Racing surface refurbishment case study: Chelmsford City Racecourse (2015)

The client:

After successfully launching Chelmsford City Racecourse (formerly Great Leighs) at the start of 2015, the Course's first racing season features 58 fixtures incorporating afternoon, twilight and evening meetings.

The challenge:

Following its reopening in January, the course (formerly known as Great Leighs) had attracted criticism for the state of the track, in particular the kickback jockeys and horses suffered during racing. 
Polytrack specialist suppliers Martin Collins were drafted in to provide a quick-response remedy to prolong the life of the surface.


The Martin Collins solution

A comprehensive remedial work  programme which involved the existing racecourse surface being treated with waxed binder.

The surface refurbishment for the track was completed to schedule, with further work planned for a seven furlong start chute.


The results:

Racing took place at Chelmsford for the first time since completion of the surface refurbishment on 21 July 2015 to positive feedback:
  • Luke Morris (Jockey):  "It rides a lot better. It's a lot tighter and there is minimal kickback. If anything, it wants to slow down a bit as the rain we had this morning has compacted it a little. I'll look forward to riding here next week."
  • Jimmy Quinn (Jockey):  "There's a big improvement to the track and there is some bounce to it which there wasn't before. I'm sure it will be in top shape for the next meeting on Tuesday."
  • Phil Siers (Chelmsford Racecourse MD): "We're delighted with the feedback from parties following this morning's gallops. We've invested a substantial amount but getting the surface right has always been our number one priority.

All about Polytrack

Polytrack® is a wax-coated synthetic equestrian surface designed for the racing fraternity. It is created using a highly sophisticated manufacturing process, ensuring that materials of the highest quality are used to produce a consistent final product.  The surface has a root structure that mimics turf, allowing horses to work 'on top' of the surface, rather than into it.

Polytrack® differs from cambered horizontal systems which can cause huge variance in going.  It provides a level vertical drainage system which is key to providing consistency and giving the horse the confidence to perform to its best.


Contact Martin Collins for more on Polytrack

Over the past  15 years, Martin Collins have been commissioned to install Polytrack at over 20 racecourses and there are more Polytrack racecourses around the world than all its commercial all weather surface rivals put together. 
Click here to find out more about the full range of Martin Collins all weather surfaces or contact the Martin Collins team for further advice and information.

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