York crowned Racegoers Club 'Racecourse of the Year'
York Crowned Racegoers Club Racecourse of the Year
York voted best racecourse for the third year running by members of the Official Club of British Racegoers.
York, Redcar, Cheltenham, Ludlow, Goodwood and Wincanton take regional honours.
York has been voted the best racecourse in the country for the third year running by the members of the Racegoers Club, the official supporters club for British Racing fans. It is the ninth time York has been awarded the title.
William Derby, Chief Executive and Clerk of York Racecourse, said, “The Racegoers Club is a fantastic organisation which represents a membership who are committed followers of the sport with horseracing being both their hobby and passion. To be ranked as number one by some of the most knowledgeable visitors to Britain’s many great racecourses is a real honour. To retain the accolade of ‘Racecourse of the Year’ for three consecutive seasons is such a huge tribute to the hard work of so many that make racing at York such a special experience. We are very much looking forward to an exciting year of racing ahead which includes the first ever £1million Sky Bet Ebor and the opening of our new Premier Racing Lounge - we hope racegoers will continue to enjoy the racing, atmosphere and experience of a raceday at York. We shall, of course, be doing our very best to retain the crown when racing returns on Wednesday 15 May.”
York also took the title of Best Large Racecourse in Scotland & The North, while Redcar was voted Best Small Racecourse in the same region.
Cheltenham Racecourse was voted best Large Racecourse in the Midlands, while Ludlow was voted the Best Small Racecourse in the area.
In the South, Goodwood Racecourse took the title of Best Large Racecourse for its region and Wincanton collected Best Small Racecourse.
Voters were asked for their scores on five categories; viewing experience, facilities, food & beverage, atmosphere and value for money. The courses were split into three geographical regions and the winners were selected by the highest overall average score across all categories.
The results saw 21 racecourses scoring over 4.5 out of 5 in any particular category, highlighting the hard work that racecourses have been putting into maximising customer experience.
The staff at York Racecourse received high praise from many members with one commenting: “The staff at York are the most welcoming and helpful on any racecourse. We went to three days of the Ebor Festival and each day was enhanced by the wonderful staff.”
Goodwood was also a popular racecourse with one member saying “This is the 53rd racecourse I have visited and one I will be putting at the top of my list to revisit. The facilities were excellent and the staff friendly and helpful.”
On Cheltenham one member said: “It is always a pleasure to visit Cheltenham racecourse which is the stand out venue for jumps racing in the country”
There was also a lot of praise for the smaller racecourses too. One member said of Ludlow “The staff are friendly and helpful, the viewing is fantastic, and the food and drink are very well priced.”
Wincanton was a popular racecourse with one member saying “The thing that distinguishes Wincanton from every other racecourse is the exceptional level of friendly and helpful service you get from all the staff”
The praise for the smaller tracks didn’t stop there, one member commented on Redcar saying: “The quality of service is fantastic, and they always make you feel like an important part of the raceday.”
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About the Racegoers Club
Managed by the Racecourse Association, the Racegoers Club is the official supporters club of British Racing and is now in its 51st year. The club champions racegoers across the country, supporting members and ensuring that racegoers have a voice with racecourses and in the wider industry.
Our aims are simple; to drive support for British horseracing at all levels, encouraging attendance and engagement with the sport we love. We also aim to encourage ownership of thoroughbred racehorses through our Owners Groups and be a champion for the racegoer.The club is a not for profit organisation, focused on providing a better club for our members and delivering the best value available in racing.
The Racecourse Association (RCA), formed in 1907, is the trade association for British racecourses. 59 racecourses are members and have equal voting rights. The RCA serves the interests of its 59 British racecourse members both inside and outside the sport, empowering them to be the best venues that they can be.