Fourofakind wins Devon National

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 03/01/2016 - 4:30pm

Fourofakind galloped home the 17 lengths winner of the Higos Insurance Services Devon National at Exeter on Sunday (28 February) in an incident packed race where just two of the 12 runners finished.

Trained by Harry Whittington in Oxfordshire, he was sent off the 9-2 joint favourite along with Wizard’s Bridge who pulled up four fences from home.

Gavin Sheehan gave him a superb ride, holding him in midfield until turning into the home straight when he took up the running from Saroque and guided him to a comfortable win. Part owner Andrew Sawyer said: “The main target was the...

Carrots for winners at Exeter Racecourse

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 02/20/2016 - 2:50pm

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...

Super Sunday and Valentine’s Day at Exeter Racecourse

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 01/25/2016 - 11:41am

Exeter Racecourse is celebrating the combination of its prestigious Super Sunday raceday fixture on February 14 and Valentine’s Day with a special offer with two Grandstand and Paddock tickets available for just £14.

With children aged 17 and under get into the races for free, it is the prefect opportunity to celebrate the most romantic day of the year with a day at the races. Everyone who pre-books will also be entered into a special draw to win a romantic break at the Hartnoll Hotel, which nestles in Devon’s Exe Valley.

Prize money is in excess of £100,000 for the meeting...

Mid Winter Racing at Exeter Racecourse

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 01/15/2016 - 4:42pm

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

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 12/26/2015 - 5:44pm

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...

Devon racecourse named one of best in Britain

Authored by ActuateMarketing
Posted: Thu, 10/29/2015 - 4:12pm

Newton Abbot Racecourse has been named as one of the best racecourses in Britain for racehorse owners, after once again achieving Gold Standard from the Racehorse Owners’ Association (ROA).

Out of 60 racecourses in the country, Newton Abbot was one of 12 racecourses to be awarded the accolade, with others including Hamilton Park, Kempton Park and Market Rasen.

The Gold Standard award strives to recognise excellence for owners at each racecourse in the country and looks to improve the experience for racehorse owners year on year.

Patrick Masterson, Managing Director...

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...

Jim Lewis remembers legendary Best Mate

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 10/18/2015 - 12:41pm

The legendary racehorse Best Mate will be remembered at Exeter Racecourse next Tuesday when a beginners’ chase is staged in his name.

His owner Jim Lewis will make his annual pilgrimage to the course to present the prize to the winning owners of the race and to lay a wreath in his memory. Best Mate was widely regarded as the ‘people’s horse,’ his popularity reaching beyond racecourses and stretching out to every corner of the land. Three Cheltenham Gold Cup wins and two victories in the Haldon Gold Cup were among his many successes during a glittering career when he lit up...

Celebrate the end of the racing season at Newton Abbot

Authored by ActuateMarketing
Posted: Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:01pm

As the end of the 2015 season draws to a close, Newton Abbot Racecourse is inviting racegoers to celebrate with the final fixture of the season on Friday 9th October.

The final fixture will mark the last chance for racing enthusiasts to enjoy racing this year at Newton Abbot until the new season begins in early 2016. The season finale will be made all the more special with live music from popular local band Station Road, who will perform after the last race.

Patrick Masterson, Managing Director of Newton Abbot Racecourse, spoke about the season: “This year at Newton Abbot...