MUSSELBURGH Racecourse was this week named as one of the best in the country and awarded gold standard status for the next year.

It is the third year in a row the county racecourse has been given the accolade by the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA).

ROA representatives visited every track in Britain, which are divied into large and small categories, to assess all aspects of the raceday experience for owners. 

Musselburgh was joined as one of six small racecourses recognised, along with Bangor-on-Dee, Bath, Hamilton, Market Rasen and Sedgefield. 

They will now be shortlisted for small racecourse of the year at the ROA Horseracing Awards in London on December 7. 

Alan Pickering, Chairman of the ROA’s raceday committee, said: “The decision-making process was really challenging as the vast majority of racecourses showed improvement, which demonstrates their recognition of the importance of owners, and keeping them in the sport."