Tuesday 31 January

We’ve struck gold! Gold Standard awarded by the ROA

Thirsk Racecourse are delighted to have been awarded the ROA Gold Standard, following an independent review of the owners’ raceday experience in 2022.

The ROA Racecourse Accreditation Scheme was launched in 2019 to independently review the owners’ raceday experience using a defined set of criteria. The reviews are composed by the AA Hospitality Services in which an independent review is now also assessed alongside owners’ feedback to share their contributions.

The ROA’s goal is working, in close collaboration with racecourses to improve and enhance the raceday experience for owners. We collectively recognise that going racing with a runner is a highlight of being an owner, therefore we want to ensure that this is a positive and memorable experience and where possible exceed expectations to recognise the commitment and contribution owners make to the Sport.

In 2022, 60 courses in the UK currently participated in the scheme, with 12 courses attaining the ROA’s Gold Standard award signifying an exemplary performance.

Erin Boswell, Thirsk’s General Commercial Manager said:

We are thrilled to have been awarded the Gold Standard and one of only twelve UK racecourses to have done so. Thirsk’s commitment to owners’ in recent years has seen a newly build owner and trainer facility which we are very proud and to receive accreditation to put us up there with the best racecourses in the UK is fantastic.