Known originally as Great Leighs Racecourse, Chelmsford City Racecourse is close enough to London to mean that it regularly gets visits from city dwellers keen to enjoy some time watch horse races. When it opened, it became the first brand new racecourse for more than 80 years and it is designed in such a way that it offers flat racing on the all-weather track. Even though it was closed for a time when it went into administration, it is now one of the courses that sees plenty of visitors every year as people aim to get their fill of flat racing when they can.
Fixtures at Chelmsford City Racecourse
Whilst other more famous courses have regular meetings that stand out, such as Royal Ascot taking place at Ascot Racecourse, Chelmsford City is not without moments of its own. The joy of the all-weather track is that racing can take place on it all-year round, not only in the daytime but also in the evening. As with many courses, Ladies Day is a big occasion and family race days are also hugely popular. There are a number of big races that are run during the year, with the following being the standout ones as far as Chelmsford City is concerned:
- Chelmer Fillies Stakes
- Cardinal Stakes
- Queen Charlotte Stakes
- Chelmsford City Cup
Each of those races has a meeting based around it, although it is hardly outrageous to suggest that the other races that take place don’t have quite the prominence that those events do. Ladies Day is, as mentioned, a big occasion when the horse racing takes something of a back seat when compared to the outfits that are on display off the course.
Head to the official website for Chelmsford City Racecourse and you will see a wealth of different events that take place throughout the year. Depending on when you’re thinking of going, you might end up being witness to a brilliant fireworks display, for example, or a summer ball. One of the things that the course is best-known for, though, is the Ministry of Sound’s show, which celebrates the very best that disco and house music has to offer. It is one of the biggest dance events in Essex, with as many as 10,000 people packing out the racecourse to rave the night away.