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RCA ANNOUNCES SHOWCASE 2015 FINALISTS: UTTOXETER RACECOURSE SHORTLISTED FOR

Fri, Oct 9, 2015

Uttoxeter Racecourse has been shortlisted for a national Racecourse Association (RCA) award.

The popular Staffordshire racecourse has been nominated in the "RCA Owners' Experience" category in the 2015 RCA Showcase Awards. Aimed at celebrating excellence and innovation on Britain's racecourses the awards ceremony will take place at Ascot Racecourse on Thursday 12 November.

Nominated by the Racecourse Owners Association (ROA), this category is looking for the racecourse that has truly gone "above and beyond" to deliver the ultimate experience to owners of racehorses that visit the track. During 2015, Uttoxeter Racecourse has invested drastically in delivering a better quality experience for all owners & trainers; and the nomination is a clear indication that it is now one of the best racecourses in the country for owners to attend.

David MacDonald, Executive Director of the Staffordshire track said, "Racehorse owners are so important to our wonderful industry, and it's crucial that they are looked after and made to feel welcome - so that Uttoxeter will always be high on their list of preferred courses. We have always prided ourselves on being one of the friendliest courses in the land and have recently undertaken some significant improvements in the owners experience. We want our owners to feel special and appreciated so the nomination from the Racecourse Owners Association is something we are very proud of."

At the end of the evening one racecourse will be named overall Showcase Champion, as decided by an independent judging panel comprised of Alan Park (Operations Director, Center Parcs UK), Rebecca Joy (Group Guest Services and Hospitality Director, European Tour and Ryder Cup Europe), Jenny McGee (Director of Enterprise, VisitEngland), Steve Brice (Chief Executive, Pharaoh Global), Will Collinson (UK Director of Client Engagement, Corbis) and Paul Duffy (Racehorse Owners Association Council).

Racecourse Services Director Caroline Davies commented: "We are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2015 Showcase & Awards, the only recognised industry awards for British Racecourses. The depth of quality in this year's submissions was greater than ever, meaning the racecourses that have been listed as finalists are all genuine examples of excellence and innovation."

Racecourses were invited to submit entries to the core Showcase Awards, with #TopSpots being submitted throughout the year via social media. The racegoing public also had their say, with nominations from ROA members and the general racing public in the ROA Owners' Experience and Racing Post Readers' Awards respectively. The Showcase Awards will also pay homage to the Groundstaff teams across British Racing, with the Groundstaff Champions being crowned.

The Showcase Awards follow a daytime seminar of sharing best practice in delivering an exemplary customer experience, with key themes this year being the 'power of the brand' and the 'art of showmanship'. Guest speakers will include Arsenal FC, Wembley Park, Channel 4 Racing and Great British Racing.

For more details about Uttoxeter Racecourse, visit http://www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk.

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