horses racing on all weather track
horses racing on all weather track
Chelmsford City Racecourse

High quality racing at the only racecourse in Essex

Chelmsford City

Chelmsford City Racecourse (CCR) opened in January 2015 and is the only horse racing venue in Essex.

map details of track
  • Built: 2008 (Not raced on 2009-2014), Grandstand built in 2014
  • Track: Polytrack
  • Track Length: 1m Oval
  • Features: BHA designed oval. Construction of an additional turf track well underway.

Chelmsford City Racecourse (CCR) opened in January 2015 and is the only horse racing venuein Essex. The racecourse consists of an 8 furlong left-handed oval with large 135m+ sweeping bends.

The track measures 22m in width and finishes with a 2 furlong home straight.Over £600,000 has been spent on upgrading the racing surface since the racecourse opened, including are-wax of the Polytrack to enhance its binding properties,the addition of a chute to create the popular 7f start, and in 2018 a replenishment of fibre through the whole track profile.

Average field sizes have continued to increase year on year as a result of these improvements.The track investment has enabled CCR to schedule a record 63 fixtures in 2018 and has also helped attract high quality racing to the course. 

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Its racing programme currently contains the highest percentage of Class 1-4 AWT races in Britain and prize money will top £5 million this year. 2018 has also seen the venue host the most valuable evening GB fixture with over £233,000 on offer, as well as staging its first ever £100,000 race – the 7f Chelmsford City Cup. 

In a year of firsts, CCR also ran its inaugural Listed race, the £75,000 Queen Charlotte Stakes for fillies and mares, in June.

As well as catering for elite horses, care is taken to ensure prize money is spread across the whole spectrum of equine participants with most Class 4 to 6 races being run at BHA’s maximum permitted levels.

On the facilities front, work continues on the new turf course which will complement the all-weather track and provide additional start options for horsemen from 2019/20. Once completed, the focus will shift to delivering plans for a brand new grandstand opposite the current facility.

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The track is illuminated by the distinctive champagne flute floodlights exclusive to Chelmsford City Racecourse. Viewing the racing is well catered for with some great vantage points around the venue and the permanent big screen in front of the grandstand.

Contact The Course

Clerk of the Course: Andy Waitt

Tel: 07929 915731 

Mob: 07929 915731


Racecourse Manager: Fraser Garrity

Tel: 01245 360300


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