Published 2019/11/07

The annual Showcase & Awards is the marquee event of British racecourses which celebrates excellence and innovation, in partnership with Moët Hennessy, Racing Post and Great British Racing.

Perth been listed as a finalist in both the Food & Beverage and the Digital & Social Media Excellence categories.

From the five finalists in each category the winners will be revealed at the Showcase & Awards ceremony on Thursday 14th November at Hamilton Park Racecourse.

Hazel Peplinski, Perth Racecourse Chief Executive, said: “This is such exciting news for everyone at Perth Racecourse – we are suitably thrilled to be shortlisted in two categories and we are really looking forward with anticipation to the big night next week. “As always, this success is testament to a true team effort here at Perth and to the excellence and innovation provided across an entire season, including by our catering partners at Heritage Portfolio. Our listing as finalists already feels like a big win to us and are something that not only Perth Racecourse can be proud of, but the city and region can be too.”

The Food & Beverage Award identifies excellence and innovation in racecourse food and drink quality and service.

Successful finalists had to reflect both the fare itself and its journey from conception to plate, as well as the level of service underpinning the operation.

The Digital & Social Media Excellence Award celebrates best in class in the world of digital presence and social media.

Entries had to demonstrate how the racecourse crafted targeted campaigns through these channels in order to improve brand presence, customer relations and/or commercial gain.

Paul Swain, RCA Brand & Experience Manager, added, “I am thrilled for Perth Racecourse for their success in being named a Finalist at the 2019 Showcase & Awards. “Competition for these awards continues to grow each year and it was only fitting for our tenth ceremony that we can celebrate a record number of submissions. “Our Finalists represent the best of British Racecourses and should all be immensely proud of the work they’ve done to enhance the customer experience and their racecourse overall. All eyes now turn to Thursday 14th November at Hamilton Park where we will find out the winners.”

Food & Beverage Finalists:

Beverley—The Beverley Herb House Cheltenham—Horse & Groom Kelso—The Kelsae Yorkie Perth—The Icing to our Cake Royal Windsor—Gastro Steakhouse

Digital & Social Media Excellence Finalists:

Aintree—The World is Watching: Grand National Digital Content Cheltenham—The Horse’s Mouth Goodwood—Leveraging Cost Effective Influencer Marketing The Jockey Club—Group Communications Perth—From Stills to Thrills

Tickets for Perth’s 2020 season are currently available at Early Bird prices - for tickets or further information visit or follow the racecourse’s social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 About the Showcase & Awards

This is the tenth annual Showcase & Awards, the marquee event of the Racecourse Association (RCA) to celebrate excellence and innovation amongst British Racecourses in partnership with Moët Hennessy, Great British Racing and Racing Post. It is renowned as the event to attend, learn from, engage with, support and celebrate racecourses. The daytime seminar and evening black tie awards ceremony are both guided by the principle themes of excellence and innovation, which we encourage all racecourses to apply to every element of the raceday experience.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday 14th November at Hamilton Park Racecourse. The independent judging panel this year was comprised of Pam Foden (Director, Pam Foden & Associates), Lee Mottershead (Senior Writer, Racing Post), Alan Park (Operations Director, Center Parcs), George Foster (Client Services Director, Two Circles), Peter Clare (Senior Partner, Seven League) and Pip Kirkby (Industry Liaison Officer, Racehorse Owners Association)

Nominations for the RCA Outstanding Achievement Award were considered by RCA Chairman Maggie Carver, Vice-Chairman Charles Barnett and Chief Executive David Armstrong.

About the Racecourse Association

The Racecourse Association (RCA), formed in 1907, is the trade association for British racecourses. 59 racecourses are members and have equal voting rights. The RCA has owned RaceTech since March 1998. The RCA serves the interests of its 59 British racecourse members both inside and outside the sport, empowering them to be the best venues that they can be.

The RCA is responsible for the management of the Racegoers Club, the official fan club of British Racing.

The RCA works on behalf of racecourses to represent their views within the sport through the tripartite structure of the Members’ Agreement alongside BHA and The Horsemen’s Group. Outside of horseracing, the RCA works alongside the Government, other sports and leisure venues, and national charities to meet the needs of racecourses.

Additionally, the RCA encourages and facilitates racecourse community engagement, involvement in horse welfare initiatives, responsible drinking campaigns, and various other partnerships within the sport. The Showcase & Awards, the marquee event of British Racecourses to celebrate and reward excellence and innovation, is hosted by the RCA annually in November.