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 to firm
    good in places

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Upcoming Races


17:10 188bet.co.uk Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 5f 135y)
Red, white stars on sleeves (Sir A Ferguson,g Mason,r Wood & P Done)
  • Winner: Rouge Devils
  • Jockey: Harry Cobden
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Sir A Ferguson,g Mason,r Wood & P Done

17:40 188bet Novices' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 7f 25y)
Yellow, dark green chevron and sleeves, dark green and yellow hooped cap (The Manor Syndicate)
  • Winner: San Satiro
  • Jockey: Harry Cobden
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: The Manor Syndicate

18:10 Len Olpin Memorial Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (3m 6f 153y)
White, black triple diamond, red sleeves, white armlets, red cap (Miss Jane Edgar)
  • Winner: Only Gorgeous
  • Jockey: Lucy Gardner
  • Trainer: Mrs S Gardner
  • Owner: Miss Jane Edgar

18:40 Champions League Betting At 188Bet Handicap Chase

(Class 5) (2m 3f 48y)
Yellow, purple stars, purple sleeves, light green stars, light green cap (Professor L P Hardwick & Partner)
  • Winner: Seven Kingdoms
  • Jockey: N D Fehily
  • Trainer: David Dennis
  • Owner: Professor L P Hardwick & Partner

19:10 Roa/racing Post Owners Jackpot Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 2f 111y)
Red, black triple diamond, striped sleeves, hooped cap (Mr Frank McAleavy)
  • Winner: Ashoka
  • Jockey: Harry Skelton
  • Trainer: D Skelton
  • Owner: Mr Frank McAleavy

19:40 World Snooker Betting At 188Bet Maiden Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 2f 111y)
Pink, purple cross belts, hooped sleeves, purple cap (Mrs D Thompson)
  • Winner: Trevisani
  • Jockey: Harry Cobden
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Mrs D Thompson

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Exeter Racecourse
01392 832599

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