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ROA Gold Standard Award

The pinnacle of racehorse ownership is going racing with a runner. The raceday experience should be an enjoyable one, and many of Britain's 60 racecourses offer owners with a runner an unforgettable day.

Chester atmospherePictured 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 a maximum of 16 courses. These have been divided into Large and Small racecourses, with a maximum of 6 in the large and 10 in the small categories being awarded the accolade. In addition one course in each category is highlighted as being most improved in the preceeding 12 months – hopefully they will make the Gold Standard Award shortlist soon.

The 2018 Gold Standard Award winners are:

Large Racecourses

  • Ascot
  • Ayr
  • Cheltenham
  • Chester
  • Haydock Park
  • York
  • Most improved: Newbury

Overall winner: TBC at the ROA Horseracing Awards

Small Racecourses

  • Bangor-on-Dee
  • Carlisle
  • Fakenham
  • Hamilton Park
  • Market Rasen
  • Musselburgh
  • Perth
  • Sedgefield
  • Uttoxeter
  • Most improved: Wetherby

Joint overall winners: TBC at the ROA Horseracing Awards

From 1st January the hunt will be on to find the 2019 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 2019 Gold Standard Award, before the final decisions are made in October.

The assessment forms used by the Committee are available here as PDF's:

  Large course Gold Standard assessment form

  Small Course Gold Standard assesement form

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