Lanarkshire course scoops coveted title at glittering awards ceremony
The team at Hamilton Park Racecourse was celebrating last night after being crowned Showcase Champion at a prestigious racing awards ceremony.
The accolade came at the ninth RCA Showcase Awards, where venues from across the UK are recognised for showing “excellence and innovation” in customer experience.
It is the first time the Lanarkshire venue has bagged the top award and came after it was nominated in more categories than any other UK course.
As well as claiming the top prize, Hamilton Park also claimed the #TopSpot Award for its innovative elevator which is designed to replicate starting stalls as well as being a finalist in three other categories.
Held this year at Aintree Racecourse, the Showcase & Awards are partnered by Moët Hennessy, Racing Breaks, Racing Post and Great British Racing (GBR).
Hamilton Park Racecourse was also recently named among the best in the country for racehorse owners and will hold Gold Standard status for the next 12 months. It is the fourth year in a row the venue has achieved the coveted status from the Racehorse Owners Association.
Vivien Currie, Chief Executive of Hamilton Park, said: “This has been the culmination of many years work by the talented team at Hamilton Park. 2018 has been a wonderful year for the racecourse with lots of exciting initiatives which will see us offer fantastic experiences for customers for many years to come.
“This is my tenth anniversary as Chief Executive and my team has been unbelievable in that time in helping to achieve our goals. You have to take risks as a small racecourse—we’ve seen that in the past at these awards and the rewards are clear.
“We are incredibly proud to be Showcase Champions and it’s also a win for Scottish Racing.”
RCA Chairman Maggie Carver commented: “I’m absolutely thrilled for the team at Hamilton Park on being crowned Showcase Champion. This accolade is reserved for a very select number of racecourses who have demonstrated brilliance in providing a fantastic experience for racegoers across the season.
“The foundations of our Showcase & Awards, excellence and innovation, were on show amongst all of our Finalists and the eventual winners. The competition in 2018 was as fierce as ever, and our winners have shown exceptional commitment to delivering outstanding customer experiences.”
For more information on Hamilton Park Racecourse’s facilities and fixtures visit www.hamilton-park.co.uk or call 01698 283806 for full details and to take advantage of advance booking discounts.