Chelmsford City Course Guide

Originally opened as Great Leighs in 2008, racing returned to the venue now known as Chelmsford City in January 2015 after a hiatus of six years from 2009. The course is an all-weather circuit based on the same oval configuration as American tracks with a Polytrack racing surface.

A popular venue with Newmarket trainers, some useful horses have already raced at the track since it’s reopening, notably future Easter Classic winner Tryster and Coventry Stakes winner Buratino.

Flat Racing

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Chelmsford City (first opened in April 2008 under the name Great Leighs) has a polytrack surface and is essentially galloping in nature, having broad, sweeping turns. It is a left-handed track of just over a mile in circumference, with seven-furlong and one-mile races starting in different spurs.

Nobody can fault the layout of Chelmsford, because it’s superb, absolutely immaculate, with lovely turns and a good long straight. You’d struggle to find a horse that can’t handle the sweep of the bends and you can ride into them as hard as you can anywhere. Lots of people have noticed there’s been a pace bias, making it hard to come from behind, and that the kickback was severe. That should change now they’re working on resurfacing and, potentially, it’s as good an all-weather venue as you’ll find.

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Current Weather

Forecast: Sunny spells

Temperature: -1.0° - 2.7°

Rainfall: None

Wind: 15.3mph NE

Last Update: 19/03/2018 07:00

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Temperature: -0.2° - 7.5°

Rainfall: 0.01cm

Wind: 9.9mph N

Last Update: 19/03/2018 07:00

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Replays & Results

17:55 Toteplacepot Races 1 To 6 Amateur Riders' Handicap

(Class 5) (6f)
Black, royal blue star, black sleeves, royal blue stars, black cap, royal blue star (Mick Appleby Racing)
  • Winner: It Must Be Faith
  • Jockey: Miss S Brotherton
  • Trainer: M Appleby
  • Owner: Mick Appleby Racing

18:30 Toteexacta Pick The 1st And 2nd Handicap

(Class 6) (5f)
Pink, grey seams, grey cap, pink star (Shane Donohoe)
  • Winner: Independence Day
  • Jockey: Joey Haynes
  • Trainer: S Donohoe
  • Owner: Shane Donohoe

19:00 Totequadpot Races 3 To 6 Handicap

(Class 3) (5f)
Grey and cherry (quartered), halved sleeves, grey cap, cherry spots (Mr Dean Ivory)
  • Winner: Tropics
  • Jockey: R Winston
  • Trainer: D K Ivory
  • Owner: Mr Dean Ivory

19:30 Roa/racing Post Owners' Jackpot Novice Stakes

(Class 5) (7f)
Royal blue, light green epaulets (Kingsley Park Owners Club)
  • Winner: Aquarium
  • Jockey: P McDonald
  • Trainer: M Johnston
  • Owner: Kingsley Park Owners Club

20:00 Totetrifecta Pick The 1,2,3 Handicap

(Class 4) (2m)
Dark green, grey chevron, mauve sleeves, black armlets and diamond on mauve cap (Racing Facades Syndicate)
  • Winner: Chocolate Box
  • Jockey: L Morris
  • Trainer: D M Loughnane
  • Owner: Racing Facades Syndicate

20:30 Toteswinger Two In The First Three Handicap

(Class 4) (1m)
Red, light blue stripe, yellow and red halved sleeves, black cap (Mr Colin Westley)
  • Winner: Lacan
  • Jockey: Callum Shepherd
  • Trainer: B R Johnson
  • Owner: Mr Colin Westley

21:00 Totescoop6 Roll Over This Saturday Handicap

(Class 6) (1m)
Purple, light green striped sleeves (Mr J Butler)
  • Winner: Weloof
  • Jockey: L P Keniry
  • Trainer: J Butler
  • Owner: Mr J Butler
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