Chelmsford City Racecourse


Murrell Equine are proud to be the veterinary providers to Chelmsford City Racecourse (CCRC). Mark Murrell and Marc Auerbach are the senior veterinary surgeons at the racecourse where they have the privilege of working with associate racecourse vets from all the major equine clinics in the county to ensure the safety of the remarkable animals that race at CCRC all year round.


CCRC was built on the site of the previous Great Leighs racecourse, and is not only the newest racecourse in Britain, but is also one of only 5 fully floodlit all-weather tracks in the UK. The course opened for racing on 11th January 2015 with the first public race day on 1st February in the same year. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, offering a huge variety of race day and non-race day events including, but not limited to live music concerts, family fun days, conferences, wedding exhibitions, food festivals, obstacle races and Arabian race fixtures.

By offering significantly higher prize money then its peers across its scheduled fixtures, the course attracted plenty of the top-quality horses in its debut year. Chief among those was Covert trained by Hugo Palmer. She won her first race here before landing the Irish Oaks Classic race just a few months later. 2015 finished on a high when Channel 4 Racing covered the fixture on 27th December, following the abandonment of some jump’s fixtures – the huge advantage of boasting a top of the range all-weather surface – and televised racing is now a regular occurrence at the track. In 2016 the course was selected to stage the prestigious rearranged Greenham meeting following the decision to call off the original Newbury fixture. This card included three group races and was a fantastic accolade for such a young track.

2018 broke records with an amazing £5.2 million in prize money and saw the staging of Britain’s most valuable evening meeting ever on 20th June. This included the track’s first ever listed race, the Queen Charlotte Stakes. Chelmsford’s first ever £100,000 race – The Chelmsford City Cup – soon followed. Three Racecourse Association Excellence awards, and numerous other shortlisting’s, and projected prize money of over £5 million throughout the year show that Chelmsford City really has developed from the young pretender to a leading contender.


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