In 2018, there were 739 registered owners based in Scotland. The majority of owners based in Scotland are the sole owners of horses, with individual owners accounting for 58% of Scottish ownership. Income to owners comes primarily from prize money or the sale of bloodstock to other owners. This does not cover the full cost of producing racehorses, with the balance derived from owners’ other sources of funds.
Ayr, Hamilton Park, Musselburgh and Perth Racecourses have been awarded Gold Standard status for 2018 from the ROA. Just 15 racecourses – out of 60 in Britain – are awarded the Gold Standard by the ROA, and the Scottish venues are going the extra mile to offer the best possible service for all owners. To attract the best horses regularly from the major training centres south of the border, Scottish tracks offer proportionately higher prize-money and invest consistently in their hospitality.