Chester Racecourse has been named as the best in Britain for racehorse owners.
The award was made last Thursday evening at the 34th annual Horseracing Awards of the Racehorse Owners Association, sponsored by Weatherbys, at London’s InterContinental Hotel.
Chester is among 12 of the country’s 60 racecourses awarded Gold Standard status by the ROA (Racehorse Owners Association) during the autumn. These 12 formed the awards shortlist.
Alan Pickering, Chairman of the ROA Raceday Committee, said: “We can reveal the outright winner of the best large racecourse among those racecourse recipients of the newly competitive ROA Gold Standard Award that recognises all that is best about the owners’ raceday experience. Chester has come out on top.
“Chester has a reputation for making all racegoers feel special, partly because of its exceptional owners’ restaurant in the centre of the racecourse. It is heartening to report that the racecourse executive ensures that owners feel extra special. We regularly receive unsolicited positive comments from those of our members who have been lucky enough to have a horse run at Chester.”
As part of the ROA Gold Standard Award process, association representatives visited every racecourse in Britain at least once between January and October to assess all aspects of the owners’ raceday experience. In addition, feedback was provided by hundreds of ROA members following their own racecourse visits.
Commenting on the win, Jeannie Chantler, Owners and Trainers Liaison, Chester Race Company said:
“We’re thrilled to see Chester on top, and to win the first award of its kind from the Racehorse Owners Association, it’s testament to the hard work and dedication the team put in to ensuring every owner enjoys the best possible experience and personal attention from the moment the horse is entered. Our entertainment suite, extended and refurbished for the 2015 season has allowed us to ensure that owners of all placed horses as well as winning owners enjoy the highest level of care while they are with us, something we will continue to strive for every season.”
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