For the second successive year and since the award was inaugurated, Chester took home the award for Large Racecourse of the Year at the 2016 Horseracing Awards. The prestigious awards, held annually by the Racehorse Owners Association, were held at a ceremony in London’s Intercontinental Hotel on Thursday 1 December.
In addition to the accolade, Chester is once again one of 12 of the country’s 60 racecourses awarded Gold Standard status during the autumn.
Alan Pickering, Chairman of the ROA Raceday Committee, said: “Happy racehorse owners say that a good raceday experience is critical in maintaining their loyalty to the sport. Certain racecourses are not just good but excellent. In October, we announced the six large courses and six small racetracks which qualified for the accolade of the ROA Gold Standard Award. We can now announce the outright winner in each class.
“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 other racecourses 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.”
This award concludes the collection of silverware for another year, in which Chester was also awarded Owners Experience at the Showcase Awards in November.