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

Exeter Jumps RacingTimeform

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

Advance Going

  • Good
    good to soft in places

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Upcoming Races


14:10 Download The App At 188Bet Novices' Hurdle (Div 1)

(Class 4) (2m 2f 111y)
Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves (Paul & Clare Rooney)
  • Winner: If The Cap Fits
  • Jockey: N D Fehily
  • Trainer: Harry Fry
  • Owner: Paul & Clare Rooney

14:45 Download The App At 188Bet Novices' Hurdle (Div 2)

(Class 4) (2m 2f 111y)
Yellow, grey sleeves (Mr B K Peppiatt & Mr D R Peppiatt)
  • Winner: Master Work
  • Jockey: T J O'Brien
  • Trainer: P J Hobbs
  • Owner: Mr B K Peppiatt & Mr D R Peppiatt

15:15 Great Point Media Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 2f 111y)
Royal blue, yellow sash, royal blue sleeves, yellow stars, hooped cap (Mr D V Gardner)
  • Winner: Trans Express
  • Jockey: Lucy Gardner
  • Trainer: Mrs S Gardner
  • Owner: Mr D V Gardner

15:45 Bet 10 Get 20 At 188Bet Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 3f 48y)
White, red stripe, red sleeves, white armlets, red cap (The White Hart Company)
  • Winner: Mr Medic
  • Jockey: James Best
  • Trainer: Robert Walford
  • Owner: The White Hart Company

16:20 Great Point Media Beginners' Chase

(Class 4) (3m 54y)
Violet and white check, white cap (Ditcheat Thoroughbreds Coastal Tiep)
  • Winner: Coastal Tiep
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Ditcheat Thoroughbreds Coastal Tiep

16:50 Free Spins At 188Bet Casino Novices' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 5f 135y)
Royal blue, white seams, red and white hooped cap (Mr J F Panvert)
  • Winner: Eddy
  • Jockey: Sean Houlihan
  • Trainer: Mrs S Gardner
  • Owner: Mr J F Panvert

17:20 NFL Betting At 188Bet Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 175y)
Light blue and white check, halved sleeves, light blue and white quartered cap (Jimmy Hack Racing Partners)
  • Winner: Bambi Du Noyer
  • Jockey: Michael Heard
  • Trainer: D Pipe
  • Owner: Jimmy Hack Racing Partners

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Exeter Racecourse
01392 832599

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