Showcase & Awards 2018- The Finalists

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

The RCA Showcase & Awards, partnered by Moët Hennessy, Racing Post, Racing Breaks and Great British Racing, celebrate excellence and innovation in racecourse customer experience. The Finalists were decided after a day of intense voting and decision making from the panel of six independent judges.

A winner in each category, as well as an overall Champion Racecourse, will be decided at the RCA’s annual marquee Showcase & Awards event which this year takes place at Aintree Racecourse, the reigning Showcase Champions, on Thursday 8th November.

The list of Finalists across the 10 categories covers 25 racecourses in total.  Hamilton Park lead the way with four nominations each, whilst Ascot, Beverley, Goodwood, Newbury, Newmarket, Royal Windsor, Sandown Park and Uttoxeter also cap off fine years with three nominations each.

Racecourses that have been named as Finalists in two or more categories are now invited to submit an entry for Champion Racecourse. As well as those already listed, Aintree, Bath, Cartmel, Newton Abbot and Pontefract are also contenders for the RCA’s most prestigious award.

Caroline Davies, the RCA’s Racecourse Services Director, said, “It is one of the most exciting times of year to see the Showcase submissions go before the judges. We were thrilled to see the number of racecourses engage with the Awards increase this year which shows the care and attention given to enhancing the raceday experience.

“The diversity amongst the Finalists demonstrates both the quality and variety of the experience on offer across all our racecourses. Congratulations to all of our Finalists – to be nominated as such is a great achievement in itself. The countdown to Aintree on Thursday 8th November is now on to see who will join our esteemed list of winners.”


The Finalists

Best Campaign

Aintree— The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival #TheWorldIsWatching

Cartmel—Boyzone at Cartmel

Goodwood—The Magnolia Cup

Pontefract—The Ponte Faithful

Worcester – Celebrating 300 Years of Racing in Worcester


Community & Corporate Social Responsibility

Aintree—People & Partnership—Racing Together to Make a Difference

Ascot—Ascot Racecourse Supports

Beverley—Combatting Loneliness

Uttoxeter—Saving 75 Lives

Warwick—A Community Matrix Strategy


Digital & Social Media

Ascot—Mobile-first Performance

Beverley—Don’t Tell the Lady

Musselburgh—Leveraging the Power of Influencers

Newton Abbot—Winner of Winners

Sandown Park—Teddy the Shetland—Little Legs, Big Reach!



Bath—Kids Takeover Racing

Beverley—Bygone Beverley

Carlisle—Carlisle Ladies Night

Chelmsford City—Ladies Day 2018

Royal Windsor—Choc ‘n’ Awe—A World of Pure Imagination


Food & Beverage

Ascot—Royal Ascot 2018: Rethinking the Fine Dining Experience

Bath—Food & Beverage at Bath

Cheltenham—Theatre @ The Festival

Hamilton Park—The Perfect Start…er

Newmarket—The Stage Bar at the Moët & Chandon July Festival


Love of the Sport

Goodwood—Recognising the Commitment of Racing Staff

Market Rasen—Horseplay Raceday

Newton Abbot—Fact Fridays

Sandown Park—Tingle Creek & Becher Chase Double Header

Thirsk— The Creditas Taking Care of Business Stable Staff Stakes


Operational Excellence

Doncaster—A Spectacular Hotel for a Showcase St Leger Festival

Goodwood—Richmond Enclosure Development

Hamilton Park—Phase Two—Never Stand Still

Newbury—The Owners Club

Royal Windsor—Reimagining Monday Night Racing


Owners’ Experience








Chester—Timeline Walk

Hamilton Park—Starting Stall Lift

Newbury—Owners’ Touch Screens

Newmarket—Car Parking Ticket Stunt

Pontefract—Handwritten Postcards


Racing Post Readers’ Award


Hamilton Park

Royal Windsor

Sandown Park