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Brand new racecourse, Great Leighs, will host its first race day on Friday, 4 April.

The Essex track is the first new racecourse to open in Britain in 81 years.

Inspectors from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) this week declared Great Leighs, near Chelmsford, Essex, fit for racing.

Racecourse owner John Holmes said: “One must not expect a grand opening, this is a completely new destination where safety will take precedence.”

Following the opening meeting, a further eight fixtures are planned for April. Organisers expect the public grandstand and hospitality facilities to be fully operational in time for a two-day meeting on 28-29 May.

“We believe that Great Leighs will play an important role on the international stage of horseracing, as well as benefiting the mid-Essex economy,” said Holmes, adding thanks to the BHA for their support and encouragement throughout the racecourse’s development.

Visit www.greatleighs.com for information on membership, fixtures and facilities.