Racecourse look set to have their official opening on February 1 after the
successful completion of two race cards in front of invited guests and paying
Essex track opened after a six-year break following the closure of previous
incarnation Great Leighs. Great Leighs closed in January 2009 after going into
administration less than a year after it launched.
January 28 will see
the last of the three trial fixtures scheduled at the Essex
racecourse which is located five miles north of Chelmsford.
The all-weather track has been awarded 58 race
meetings in total for 2015 and Chelmsford City managing director Phil Siers was
pleased with the outcome of the first two fixtures.
a great day and it was wonderful to see everyone here enjoying
themselves, Siers said after the first meeting. The racing proved
to be very competitive and provided some thrilling finishes. Its a solid
foundation to build on and bodes very well for the future.
Well now have a good look at the feedback, both good and
bad, and take what weve learned onto our next meeting, he went on
Betfred spokesman Andrew
Griffiths added: It was easily our busiest meeting of the day.
Theres clearly an appetite for good quality all-weather racing and
its very encouraging for the future.
Chelmsford City races
on the site of the former Great Leighs track which was the first new racecourse
in the UK for over 80 years when it opened in 2008 and went into administration
in 2009 after just 44 meetings.
Tryster was the first winner at the new
venue when landing the 10 furlong Class 2 race that opened the seven-race card.
His success was the first of three for Godolphin who also scored with Blue
Aegean in the five furlong Class 4 and Tempus Temporis, a five-length winner of
the one mile feature race that was also a fast-track qualifier for the
all-weather finals at Lingfield on Good Friday.
Godolphin stables are
just 30 miles to the north of the racecourse and is owned by Sheikh Mohammed
bin Rashid Al Maktoum with head trainer Saeed bin Suroor training some of the
most expensive horses in racing history. The stable's support is crucial to the
future of the track which is now owned by a consortium, headed by Fred Done,
the boss of bookmakers Betfred. The conglomerate bought the track from the
Royal Bank of Scotland in December 2013 and have invested £25 million in
Betfrd spokesman Andrew Griffiths said, "It's a solid
foundation to build on and bodes very well for the future. We'll now have a
good look at the feedback, both good and bad, and take what we've learned onto
our next meeting."
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