Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: Turf racing plans for Chelmsford City Racecourse

The first public meeting at the Great Leighs Racecourse, as it was then known, back in 2008.

The first public meeting at the Great Leighs Racecourse, as it was then known, back in 2008.

Turf racing could be coming to an Essex racecourse as new plans are revealed by the venue’s owner.

shares

The Chelmsford City Racecourse, at Great Leighs, is being redeveloped after its previous owner went into administration in early 2009 and fixtures are due to resume at the all-weather track in January.

However Phil Siers, general manager of Great Leighs Estates Ltd, has unveiled ambitions to develop a turf track inside the existing all-weather surface.

Construction has already started on a new grandstand in the centre of the course thanks to investment from the company which now owns the venue, headed up by Betfred founder Fred Done.

The turf course has not yet been laid out and racing would not take place on it until at least 2016.

Industry experts have indicated any turf track placed inside the existing all-weather surface would be quite a tight circuit, but could be a welcome addition to the British racing calendar.

The racecourse management has announced an ambition to host up to 80 meetings next year, including the 12 start-up fixtures given to it by the British Horseracing Authority.

Mr Siers said some of those fixtures could be at times where not many other meetings are held, such as Sunday afternoons, Thursday evenings and possibly Saturday mornings, in a move which would benefit the betting industry.

Other plans include a higher prize money offering in a bid to attract bigger names to race at the circuit.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

India's National Disaster Response Force personnel look for survivors in a building, in Kathmandu, Nepa. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

A team of six Essex firefighters and rescue dog Darcy have been deployed to Nepal to assist with the earthquake recovery operation.

Tom Challis and Julia Carroll just before they left to travel the world in February.

The parents of Julia Carroll, from Boxford, have told how the 22-year-old made contact via Facebook to confirm she was safe after escaping Nepal earthquake.

Shawn Leek setting out on the first of seven marathons. Today he hopes to complete the challenge

Shawn Leek is feeling the pain today having run more than 180 miles in the past week - ending with the London Marathon this afternoon.

The Anzac Day parade from the Cornhill in Ipswich on Sunday led by the Ipswich Piping Society

Thousands of Australian and New Zealand forces who died during the First World War’s disastrous Gallipoli campaign have been commemorated on the centenary of the offensive in Ipswich today.

The Orwell District Scouts St George's Day open air service by the Leisure Centre in Felixstowe on Sunday

Scouts and Guides proudly raised their flags and paraded through Suffolk towns today to mark St George’s Day.

Angel Hall, missing 14-year-old girl from Leiston

A teenager from east Suffolk who was reported missing yesterday morning has been found safe and well.

Fire in Great Yeldham - stock photo

A ground floor flat was heavily smoke logged when fire crews arrived at the scene this afternoon.

Ipswich Crown Court.

A man who was banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after footage showed him punching and slapping his two Labradors has had the disqualification reduced from 15 years to 10.

The Revd Martin Dawes with his model train lay out at Woodbridge Methodist Church during the Toy and Model Train Show.

The pews were transformed into platforms and hymn sheets were discarded in favour of timetables as a church was transformed into a model railway network.

Suffolk Cycle Sportive for St Elizabeth Hospice at Alton Water.

A charity has reported a rise in the number of women joining their annual Suffolk Sportive cycle event in the wake of the high-profile Women Tour passing through the county.

Most read

Topic pages