YORK Racecourse has been voted Racecourse of the Year 2017 by The Racegoers Club, retaining the honour it won in 2016.

A spokesman said it was the eighth time York had been awarded the top title.

“As usual, it was a close fought contest, with Goodwood representing the south in second place, and Cheltenham, who continue to be the best loved track that stages jump racing,” he said.

“Voters were asked for their scores in five categories: viewing experience, facilities, food & beverage, atmosphere and value for money.

“York was described by one member as “a wonderful racecourse, with excellent facilities & good race viewing options” with another commenting that it “provides value to every visitor in every enclosure".

Chief executive and clerk of the course, William Derby, said, “The Racegoers Club is a fantastic organization which represents a membership who are committed followers of the sport with horseracing being both their hobby and passion. To win and then retain the accolade of ‘Racecourse of the Year’ by the vote of such a fan base is an honour.”