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Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford
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Chelmsford City racecourse, originally known as Great Leighs Racecourse, is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Great Leighs near Chelmsford, Essex, England. In fact the course is much nearer Braintree than Chelmsford. When it opened in April 2008, it was the first entirely new racecourse in the UK since Taunton opened in 1927. It went into administration in January 2009, and racing did not resume until January 2015.Chelmsford City (known as Great Leighs at the time) was developed and owned by entrepreneur John Holmes and his son, Jonathan. It aimed to exploit potentially the largest unserved market in British horseracing. Overall there is slightly more than one racecourse per million people in Great Britain, but there was no racecourse in Essex (population >1.6 million), in east London (formerly in part, part of Essex) or in the neighbouring county of Hertfordshire (population >1 million). The new course is only 50mi from Newmarket, the largest racehorse training centre in Britain. The course is laid out as an 8.5furlong left-handed Polytrack oval, with a 2furlong home straight. The 10,000-capacity grandstand was used at the 2006 Ryder Cup.OpeningGreat Leighs racecourse was originally scheduled to open in October 2006, but the opening was deferred several times. On 20 March 2008, the racecourse announced that the opening fixture would be postponed to 20 April 2008, with the original opening date, 4 April 2008, being used a test day.
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  • Went here with a big group of friends for racing, dinner and disco afterwards! Such a great atmosphere, lovely food, excellent service and really friendly staff. Being on sticks, they have a buggy to ...  more »
  • I attended twilight races on November 3rd and November 10th; from staff at entrance to those in hall and those dealing with owners , they could not be faulted. They were cheerful, knowledgeable, enthu...  more »
  • Visited for a function on a non race day. Food and service were good and the bar was well stocked with plenty of staff and reasonable pricing. I have also visited on a race and concert event. This was...  more »
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  • Love Chelmsford City Racecourse, plenty of parking, food is always great and staff very helpful. The race track has amazing views and the arena is close so you can check out your horse before placing your bet. Keep an eye on website as they have comedy nights and music on too.
  • Great place, an oasis of peace during the day and a lovely atmosphere on race nights. Plenty of parking, good disabled access if you ring before you visit. Food and drink readily available.
  • Had a great night out here. Yes it does lack a little atmosphere - it's local & I like it.👍
  • Great day out and fun with a few bets. Be lucky!!
  • Visiting for conference. Good staff. Great venue and location.