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

  • Heavy
    soft in places

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14:00 188bet Daily Racing Specials 'national Hunt' Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 2f 111y)
Red and purple (quartered), yellow sleeves, red cap (Brocade Racing)
  • Winner: Golden Sunrise
  • Jockey: P J Brennan
  • Trainer: C L Tizzard
  • Owner: Brocade Racing

14:30 In Play Betting At 188Bet Novices' Hurdle (Listed)

(Class 1) (2m 175y)
Emerald green, yellow chevron and sleeves, red cap (Ann & Alan Potts Limited)
  • Winner: Vision Des Flos
  • Jockey: T Scudamore
  • Trainer: C L Tizzard
  • Owner: Ann & Alan Potts Limited

15:05 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle

(Class 2) (2m 7f 25y)
Red and white check, white cap (Tim Syder)
  • Winner: Lovenormoney
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: W Greatrex
  • Owner: Tim Syder

15:35 Champions League Betting At 188bet Veterans' Handicap Chase

(Class 2) (3m 54y)
White, emerald green stripe, white sleeves, dark blue armlets (J A Provan & C E Stedman)
  • Winner: Band Of Blood
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
  • Trainer: Dr R D P Newland
  • Owner: J A Provan & C E Stedman

16:10 Six Nations Rugby At 188bet Graduation Chase

(Class 2) (3m 54y)
Black, yellow triple diamond, diabolo on sleeves and diamond on cap (Mr J P Romans)
  • Winner: Elegant Escape
  • Jockey: T J O'Brien
  • Trainer: C L Tizzard
  • Owner: Mr J P Romans

16:40 Bet Now At 188bet Novices' Chase

(Class 3) (2m 3f 48y)
Light green, yellow inverted triangle, yellow sleeves, red diamonds, yellow cap, red diamonds (Mr D W Fox)
  • Winner: Allysson Monterg
  • Jockey: Jonathan Burke
  • Trainer: Richard Hobson
  • Owner: Mr D W Fox

17:10 Play Casino At 188Bet Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

(Class 5) (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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