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
Future Fixtures
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Current Weather
Light rain

Forecast: Light rain
Temp: 3.9° - 5.1°
Rainfall: 3.25mm
Wind: 12.2 mph S

Last Update: 25/01/2021 17:00x

13:10 tote Placepot Your First Bet Handicap
6f | Class 6 | 4YO plus | 8 ran
  • Winner: Vape 6/1
  • Jockey: Cameron Noble Trainer: A W Carroll
  • Owner: Mr A W Carroll
13:40 CCR Classified Stakes
7f | Class 6 | 4YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Velvet Vista 4/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: Rossa Ryan Trainer: M Murphy
  • Owner: Sarabex
14:10 Handicap
1m | Class 6 | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Luna Wish 12/1
  • Jockey: George Bass Trainer: G G Margarson
  • Owner: Mr F Butler
14:40 Live Streaming Every UK Race Maiden Stakes
1m 2f | Class 5 | 3YO plus | 5 ran
  • Winner: Glen Again 8/11 Fav
  • Jockey: F Norton Trainer: M Johnston
  • Owner: Teme Valley 2
15:10 Racing Welfare Handicap
6f | Class 6 | 3YO only | 11 ran
  • Winner: Mid Day Rush 7/1
  • Jockey: L Morris Trainer: A W Carroll
  • Owner: Andrew Griffiths & Charles Tristram
15:40 Now Never Beaten By SP Handicap
1m | Class 6 | 3YO only | 11 ran
  • Winner: Baby Sham 2/1 Fav
  • Jockey: Rossa Ryan Trainer: S C Williams
  • Owner: Mr J W Parry
16:10 Support The Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap
1m 6f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Indigo Times 9/4 JFav
  • Jockey: Callum Shepherd Trainer: D M Simcock
  • Owner: John Cook & Partner

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Chelmsford City Racecourse
01245 360300
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