Chelmsford City Racecourse
Chelmsford City Racecourse is a left-handed, flat, galloping track which is raced on Polytrack, one of three All weather surfaces in the UK.
Chelmsford City is the new name given to the site as it was previously known as Great Leigh Racecourse but financial troubles meant it was closed down in 2009.
However, under new management, the course reopened at the turn of the year in 2015.
The circuit is just beyond an extended mile in circumference and can be floodlit all the way round to accommodate evening racing in the winter. There is also an extended start (chute) for seven and eight furlong races which is adjoined to the main course.
The course appears to be a fair track for horses to race on being flat with turns easy enough to negotiate and about a two furlong run in from the final bend, therefore providing sufficient time for horses to make their challenge up the home straight if good enough.
There doesn’t appear to be any major draw bias but being drawn very wide does mean you have to cover more ground, so good jockeyship skills are all important in getting a good position soon after the start, especially over shorter distances.
Some jockeys do ride all weather courses better or just as well than they do on turf and there are some jockeys who know how to ride this track with confidence as the results below show.
Bets: 94 Wins: 35 strike rate: 37.23% P/L +36.74 (SP)
S. De Sousa
Bets: 292 Wins: 79 strike rate: 27.05% P/L +56.05 (SP)
What is surprising from the above stats is that these are two of our best jockeys in the UK, and arguably amongst the top jockeys in the world, (see world rankings) and it is often found that the bookmakers are keen to start offering odds shorter than they should be when these two are on booked rides.
Clearly, the opposite is true in these set of circumstances and it just goes to show it’s always worth checking some facts when others may not see the point or value in doing so.
However, there are also jockeys who are less noted on the bookmaker’s radar and also ride this course well, they are as follows;
Bets: 115 Wins: 23 strike rate: 20% P/L +63.84 (SP)
B A Curtis
Bets: 43 Wins: 9 strike rate: 20.93.05% P/L +53.75 (SP)
Bets: 43 Wins: 9 strike rate: 20.93.% P/L +47.38 (SP)