Everyone at York Racecourse is delighted and honoured that the track has been voted as the best racecourse in the country by The Racegoers Club, following their 2016 annual survey of members.
It is the fourth time that York has been awarded the top title and as usual it was a close fought contest with Cheltenham, who continue to be the best loved track that stage jump racing.
Voters were asked for their scores on five categories; viewing experience, facilities, food & beverage, atmosphere and value for money. The courses were split into three geographical regions and the winners were selected by who had the highest overall average score across all categories.
York was described by one member as: “Still the best racecourse in the country. Great racing and a brilliant atmosphere, a must visit this year.”
Having won the national title, logically it follows that York also retained the equivalent title at a regional level, for The North & Scotland; a record 27th year that this regional award has been given to the Knavesmire, from the longest established supporters club for the sport.
William Derby, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course, said, ““The best awards to win are always those voted for by your customers, so it gives me great pleasure to be able to thank the Racegoers Club for this honour. As has been well documented the standards across all racecourses just keep on improving, so it is a real tribute to everyone involved with York that we have managed to secure the top spot. I’m sure that spirit of friendly competition will see the team at Cheltenham keen to take back the crown and we’re already working hard to retain it with our 2017 season already under full steam.”