Built on the site of the previous Great Leighs racecourse, Chelmsford City Racecourse is the newest racecourse in the UK and just one of only five fully floodlit All-Weather tracks in the UK capable of offering horseracing all year round.
With its distinctive bespoke champagne-flute floodlights, the racecourse prides itself of sleek design with the newly constructed Grandstand having been shortlisted for an architectural award in 2016.
In 2015 the racecourse opened its doors to the public for the first time in six years to a fevered audience, whose support resulted in an attendance of more than 80,000 in its first year.
A first year of operation was of immense success, providing a platform from which the racecourse quickly established a reputation for some of the most generous prize money in British racing.
The racecourse immediately attracted racing’s finest to its unique surface, most notably when Hugo Palmer’s Covert Love used Chelmsford City as a launch page for a campaign which saw her win the Irish Oaks and Prix de l'Opéra.
The racecourse’s first year open also saw its first major music concert, when Madness played an outdoor concert after racing to a crowd of more than 10,000. Guests were able to enjoy a full evening of racing followed by one of the the most popular bands of the 80s as Chelmsford City signed off its first successful summer.
The second year of racing at Chelmsford City saw more excitement on the track and even more world-class entertainment with a selection of outstanding concerts from Simply Red, Rick Astley and Jools Holland among others.
The racecourse’s facilities were honoured when selected to stage the prestigious rearranged Greenham meeting following the decision to abandon the original Newbury fixture. This card featured three Group races and was incredibly well-received by the racing community thanks to all of the staff who made it a success at such short notice.
2017 was another trailblazing year for the racecourse with more quality racing, great entertainment and more big names such as Boyzone playing at the Essex destination. Chelmsford City’s annual Ladies Day was a sell out, becoming a focal part of the Essex social calendar.
2018 saw the racecourse stage its busiest year of racing to date, with 63 fixtures which provided a massive £5.2 million in prize money, this included the UK’s most valuable evening meeting in history and Chelmsford City Racecourse’s first ever Listed race, the Queen Charlotte Stakes. Chelmsford City quickly broke this record just two months later with an even more valuable meeting which featured the inaugural running of the Chelmsford City Cup worth an astonishing £100,000.
Unique concerts including Hacienda Classical, another sold out Ladies Day and a first Gentlemen’s Day contributed to another memorable summer at Essex’s most glamorous venue.
Chelmsford City Racecourse also found itself the recipient of three Racecourse Association Excellence awards, firmly establishing its position as one of the the UK’s most exciting racecourses.
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