasing, and reflects all the hard work and dedication and attention to detail we pride ourselves on reflecting the importance in which we hold racehorse owners.

“We are continually monitoring our raceday experience so we can continue to deliver the best experience possible for owners.”

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 6 December.

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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