Owners with horses running at Nottingham Racecourse can be assured they are receiving top treatment, as the racecourse has recently been awarded the Racehorse Owners Association’s (ROA) gold standard.

The Colwick Park track now joins racecourses including Newmarket, Epsom Downs and Ascot among the holders of the coveted honour.

Earlier this year Nottingham unveiled a spacious new purpose-built owners’ bar and informal restaurant.

“There is a general consensus in the feedback we receive from members that Nottingham now provides one of the best race-day experiences for owners outside the bigger tracks,” said Richard Wayman of the ROA.

“We are delighted to recognise Nottingham’s great improvement by awarding them the ROA gold standard.”

James Knox, the new general manager of Nottingham racecourse, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to attain the ROA gold standard. We place huge importance on our relationship with Britain’s horsemen — racehorse owners, trainers, jockeys and stable staff.

“We’ve always had a strong reputation for excellent ground conditions and a varied race programme. The ROA Gold Standard shows we’re now backing that up with the race-day experience for owners.”

The ROA gold standard award will be presented at the racecourse’s final fixture of 2014 — Wednesday 5 November.