Exeter Course Guide

Situated on top of Haldon Hill, Exeter racecourse is considered to be one of the fairest National Hunt tracks in the country. Initially popular as a summer-jumping venue (when the track was officially titled Devon and Exeter) there has been a definite shift towards better quality racing over the last two decades and the course now races from October to May. The excellent drainage and galloping nature of the course make Exeter a popular venue to run a novice chaser.

Highlight of the year is the Haldon Gold Cup, a two and a quarter mile chase run in early November. The race has been won by some of the great names in steeplechasing including Very Promising, Barnbrook Again, Viking Flagship, Best Mate, Edredon Bleu and Azertyuiop.

Jumps Racing

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This is a hilly course, galloping in nature. Conditions can get extremely testing in midwinter and the exact opposite in drier periods, the course being without an artificial watering system. Its right-handed two-mile circuit is laid out in a long oval, with eleven fences and a run-in of around 170 yards. The chase course is on the outside of the hurdles one, but the inside track is often used on the home turn regardless of whether the races are over fences or not. The half-mile home straight is on the rise all the way to the finish.

Exeter is a beautiful track - in my opinion definitely one of the best in Britain - and it’s a great place to take a novice chaser. The fences are very fair and the ground is usually lovely. Years ago, they seemed to struggle to water around there, partly, I imagine, because the course covers such a vast expanse of land. But it holds its condition really well now and it’s a great place to ride. It’s a fine test of a horse - really good - and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that so many top trainers like to go there.

View from the saddle: Mick FitzgeraldMick Fitzgerald

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17:50 Horse And Groom Heavitree Mares' Maiden Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 175y)
Red and white check, white cap (Tim Syder)
  • Winner: Tillythetank
  • Jockey: Wayne Hutchinson
  • Trainer: A King
  • Owner: Tim Syder

18:20 Wonford Inn Exeter 'national Hunt' Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 2f 111y)
Royal blue, white epaulets, white and royal blue halved sleeves, royal blue cap, white star (Brian & Sandy Lambert)
  • Winner: Serosevsky
  • Jockey: N P Madden
  • Trainer: Harry Fry
  • Owner: Brian & Sandy Lambert

18:50 Ship Inn Teignmouth Handicap Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 7f 25y)
Black, red chevrons, diamonds on sleeves, red cap (P Holland,jt Measures,ma Kerr,v Hollan)
  • Winner: Max Forte
  • Jockey: Bryony Frost
  • Trainer: C J Down
  • Owner: P Holland,jt Measures,ma Kerr,v Hollan

19:20 Heavitree Brewery Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (2m 3f 48y)
Royal blue, orange spots (Mr G F Gingell)
  • Winner: Kings Lad
  • Jockey: T Scudamore
  • Trainer: C L Tizzard
  • Owner: Mr G F Gingell

19:50 Ship Inn Kingswear/exeter Racecourse Intermediate Hunters' Chase

(Class 6) (3m 54y)
Royal blue, white stripe, white sleeves, red armlets, white cap (Norman & Monica Tory)
  • Winner: Creative Inerta
  • Jockey: Mr Rex Dingle
  • Trainer: Ben Clarke
  • Owner: Norman & Monica Tory

20:20 Cleave Lustleigh Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 5) (2m 175y)
Yellow, red sash, red cap, yellow star (Mr W A Harrison-Allan)
  • Winner: Rhythm Is A Dancer
  • Jockey: Bryony Frost
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Mr W A Harrison-Allan

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Exeter Racecourse
01392 832599

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