horse racing

Carrots for winners at Exeter Racecourse

The Devon National Handicap Chase will take centre stage on Haldon Hill on Friday, February 26 and Exeter Racecourse is rewarding each horse that runs with a net of carrots and a box of polos.

The race is Devon’s very own Grand National and draws entries from many seasoned horses who may not be top class, but who have built up their own legion of fans during the years they have been racing.

“It’s a race I really love with well known horses often in the line up,” explained General Manager Daniel Thompson. “It’s always very competitive, and you can sometimes get an outsider...

Exeter’s Super Sunday attracts stellar cast

Exeter Racecourse’s Super Sunday fixture, which coincides with Valentine’s Day, has drawn a strong card of entries for its seven races, including plenty on target for the Cheltenham Festival that begins in five weeks time and the Crabbie’s Grand National which takes place three weeks later.

The ten entries in the listed Bathwick Tyres novices’ hurdle include the Nicky Henderson-trained Buveur D’Air an impressive winner of his last two starts over hurdles and an entry for both the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, for which he is currently 7-1, and the Neptune Investment Management...

Mid Winter Racing at Exeter Racecourse

Racing continues at Exeter next Tuesday (January 19) with its mid winter fixture when hats, gloves and scarves will be the order of the day for those enjoying a day of sporting action.

Racing UK sponsor the six race card which begins at 1.35pm with a two mile maiden hurdle. Other races include a mares’ handicap hurdle, a novices’ handicap chase, a two mile three furlong handicap chase, a handicap hurdle and a maiden hurdle.

Last year big fields were the order of the day with 76 runners facing the starter. They included the Paul Nicholls-trained Qualando who was beaten a...

Record crowds attend Jockey Club racecourses

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 01/05/2016 - 12:12pm

The UK's largest racecourse group attracted record numbers of people to enjoy a day at the races during the last year, according to new figures published today by Jockey Club Racecourses which show in 2015 its total attendances surpassed 1.9 million for the first time ever. Exeter Racecourse, which is part of Jockey Club Racecourses, saw attendances increase by 6,653. Its flagship racedays include the Haldon Gold Cup, New Year’s Day, Devon Day and its popular Super Sunday meeting in February while Jockey Club Racecourses runs the likes of the Cheltenham Festival, the Crabbie’s Grand...

New Year’s Day racing at Exeter Racecouse

New Year’s Day racing on Haldon Hill is a much loved Devon tradition and hundreds of people will gather at the racecourse to enjoy the excitement and camaraderie of a day at the races.

General manager Dan Thompson said: “The atmosphere at Exeter on New Year’s Day is always fantastic with people wanting to celebrate the first day of the New Year in the fresh air against the backdrop of some thrilling racing. Nothing beats the experience of a day at the races.”

The first race gets under way at 12.35pm with the Passage House Inn Topsham Novices’ Handicap Hurdle. Bathwick Tyres...

New Year's Day horse racing

Event Date: 
01/01/2016 - 12:00pm
Venue: 
Exeter Racecourse, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7XS

New Year’s Day racing on Haldon Hill is a much loved Devon tradition and hundreds of people will gather at the racecourse to enjoy the excitement and camaraderie of a day at the races.

General manager Dan Thompson said: “The atmosphere at Exeter on New Year’s Day is always fantastic with people wanting to celebrate the first day of the New Year in the fresh air against the backdrop of some thrilling racing. Nothing beats the experience of a day at the races.”

The first race gets under way at 12.35pm with the Passage House Inn Topsham Novices’ Handicap Hurdle. Bathwick Tyres...

Exeter stages Devon’s richest raceday

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 10/29/2015 - 11:46am

Devon’s richest raceday takes place next Tuesday (November 3) when high class horses will be heading to Exeter Racecourse to contest the grade 2 Sportingbet Haldon Gold Cup.

The prestigious two-mile one-furlong race is fast, furious and spectacular and with £62,500 in prize money it’s one that trainers make an early season target.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has earmarked Vibrato Valtat, a winner of four novice chases and fourth in the Racing Post Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival, for the race. He said: “It’s one of the early chasing highlights of the season and I try...

Students offered a leg up in horseracing industry

Authored by Lucy
Posted: Thu, 10/01/2015 - 1:03pm

Students with a love of horse racing are being given the opportunity to apply to become Exeter Racecourse’s official ambassador and partake in a series of work experience days aimed at giving them a leg up in the industry.

The role, which lasts from November 1 until the end of May, includes placements with various work providers in the industry to provide an insight into the many and varied roles available in the racing industry.

Upon completion, they will be given a reference by Exeter’s general manager Daniel Thompson and testimonials from each partner who has signed up...

Jump racing action returns to Exeter

Authored by Lucy
Posted: Tue, 09/29/2015 - 5:00pm

Jump racing returns to Exeter Racecourse next Thursday (October 8) when a six race card heralds the start of the new season.

Seventeen race meetings are set to take place between now and the beginning of May and with the racecourse renowned for the quality of racing on offer, spectators will hear the thundering hooves of some of the very best young horses in the country.

General manager Daniel Thompson said: “This is always an incredibly exciting time of year. Exeter is regarded as a very fair track and this means it tends to attract some super young horses and with...

Purrfect time for a race to aid cats

Saturday 3rd October 2015, Charity Race Night in aid of Exeter Axhayes cats protection adoption centre.

Another popular event being held at The Cat & Fiddle Inn, Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary. Doors open at 7pm with the first race starting at 7.30pm prompt.

Cash prizes for those betting on the winning horse in each race.

Ever wanted to be a race horse owner? Then why not buy a horse for the chance to win some great prizes donated by local businesses.

A prize raffle will be held on the night with some lovely priizes up for grabs.

All proceeds goes...

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