Pictured right: The Owners' Pavilion at Chester is one of the premier raceday dining experiences amongst Britain's racecourses.
The ROA Gold Standard Award for racecourses was established in 2006 to recognise excellence in the owners’ raceday experience, and it has been assisting in driving up standards at racecourses across the country ever since.
In order for the Gold Standard to remain a positive force for change it has had to evolve, and so since 2015 the number of Gold Standard Awards given annually has been capped at 12 tracks. These have been divided into Large and Small racecourses, with 6 in each category been awarded the accolade.
The 2016 Gold Standard Award winners are:-
Overall winner: CHESTER
Chester was voted the Large Racecourse of the Year in 2015, but they were not content to rest on their laurels and have come out on top once again. In particular, the introduction of appearance money has proved extremely popular with our members.It is as expensive to get a losing horse to the track as a winning one, which Chester have recognised, and their response is one that otherracecourses in their category should look at.In fact, all racegoers get a good deal at Chester and it is particularly gratifying to see that owners continue to receive the quality of service which is essential if they are to continue running their horses on UK racecourses.
Overall winner: NOTTINGHAM
Although Nottingham has invested substantial amounts of money in improving the owners’ raceday experience – splendidly equipped rooms, excellent food and iconic prizes – it is the quality of service which has really made the difference. From start to finish at Nottingham, every member of the racecourse team makes owners feel special. This does not cost any money but is a massive credit to the staff and those who lead them
From 1st January the hunt will be on to find the 2017 Gold Standard Award winners. Once again the ROA Raceday Committee will be visiting every racecourse before the end of September, and assessing as to its suitability as a candidate for the 2017 Gold Standard Award, before the final decisions are made in October.
Click here to download a copy of the ROA's Gold Standard checklist 2016 Raceday Assessment form
Feedback from ROA Members is essential for the selection process, so please complete the Raceday Experience Questionnaire to help us build a full picture of how each racecourse welcomes owners on the day.
To view the facilities at each racecourse please click here.
Within the Owners Guide to Racecourses, each course has an item called Track Talk, which lists all of the latest racecourse developments affecting racehorse owners.