Racing Post Readers Award 2017

The Racecourse Association and Racing Post are delighted to announce the launch of the 2017 Racing Post Readers Award which continues to grow as it reaches its fifth year.

The Racing Post Readers Award is voted for by the readers of the Racing Post and celebrates outstanding customer service on racecourses. It is hugely valued by racecourses owing to the direct nature of the feedback from customers and the insight this provides.

The award is part of the RCA Showcase & Awards, the marquee event celebrating excellence and innovation on racecourses which features eleven categories as well as an overall Showcase Champion and Groundstaff Champion.

Individuals can submit a maximum of five different entries allowing them to pick out more than one top-class experience. Whoever submits the winning entry will be treated to a VIP day out at the winning racecourse.

The longlist of entries will be shortened down by the RCA and Racing Post before the independent Showcase judging panel will decide the winner.

Last year there were a record number of entries as Bath took the prestigious prize through Gavin Priestley’s entry. Gavin and his family visited all 60 racecourses in 20 days last summer to raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund and the reception they received at Bath stood out from the crowd, making them worthy victors.

The other previous winners have all come from the north with Hamilton Park, Pontefract and Aintree collecting the first three editions.

Paul Swain, RCA Racecourse Services Executive, said: “This award is a hugely important part of the RCA Showcase & Awards, giving racegoers the chance to directly tell us about their positive experiences on racecourses. It is always a closely fought competition and we look forward to receiving the entries and crowning a winner at Newbury on November 16.”

Louise Agran, Racing Post Marketing Director, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Racing Post readers award at the RCA Showcase awards for the fifth time this year. The award is so important as it gives our readers and users the chance to comment on their experiences as racegoers and to recognise those racecourses who put their customers first.”

Entries can be made online at or via email to Social media posts to the Racing Post Facebook/Twitter may also be accepted, as will postal entries to Racing Post Readers Award, The Racecourse Association, Winkfield Road, Ascot, SL5 7HX.