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Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford

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3/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • Looks nice, but if you wanted to see the races you had no chance as access was restricted. Poorly laid out for viewing the races, we were told there were screens, but we didn't see any! An expensive e...  read more »
  • Definitely worth a visit, when the sunshines a very enjoyable event, uncluttered venue, good bars easy to get served, restaurant looks the part with easy access to the whole course 
  • Eight of us had a pre dinner tour prior to a snack meal and the race night. It was the first time any of us had visited and we were all very pleasantly surprised by the easy parking, reserved table se...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Great day out and fun with a few bets. Be lucky!!
  • I have worked in racing for over 20 years and this is my first time racing in over 30 years and this is the only new track in the country and it is very nice shame about weather but had a very good day out looking forward to a nother visit well done to all who run it be even better when you get grass course in
  • Essex business event - professionally done, nice venue
  • Very good events area. Check out website
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