Chelmsford City: first meeting set for JanuaryPICTURE: Chris Bourchier
Chelmsford guaranteed 56 fixtures for 2015
PHIL SIERS, managing director at Chelmsford City racecourse, has revealed the track formerly run as Great Leighs has been approved 56 fixtures for next year.
The BHA intends to publish the 2015 fixture list early in the week beginning October 20 as the process reaches its concluding phase. However, Siers revealed on Thursday that the track has already been guaranteed 56 meetings, with the first set for January.
Siers told the Racing Post: "We have been awarded 56 fixtures so far for 2015 and there are still some to be decided. We are expecting to start racing around the middle of January, though again it will depend on what fixtures have been awarded.
"This is a great result for us, it gives us a comprehensive programme for next year, it gives us an opportunity to show what we can do, and I think we will demonstrate over the year that punters like us, trainers like us, jockeys like us, and we will be good for everyone all round."
The all-weather course became eligible to apply for BHA-owned fixtures having struck a prize-money agreement with the Horsemen's Group last month and it has been successful in expanding on the initial 12 start-up fixtures granted by the BHA.