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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12:30 ROA/Racing Post Owners' Jackpot Conditional Jockeys' Novices' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 2f 111y)
Beige, black hoop, armlets and cap (Mrs C Williams)
  • Winner: Virginia Chick
  • Jockey: Conor Ring
  • Trainer: Evan Williams
  • Owner: Mrs C Williams

13:00 British Stallion Studs EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier)

(Class 4) (2m 175y)
Mauve and white check, white sleeves, mauve armlets (The Gosden Mob)
  • Winner: The Russian Doyen
  • Jockey: R M Power
  • Trainer: C L Tizzard
  • Owner: The Gosden Mob

13:35 Prydis Handicap Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 5f 135y)
Maroon and grey stripes, grey sleeves, maroon armlets (Andy & The Frisky Fillies)
  • Winner: Flemcara
  • Jockey: Patrick Cowley
  • Trainer: Miss E C Lavelle
  • Owner: Andy & The Frisky Fillies

14:05 Play Casino At 188Bet Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (2m 3f 48y)
Royal blue, pink hoop (Mr & Mrs William Rucker)
  • Winner: De Dollar Man
  • Jockey: Adam Wedge
  • Trainer: Evan Williams
  • Owner: Mr & Mrs William Rucker

14:40 Download The App At 188Bet Novices' Chase

(Class 2) (2m 3f 48y)
Orange, black triple diamond, chevrons on sleeves (John And Heather Snook)
  • Winner: West Approach
  • Jockey: R M Power
  • Trainer: C L Tizzard
  • Owner: John And Heather Snook

15:15 Premier League Betting At 188Bet Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (3m 6f 153y)
Light blue, orange chevrons, light blue sleeves and cap (Bryan & Philippa Burrough)
  • Winner: Yanmare
  • Jockey: Jamie Bargary
  • Trainer: N A Twiston-Davies
  • Owner: Bryan & Philippa Burrough

15:45 Read Noel Fehily At 188Bet Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 6) (2m 175y)
Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves (Paul & Clare Rooney)
  • Winner: Time To Move On
  • Jockey: B J Geraghty
  • Trainer: F O'Brien
  • Owner: Paul & Clare Rooney

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Exeter Racecourse
01392 832599

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