Chester racecourse has been named as a Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) gold standard course, for its excellent facilities for owners, stable staff and horses and for its sizeable prize money.
The Cheshire course received the award on Saturday 12 July and is the 14th in the country to be awarded a gold standard.
Dena Arstall from the ROA said: “Chester is a must visit. It’s a unique place to have a runner and full credit everyone there for pushing the boat out and achieving Gold Standard.
“They have implemented a number of exciting changes and are deserving winners of the standard.”
The racecourse has this season opened a brand new owners and trainers facility and more than £100,000 is being spent upgrading the racing surface.
To be a Gold Standard course a minimum level of prize-money is also required. Chester’s prize-money for2007/2008 is over £1.3 million.
Richard Thomas managing director and chief executive of Chester racecourse said: “We believe that the facilities and racing experience that we provide for owners and trainers are among the best in the country.
“We will continue to invest heavily in prize money to maintain and improve our racing product.”