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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Upcoming Races


14:00 Higos For Your Commercial Needs Novices' Selling Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 175y)
Yellow and black diamonds, red sleeves and cap (Mrs Lesley Winrow-campbell)
  • Winner: Paddocks Lounge
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: Mrs S Leech
  • Owner: Mrs Lesley Winrow-campbell

14:30 Higos Insurance Services Bideford Novices' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 7f 25y)
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)
  • Winner: Pure Vision
  • Jockey: N P Madden
  • Trainer: A J Honeyball
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus

15:05 Higos Insurance Services Plymstock Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 2f 111y)
White, emerald green disc, emerald green sleeves, black armlets, black cap (Epds Racing Twitterati Partnership)
  • Winner: Galactic Power
  • Jockey: Jack Quinlan
  • Trainer: R Dickin
  • Owner: Epds Racing Twitterati Partnership

15:40 Higos Insurance Services Novices' Chase

(Class 3) (2m 3f 48y)
White, royal blue epaulets, white sleeves, red spots, royal blue cap (G Mason,sir A Ferguson,mr&Mrs P K Barb)
  • Winner: Clan Des Obeaux
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: G Mason,sir A Ferguson,mr&Mrs P K Barb

16:15 Higos Insurance Services Exeter Interactive Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (3m 54y)
Scarlet, black and white hooped sleeves, black spots on cap (Unity Farm Holiday Centre Ltd)
  • Winner: Bertie Boru
  • Jockey: T J O'Brien
  • Trainer: P J Hobbs
  • Owner: Unity Farm Holiday Centre Ltd

16:50 Higos Insurance Services Braunton Novices' Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (3m 54y)
Royal blue, white epaulets, checked sleeves (John Nicholls (Trading) Ltd)
  • Winner: Zerachiel
  • Jockey: T J O'Brien
  • Trainer: Ian Williams
  • Owner: John Nicholls (Trading) Ltd

17:25 Higos For Your Thatch Insurance Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 6) (2m 175y)
Yellow, large black spots, yellow sleeves, black spots (Nigel & Barbara Collison)
  • Winner: Just A Sting
  • Jockey: Mr M Legg
  • Trainer: Harry Fry
  • Owner: Nigel & Barbara Collison

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Exeter Racecourse
01392 832599

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