2024 RSA racecourse awards for excellence in syndicate owner race day experience

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Racehorse Syndicates Association (RSA) announce 2024 racecourse awards for excellence in syndicate owner race day experience

Members of the Racehorse Syndicates Association (RSA) have voted to award six courses with an award for excellence when dealing with syndicates and racing clubs.

In addition, they awarded six courses with ‘Outstanding Owners Liaison Team’.

RSA members, who represent around 10,000 syndicate owners, were invited to provide feedback on their racecourse ownership experience. This feedback provided the basis for the Awards.

RSA Award for recognition of providing an outstanding ownership experience for shared-ownership groups.

  • York
  • Warwick
  • Ascot
  • Southwell
  • Beverley
  • Lingfield Park

The following were also awarded “Outstanding Owners Liaison Team”

  • Kempton Park
  • Newmarket
  • Epsom
  • Aintree
  • Sandown Park
  • Nottingham

Shared ownership groups play a vital role in the racing industry and the RSA is delighted to highlight those racecourses who have provided an outstanding ownership experience to syndicates and clubs.

RSA Chairman Dan Abraham commented:

“Congratulations to all the racecourses that have been recognised by RSA Members over the past 12 months. Retention of owners is now one of the biggest challenges facing the industry and the raceday experience both at the course and at home plays a vital role in keeping owners in the sport.

When nominating racecourses, the words that were often used by RSA members were ‘communication’ and ‘flexibility’. These are vital to ensure a good raceday ownership for all types of owners, but particularly shared-ownership groups.

Many members specifically commended the ARC Owners Liaison Team for their excellent communication as well as the flexibility shown by many Jockey Club courses. It is also good to see more independent courses providing a better experience for syndicates and clubs and I expect to see many more independent courses winning RSA Awards in 2025.”

NOTES FOR EDITORS

  • The Racehorse Syndicates Association (RSA) represents the interests of professional racehorse syndicates and clubs. Any professional syndicator or trainer who operates syndicates or racing clubs is invited to join.
  • The RSA has over 90 professional members including some of the biggest syndicates in British racing, but also welcomes smaller syndicators who may have only one or two horses.
  • Our members represent some 10,000 syndicate owners and over 800 racehorses in training. Details of our members can be found here: https://www.racehorsesyndicates.org/join-a-syndicate/
  • RSA Members have had significant success at some of the biggest meetings in the UK and abroad over the last few seasons including at the Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot, plus many more at listed and graded level.
  • The RSA is in favour of the recent updates to syndicate regulation, members are required to conform to both the letter and spirit of the regulations as a condition of membership. The RSA calls for effective enforcement of these rules by the regulator, the BHA. The RSA wishes to see good practice across the sport, not just from its’ members.
  • Much of racehorse ownership is in decline with owner numbers dwindling in recent years – however syndication has grown in this time. The RSA believes that co-owned horses are therefore a vital component of the future of British horse racing.
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