Chelmsford City: will re-wax surface before next meeting in JulyPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Chelmsford begins re-waxing process
THE long-awaited re-waxing of the all-weather track at Chelmsford City went through its first phase on Wednesday when two test beds were laid out on the back straight at the Essex track.
The surface has attracted criticism from some jockeys and trainers since it was reopened in January, particularly the kickback, and the course has begun planned works to address the issue.
After Thursday afternoon's fixture on June 18, the course does not race again until July 21 and the refurbishment is to take place in that window.
The two test areas, which measure 14m x 4m, were prepared to a different level of wax content by Polytrack specialists Martin Collins and lie on the outside of the track down the back straight
Clerk of the course Andy Waitt, said: "We were pleased with how the test beds went first indications are positive we will work the areas now and then get a few horses on them on a non-raceday."
Racecourse manager Fraser Garrity said: "We had to wait for drier conditions to start the process and two separate levels of concentrate were added to each bed. We now have just over a month to get it done before our next meeting when we also hope to have our seven furlong chute finished."