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Therapy horses on Christmas raceday

A well-known local charity that uses therapy with horses to help disadvantaged people will take centre stage during Exeter Racecourse’s Christmas raceday next Thursday and bring the curtain down on a year-long programme of supporting local causes.

Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship at Dartington provides equine-based educational and therapeutic activities which helps promotes increased resilience and social, emotional and physical well-being.

A collection on the gate and an information stand will help raise awareness of its invaluable work, that centres on positive...

Unleash your inner elf at Exeter’s festive raceday

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 11/28/2019 - 10:53am

Exeter Racecourse is encouraging racegoers to unleash their inner elf for a great cause at its raceday next Friday (December 6).

Elf Day is a festive-themed fundraiser for Alzheimer's Society, a charity supported by Jockey Club Racecourses, which encourages participants to get into the Christmas spirit and dress up as elves for the day.

This year’s festive event coincides with the raceday so anyone coming to the races dressed as an elf could win on the spot prizes, such as a pair of tickets to come racing, a bottle of prosecco or a case of Tribute Ale.

You can dress...

Kate Adlam and Paul Robinson, paramedics with Devon Air Ambulance

Racing for the Devon Air Ambulance

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 11/06/2019 - 10:18am

Exeter Racecourse will be highlighting the invaluable work of Devon Air Ambulance at its charity raceday on Sunday, November 24.

Racecourse general manager Jack Parkinson said: “Devon’s Air Ambulances are very much an essential part of the community we live in and we are delighted to support their vital work. We have supported the charity for a number of years, but this is the first time we have named our raceday after the charity. We hope that this raceday will help towards raising much-needed funds, as well as being a great day out for all the family.”

Every year the two...

Hillies fly down the home straight for Devon Air Ambulance

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 10/08/2019 - 10:22am

Exeter Racecourse will be raising money for the Devon Air Ambulance at its race meeting on Sunday, November 24 and the meeting will kick-off in fine style with the first Dartmoor Hillies race.

Eight ponies bred on Dartmoor will come dashing down the home straight and racegoers will be able to place their bets, with every penny donated to the charity.

Charlotte Faulkner, on behalf of Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Pony, said: “We are delighted to be coming to having a Hillies race at Exeter Racecourse to show how fabulous these amazing ponies from Dartmoor are while helping to...

Exeter gallops back into action

Exeter Racecourse gallops back into action on Thursday, October 10 with the return of jump racing which coincides with 250 years of racing on the Devon track. Unrivalled for its sense of camaraderie during the autumn and winter months, there’s nothing to beat racing on Haldon Hill, whether you’re new to the sport, attending on your own, or enjoying a day out with colleagues.

Brave jockeys, ebullient trainers, hopeful owners, and hundreds racegoers will ensure an electric atmosphere as all eyes turn to the beloved horses who will be spring-heeled, eager and gleaming as they gallop...

Polly hopes Dawson makes it a Devon win in Exeter’s National

Authored by Lucy
Posted: Tue, 02/19/2019 - 4:54pm

The Healthy Pets Devon National takes centre stage at Exeter Racecourse next Friday (Feb 22) where racecourse director and former champion point-to-point rider Polly Gundry will be hoping to keep the crown in Devon for the second year running.

Polly, who trains racehorses near Ottery St Mary, is planning to run her popular bay Dawson City who won the race last year.

Andrew Thornton, who has since retired, was in the saddle, and when the pair galloped to victory, cheers could be heard across Haldon forest, such was the popularity of the win.

Polly said: “It was great...

Bryony Frost becomes first group-wide ambassador for Jockey Club Racecourses

Authored by Lucy
Posted: Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:50am

Fast-rising star jockey Bryony Frost, from Buckfastleigh in Devon, was yesterday announced as a group-wide ambassador for Jockey Club Racecourses.

Bryony has lit up British racecourses this season with a string of brilliant rides, her first Grade 1 victory and a winning smile to match, helping her to become one of the most popular faces in the sport.

The partnership is the first of its kind for Jockey Club Racecourses, which stages the likes of The Cheltenham Festival, the Randox Health Grand National, the QIPCO Guineas Festival and The Investec Derby Festival, and will now...

Exeter’s Super Sunday race meeting looks set to live up to its name

Authored by Lucy
Posted: Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:54pm

It’s been given the moniker Super Sunday, and judging by the entries, Exeter’s meeting this weekend (February 11) looks set to live up to its name.

Racing aficionados will remember that it was five years ago that Many Clouds, carrying the famous green, yellow and white colours of Trevor Hemmings, romped to glory in the two miles two and a half furlongs novices’ hurdle. Following that win, he quickly asserted himself as one of the nation’s favourite ever racehorses winning nearly £1million in prize money, including the 2015 Grand National.

On Sunday, Jurby will carry those...

All roads lead to Exeter on Super Sunday

Authored by Lucy
Posted: Mon, 01/29/2018 - 12:24pm

Exeter Racecourse’s annual Super Sunday meeting on February 11 takes place on a scintillating weekend of sport in Devon with both Exeter Chiefs and Exeter City in action at home on Saturday. Then the racecourse takes centre stage on Sunday with more than £100,000 in prize money and the prospect of top class racing to enjoy.

Add to that terrific savings on tickets, with a pair of pre-booked Grandstand and Paddock tickets just £15 (children aged 17 and under go racing for free), and its all systems go for a superb weekend of sporting entertainment.

The meeting has proved a...

Top lady jockey Bryony Frost is announced as Exeter’s new racing ambassador

Exeter Racecourse has announced that one of the sport’s brightest talents, Bryony Frost, is the racecourse’s new ambassador for 2018.

Devon born and bred Frost has witnessed a meteoric rise to fame this season and on Boxing Day became only the second female jockey in Britain to win a top-class race over obstacles when she steered Black Cotton to success in the Kauto Star Novice Chase at Kempton. But her roots are firmly set in Devon and the 22-year-old expressed her delight at coming on board with her local racecourse. “To work with Exeter, which is just down the road from where I...

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