Chelmsford City racecourse ‘happy’ with track revamp

By Adam SewellBBC Essex
Chelmsford City
Chelmsford City racecourse is on the old Great Leigh course

The course manager at Chelmsford City racecourse is confident the new track will be welcomed by the industry.

Almost £200,000 of improvements to the all-weather surface have been made after criticism it was coming loose and flying into the faces of horses.

"It's quite expensive, but it's worth it because it keeps everyone happy," Fraser Garrity told BBC Essex.

"It's in excellent condition, We have to spend that money to make sure it's tip-top."

The re-waxed surface has passed testing and will be used in the course's next meeting on 21 July.

Chelmsford City re-opened in January 2015 on the site of the old Great Leigh course, which went into administration after just nine months of racing in January 2009.

The track, which has been granted 58 fixtures for 2015, is now owned by a consortium headed by Fred Done, the boss of bookmaker Betfred.

Mr Garrity added: "Personally, I think (the criticism) is a bit unfair, but we've addressed it and gone beyond what we need to do."