- Built: 2008 (Not raced on 2009-2014), Grandstand built in 2014
- Track: Polytrack
- Track Length: 1m Oval
- Features: BHA designed oval. Plans for additional turf track
Chelmsford City Racecourse (CCR) opened in January 2015 and is the only horseracing venue in Essex.
The racecourse is one of the newest additions to UK racing, and consists of an 8 furlong left-handed oval with large 135m+ sweeping bends. The track measures 22m in width and finishes with a 2 furlong home straight.
Almost £500,000 has been spent on upgrading the racing surface since the racecourse opened, including a complete re-wax of the Polytrack material to enhance its binding properties, and the addition of an extended chute to create the now very popular 7f start. The track improvements ensure that front-running or holdup horses can all win at Chelmsford City and multiple trainers have galloped their horses at the venue ahead of Group One assignments over the past 12 months.
This track investment has also helped to attract high quality racing to CCR, including three Saturday cards broadcast on terrestrial TV during 2016. In addition, Chelmsford City reached another important landmark in April 2016 with the staging of its first ever Group races just 15 months after hosting its first fixture.
2017 saw the scheduling of CCR’s richest raceday, a £200,000 card on 2nd September, including the running of an £80,000 7f handicap, and the racing programme currently consists of the highest percentage of Class 1-4 All-Weather races in the country.
2018 will see a record number of fixtures at CCR with 63 meetings scheduled. This increase of 11 fixtures is the highest of any British racecourse, and high prize-money will continue to be offered by CCR, with many races being run at maximum permitted levels.
The track is illuminated by the distinctive champagne flute floodlights exclusive to Chelmsford City Racecourse. Viewing the racing is well catered for with some great vantage points around the venue and the permanent big screen in front of the grandstand.
CONTACT THE COURSE
Clerk of the Course:
Tel: 07929 915731 – Mob: 07929 915731
Tel: 01245 360300