The Racehorse Owners Association today announced the recipients of Gold Standard Award status to 12 of Britain’s 61 racecourses. Divided into two categories, Large and Small Racecourses, Chester Racecourse received the Large Racecourse Gold Standard status for a 10th consecutive year.
Measured by a range of factors, including the quality of racing and attendance figures, Chester, alongside Ascot, Ayr, Cheltenham, Haydock Park and York, was considered to provide owners with the best raceday experience and will hold the Award for the next 12 months.
Chester Racecourse were the first racecourse to be awarded ‘Racecourse of the Year’ in 2015, retaining the title in 2016 and as newly crowned Gold Standard Award holders will now be in contention for this year’s accolade at the annual ROA Horseracing Awards, to be held in London on Thursday 7th December.
Alan Pickering, Chairman of the ROA’s Raceday Committee, said: “The competitive nature of the Gold Standard Award was seen to greater effect than ever before this year, with the closest finishes thus far.”
Chester’s sister course, Bangor-on-Dee was also award Gold Standard status for the first time in the Small Racecourse category.
Chester Race Company Chief Executive Richard Thomas, said: “To be recognised with a Gold Standard once again for Chester and for the first time, Bangor on Dee, is a fantastic acheivement. Chester Race Company has worked tirelessly to ensure the offering for Owners remains at the pinnacle of our agenda and today’s rewards suggest our hard work is paying off at both tracks. We are indebted to the support of Owners and our aim is to ensure every single visit is an enjoyable and rewarding experience, regardless of the race result.”
Read more about the ROA Gold Standard Award here: https://www.roa.co.uk/en/news/index.cfm/goldstandard2017