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Who made the cut? Britain's best racecourses are named

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Britain's top racecourses have been named by tourist boards in England, Wales and Scotland.

In Scotland, Musselburgh and Ayr were handed the highest possible rating of five stars by VisitScotland, and the equivalent body in England named the top 11 tracks for customer experience.

While the expected big names of Aintree, Ascot, Cheltenham, Chester, Doncaster, Haydock, Newbury and York feature there are three smaller tracks, all in the north, who make the best 11.

Big names missing from the leading lights

Step forward Ripon, Sedgefield and Wetherby who have relegated surprise omissions Goodwood, Epsom, Newmarket and Sandown from the top team.

The national tourism boards provide a rating on the racecourses as a quality day out, taking into account efficiency and friendliness of customer service, cleanliness of facilities as well as speed, quality and efficiency of the racecourse operation.

For the eighth year running all 60 racecourses in Great Britain have been rated as ‘good' or higher. The scheme allows VisitEngland and VisitScotland to benchmark racecourses against other attractions, ensuring that standards of customer experience remain high in the face of competition from other sporting and leisure venues.

Proud of service standards

Stephen Atkin, RCA chief executive, said: "British racecourses have demonstrated that they offer a fun, exciting and value for money day out when compared to other attractions. We are very proud of the service that all of our racecourses offer and this is backed up by the results from VisitEngland and VisitScotland.

"I am particularly pleased for the winners of the RCA Excellence Accolades having been independently awarded a marque for excellence in offering a first-class customer experience."

Step forward Ripon, Sedgefield and Wetherby who have relegated surprise omissions Goodwood, Epsom, Newmarket and Sandown from the top team
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