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.”
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
Uttoxeter—Saving 75 Lives
Warwick—A Community Matrix Strategy
Digital & Social Media
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
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
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
Hamilton Park—Starting Stall Lift
Newbury—Owners’ Touch Screens
Newmarket—Car Parking Ticket Stunt
Racing Post Readers’ Award