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.


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.

View from the saddle: Jason Weaver
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Last Update: 15/10/2019 17:00x

Upcoming races
16:40 Bet toteplacepot At Claiming Stakes
7f | Class 5 | 2YO only | 6 ran
  • Winner: Dragon Command 13/8 Fav
  • Jockey: Harry Bentley Trainer: George Scott
  • Owner: The Black Dragon
17:10 Bet toteexacta At Fillies' Novice Stakes
6f | Class 4 | 2YO only | 10 ran
  • Winner: Taste The Nectar 6/1
  • Jockey: S De Sousa Trainer: R M H Cowell
  • Owner: Mr T W Morley
17:40 Bet totequadpot At Novice Stakes
1m | Class 5 | 2YO only | 6 ran
  • Winner: Prince Imperial 5/1
  • Jockey: Jim Crowley Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
  • Owner: Mr K Abdullah
18:10 Bet totetrifecta At Conditions Stakes
1m | Class 3 | 3YO plus | 3 ran
  • Winner: Habub 5/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Jim Crowley Trainer: Owen Burrows
  • Owner: Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum
18:40 Bet toteswinger At Handicap
2m | Class 6 | 3YO plus | 8 ran
  • Winner: Jeweller 11/8 Fav
  • Jockey: Jim Crowley Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
  • Owner: Cheveley Park Stud
19:10 Bet totescoop6 At Maiden Stakes
1m 2f | Class 5 | 3YO to 4YO | 8 ran
  • Winner: To The Moon 6/5 Fav
  • Jockey: R Havlin Trainer: J H M Gosden
  • Owner: Lady Bamford
19:40 Book Your Christmas Party Here Handicap
Div 1
1m 2f | Class 6 | 3YO plus | 13 ran
  • Winner: Hidden Dream 10/1
  • Jockey: K T O'Neill Trainer: Mrs C A Dunnett
  • Owner: Machin, Milner, Sparkes & Dunnett
20:10 Book Your Christmas Party Here Handicap
Div 2
1m 2f | Class 6 | 3YO plus | 12 ran
  • Winner: Dreamboat Dave 7/1
  • Jockey: E J Walsh Trainer: Mrs S J Humphrey
  • Owner: The Old Eatonians

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Chelmsford City Racecourse
01245 360300
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