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Musselburgh Racecourse Press Release

by Holyrood PR

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Musselburgh Racecourse

The East Lothian course received three out of six RCA Excellence Accolades which are awarded to those tracks which achieve exceptionally high standards in specific areas of assessment.

Now in its seventh year, the RCA’S Quality Assured Racecourse Scheme is endorsed by VisitScotland and VisitEngland, allowing racecourses to benchmark against other British tourist attractions.

Out of the 16 UK courses awarded RCA Excellence Accolades, Musselburgh was the only one to receive an award in more than one category, with top gradings in the Fast Food Outlet, Lovely Loos and Quality Café/Restaurant categories.

In Scotland, all five courses achieved at least a three-star rating, which places them as good or better against other tourist attractions, Musselburgh retained its five-star rating and was ranked in the top 10% of all five star attractions in the country, while Ayr Racecourse was also awarded a five-star rating for the first time.

musselburgh racecourseMusselburgh Racecourse commercial manager Sarah Montgomery said achieving three accolades was down to the hard work and attention to detail of a first class team.

She said: “Two of the awards were for the standard of our food offering and working with our catering partners Heritage Portfolio, our objective is to continue to improve on the very high standards already in place, while focussing on all areas of the customer experience in the forthcoming summer Flat season.”

RCA Chief Executive, Stephen Atkin, said: “Once again our racecourses have demonstrated that they stand up well when compared to other attractions across Britain. A day at the races is a fun experience for all ages and we are very proud of the service and value for money that all of our racecourses offer.

“Our partnership with both tourism boards allows us to offer customers a guarantee of quality whenever they visit a racecourse. The results show that racecourses large and small can all compete on the same level when it comes to quality and that is one of the unique attractions of British racing.”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “VisitScotland’s world-leading Quality Assurance scheme is not just about driving standards, it’s about helping businesses to reach their full potential so that they can reap the benefits.

“A top quality grading is an effective marketing tool which helps them attract more business and secure their success. We are delighted to see Musselburgh and Ayr feature so prominently in the Quality Assured Racecourse Scheme, showing that this country has a rich pedigree when it comes to top-quality attractions.”

Musselburgh Racecourse is back racing on Sunday 24 April when a Family Day marks the start of the track’s Flat racing season. For more information visit



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