OPERATION DEEMED A GREAT SUCCESS!
Chelmsford City Racecourse facilitated two trotting races staged by TROTBritain last night under the regulations of the British Harness Racing Club. This came after 8 Flat races and 108 horses competed for £45,000 prize money. Operation Chelmsford was deemed a great success! The photographs below are courtesy of Adam Fisher - many thanks!
APPRECIATED & IMPRESSED
Racecourse Manager Fraser Garrity confirmed he was thrilled to bring trotting racing to Chelmsford City and hope it may be a more regular occurrence in the future. He was delighted to welcome representatives from LeTrot (the French trotting governing body) and TROTBritain.
The LeTrot representatives Emmanuelle Morvillers and Marie-Anh Schwartz, Damien Beau and Mme Marie France Wissocq, all expressed their appreciation for the standard of presentation and racing. They were particularly impressed with the big screen, as well as the rest of the Chelmsford facility.
Owner George Button who took charge of the operation was rewarded when his Thunder Jiel won the Fleet Hire Le Trot, sponsored by Tom Ripley, with a great drive by the peerless Ian Pimlott.
SULKY DU BLEQUIN CONFIRMED HIMSELF HORSE OF THE YEAR!
The bumper card concluded with the staging of the £4,000 George Button Senior Trotteur Francais Cup and won easily by Sulky du Blequin. He confirmed himself as the 'Horse of the Year' beating Tenor Meslois by 11l. The disappointment of the race was Irish challenger Twist Du Layon who could only manage 6th place having been stuck behind horses.
BULK OF THE CROWD STAYED ON
Darren Owen continued to remind the crowd to the impending trotting fiesta throughout the evening and it was pleasing that the bulk of the crowd stayed on for them and that many more came outside to get a closer look than for the gallop races.
SURFACE, ADVERTISING AND TURNOVER
Clearly the surface did not suit some of the horses and detracted somewhat from competitiveness. It was also a shame that the live pictures shown on At The Races came too late to be advertised. Lessons will be and must be learnt going forward but there is no reason why that cannot happen. The Racing Horse looks forward to the next stage. We have no news of betting turnover figures at this stage but hope they were respectable.
BACK AGAIN NEXT SEASON?
The Racing Horse echoes the sentiments of racegoer Kelly Jones who said: “Was a really good night, everyone enjoyed it. Well done to everyone who helped with the organising, all the owners/trainers/drivers, and of course everyone else who came to show there support. It was a great success and hopefully we can all go back again next season and it will be even better.”
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