14th March 2015
All six races at Chelmsford City on Monday were re-opened at the declarations stage due to insufficient declared runners. In the end 36 horses have been declared.
Do we need more all-weather racing? Clearly not.
Is there still a need for an all-weather track in the north? Almost certainly, yes. It has been shown that there is a significant population of horses based in the north which do not race during the winter but would be likely to if the distance to the nearest all-weather course was not so extreme. But, unfortunately, with every new all-weather course, they want to create more and more fixtures and the horse population simply isn’t available to sustain all this racing. It isn’t rocket science.