Chelmsford city racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing track located in Great Leighs, England. Having been opened in the year 2008, it is the newest racing venue in England. It is owned by the Betfred Company, and is a venue for flat polytrack races.
Initially, the racecourse was owned and developed by John Holmes, an entrepreneur. Its core aim was to exploit the British horseracing market. It was set to open up in October 2006, but was deferred due to a number of reasons. On the 20th of April 2008 was when the racecourse held its first race meeting. However, there was no invited audience to the meeting. The race was won by Temple of Thebes. It was until May of the same year when the racecourse held its first race meeting with full public attendance. Chelmsford racecourse faced a major setback in 2009 when its racing license was revoked. This was because the parties that had made bids for the racecourse did not have enough funds to run it.
The course officially reopened on the 11th of January 2015, with a crowd of approximately 800 people in attendance. Many people praised the condition of its racing facilities, but also criticized it for the incomplete hospitality facilities. It was fully opened for public attendance on the 22nd of the same month. Since then, Chelmsford has been developing gradually. Last year, it announced its plans to set up a casino as well as develop another turf course inside the tracks.
This year, a series of events are scheduled to take place in the racecourse. For example, on the 20th of April will be the Beer Festival. This event will be grazed with live music and a selection of different beers for people to try. Gates will be opening from 2pm and closing at 10pm. The racecourse provides fantastic facilities, guaranteeing an enjoyable race day.