13th November Press Release

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The majority of last night’s fixture at Chelmsford City Racecourse (CCR) was abandoned due to floodlight power failure at the end of the third race and we would like to apologise to all racegoers, Horsemen, racing fans and other Racing stakeholders for the inconvenience caused. 


The team at CCR is extremely disappointed that the floodlight system did not operate as it should with regard to the back-up power available and we have immediately started an investigation as to how this incident, which we are treating as an absolute priority, occurred.  We were actually able to successfully re-boot the floodlights after racing last night and they all operated as per their usual high standard.  On that basis, we do expect tomorrow’s card to proceed as normal although this will be clarified later today after final investigations.  Safety is of course paramount.


In terms of refunds, all racegoers will receive their money back and in addition we will be offering them a free return visit (subject to certain standard conditions).  Details can be obtained by emailing the racecourse at info@chelmsfordcityracecourse.com.  In terms of Horsemen, we will be making goodwill payments to all the connections of the race that was declared void.  Owners with a runner in races 4-7 last night will receive £300 and relevant Jockeys in those contests will also receive a riding fee in line with criteria agreed with the Professional Jockeys Association.


We are fully committed to and pride ourselves on providing a very good racing experience for all our customers at Chelmsford City Racecourse.  We were not able to achieve that last night and are now working flat out to return to normality from tomorrow.





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