2018 Owners Experience Finalists Announced

The RCA is delighted to announce the first confirmed Finalists for the 2018 Showcase & Awards.

In conjunction with the ROA, the Owners’ Experience Award celebrates and rewards racecourses that have provided an exemplary experience for racehorse owners. As with all Showcase Awards, the core themes of excellence and innovation are at the fore, whilst with this particular award the most improved racecourses given strong prominence in the nominations which are derived solely from ROA members.

The five Finalists for 2018 are:

  • Ludlow Racecourse
  • Newbury Racecourse
  • Newmarket Racecourses
  • Uttoxeter Racecourse
  • Wetherby Racecourse

Charlie Liverton, Chief Executive of the ROA, commented “The ROA are delighted to once again be involved in the Owners Experience Award.  The nominees really reflect the ‘innovation and excellence’ ethos of the RCA’s Showcase & Awards and have been shortlisted thanks to the feedback from ROA members which this year has been received in unprecedented levels.”

With regards to each of the Finalists, Liverton added:

“Newbury and Wetherby have each unveiled new owners’ and trainers’ facilities over the last twelve months, both of which have been warmly received by owners.

Ludlow supplemented their strong prize-money levels with the introduction of complimentary food for those with a runner on the day which has seen their feedback score massively improve.

Whilst it was the new Runners Lounge at the Newmarket July course which suitably impressed our members, Uttoxeter’s private viewing box with a complimentary drink went down very well.”

We wish the RCA a successful Awards evening and look forward to seeing which course will be crowned the winner.”

Caroline Davies, Racecourse Services Director, commented “It is always an exciting time of year announcing our first Finalists for the Showcase & Awards. I’m delighted to see the ROA members embrace our ethos of excellence and innovation when providing their feedback as to which racecourses have delivered a fantastic Owners’ experience.

“The diverse mix of the 2018 Finalists is the perfect blend of those with a long-standing, high-quality offering and those who have improved significantly over the past year. I look forward to seeing which racecourse is deemed the winner by our independent judging panel.”

The five nominated Finalists will now enter a submission to convince the independent judging panel that their owners experience is deserving of this prestigious award. The winner will be announced on the evening of the Showcase Awards on Thursday 8th November at Aintree Racecourse.