Chelmsford City Racecourse

Free Racing at Chelmsford for Armed Forces Personnel on Remembrance Day

Chelmsford City Racecourse has teamed up with the Royal British Legion to offer free entry to members and veterans of the armed forces for the race meeting on Remembrance Day, Saturday, November 11. Furthermore, all profits made from general admission tickets will be donated directly to the charity's Poppy Appeal. Jo Flaherty, head of charity and community at Chelmsford City Racecourse, said, "We are proud to be supporting our armed forces locally and further afield by giving them the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary raceday experience. I am looking forward...

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Grandstand Renovation And Garden Village Plans Approved By Chelmsford City Council

Masterplans for a new grandstand at Chelmsford City Racecourse and a 'garden village' on land surrounding the site belonging to the Holmes family were approved by the Chelmsford City Council recently. The racecourse will be the first in Britain to stage turf racing under floodlights during mixed meetings on the grass and all-weather surfaces at the Essex venue. Revised designs for a new multi-purpose grandstand are also being crafted by architects HOK. Those grandstand plans will feature bars, restaurants, conferencing areas and a stunning rooftop terrace with panoramic views across...

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Brave Chelmsford Bid Could Lead to Kentucky Derby

Amid much ado about the start of the turf season in Britain on Saturday, it is important not to overlook the day's second-most valuable race after the Lincoln. Chelmsford City's Woodford Reserve Cardinal Conditions S., worth a decent £100,000, is the last of seven races in the European Road to the Kentucky Derby.  Launched in 2019 by the enterprising team at the Essex track, which continues to punch well about its weight on the prize-money front, the Cardinal's three winners to date (there was no race in 2020 during the pandemic)...

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Observations: Son of G1SW Set for Chelmsford Debut

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Thursday's Insights features a son of G1SW Marylebone. 17.30 Chelmsford City, Nov, £13,999, 2yo, 8f (AWT) Michael Tabor's WIGMORE STREET (American Pharoah) is an unraced half-brother to two black-type performers out of GI Matron S. heroine Marylebone (Unbridled's Song) and starts out for the Simon and Ed Crisford yard...

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Cardinal Conditions S. Offers KY Points at Chelmsford on Thursday

Chelmsford City Racecourse, closed since sustaining damage from Storm Eunice in mid-February, opens its gates on Thursday highlighted by the £100,000 Woodford Reserve Cardinal Conditions S., which offers points (30-12-6-3) on the Road to the GI Kentucky Derby on May 7. A total of £155,996 in prizemoney will be offered throughout the eight-race card, which begins at 3:30 p.m. local time. Held over one-mile on the all-weather, the Cardinal has attracted a field of six 3-year-olds. Leading the sextet is Godolphin's Blue Trail (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}), who already holds 20...

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ITM Bonuses To Be Won At Chelmsford City

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) has teamed up with Chelmsford City Racecourse in the UK to offer €120,000 in bonuses and sales incentives in 2022. A €10,000 bonus will be awarded to the owner of the winner of each of 12 races throughout the season if the winning horse is eligible under the 'IRE Incentive' scheme for Irish-breds who are foal levy compliant. The €10,000 is awarded in the form of a sale voucher to be used against a purchase at an Irish bloodstock sale for stock which also meet those...

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Major Boost To Prize-Money At Chelmsford City 

Chelmsford City Racecourse will offer significantly increased prize-money for its 2022 programme, including two £100,000 races and increases across the board for lower-grade handicaps. The Listed Queen Charlotte S., which was first run in 2018 with a prize fund of £75,000, has been boosted to £100,000. The same six-figure pot is on offer for the Cardinal S., which features as the last leg on the European Road to the Kentucky Derby, earning points towards the American Classic for the winner and placed horses. The Listed Chelmer Fillies' S. has also...

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RCA Will Not Mandate Covid Passes

Covid passports will not be mandated at British courses by the Racecourse Association (RCA), which has no plans to implement a policy similar to Chelmsford's which requires covid passes. At Chelmsford City, attendees will be required to show a photo ID and a covid pass to attend meetings for the remainder of the year. Wales requires proof of vaccination status or a negative test if crowds exceed a certain level, and Scotland is set to introduce a similar rule. A statement from the Racecourse Association was released on Monday and...

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RaceTech and Chelmsford City Extend Partnership Agreement

Race Tech and Chelmsford City Racecourse have signed a long term extension to their service agreement that began in 2017, the two companies announced on Monday. The outside broadcaster and technical service provider to racing for Chelmsford City will provide key race day services including outside broadcast, photo finish, starting stalls and public address, as well as racecourse tv production, additional technical support and multimedia enhancements. "John Bozza, Chief Executive at RaceTech said, "I am delighted we have signed this agreement that supports our vision to be the technical partner...

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