Exeter Racecourse is a right-handed, oval-shaped British horse racing venue outside the city of the same name in Devon.
It hosts National Hunt events from September to April. The feature of all Exeter race fixtures is the Grade 2 Haldon Gold Cup, a limited handicap chase over almost two-and-a-quarter miles in early November.
The track is located in the Haldon Hills. This makes the course undulating and a stiff test of stamina –a full circuit of Exeter races is roughly two miles.
Many southern stables have regular runners here. It’s that that helps make Exeter horse racing events so integral to the calendar.
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Exeter Racecourse is a lovely local one for me. You can almost get a different climate at the top of the hill compared to the bottom of it and it’s definitely one you want to be wrapping up for – the leggings have to come out for riders and spectators!
It’s a stiff track and a long way round, with quite a steep down and then up at the back. You then climb from there all the way to the post, probably for about a mile-and-a-half. The fences come to you nicely, and most are uphill, which makes them easier to ride because the balance is on the horse’s back legs to propel them over.
The paddock is near the post so you can sometimes see horses being a bit ponderous on the last furlong because they start thinking about home if they get lonely out front, especially if they’re novices showing their age.
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Exeter races are currently being run behind closed doors because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. This is set to be reviewed and updated in line with government advice, with Exeter Racecourse keen to welcome back punters as soon as it is safe to do so.
It’s still worth checking Exeter races fixtures because the decision to allow spectators in could change. If you book tickets to a Exeter Racecourse event that is then moved to behind closed doors, refunds will be processed through the official course website.