Exeter Racecourse is set in the beautiful Devonshire countryside and is widely accepted to be one of the best jump tracks in the United Kingdom.
The course plays host to 16 horse racing meetings between October and May each year with one of the key meetings being the William Hill Haldon Gold Cup Day which is held in November. This race was won by the champion steeplechaser Best Mate in 2001, but while attempting the same race in 2005 he sadly died of a suspected heart attack on the way back to the course stables.
The national hunt right handed course oval shaped and is very suited to gallopers, the final straight is uphill all the way and a good stamina test.
Top jockey at this racecourse is Richard Johnson, but the other competitors that do well at this course include Ruby Walsh and 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Tony McCoy. Due to its closeness to several major stables it is frequented by the likes of Paul Nicholls and Philip Hobbs.
Address: The Racecourse, Kennford, Nr Exeter, EX6 7XS.
Jumps: An undulating, elliptical course of about two miles with a finishing straight of four furlongs and a run-in of 250 yards.
Road: Exeter Racecourse is situated just 5 miles on from the end of the M5 southbound, along the A38 (Exeter to Plymouth). The racecourse is situated at the top of Haldon Hill and is clearly signposted from all directions once you have arrived, you will find ample free parking just a short walk from the main entrance. (Use EX6 7XS as the Sat Nav friendly postcode with which to find us.) Parking: Free
Rail: There is a direct train link between London Paddington and Exeter St.Davids (journey time approx. 2 hours). Depending on your time of travel, a taxi up to the racecourse will take about 25 minutes to receive an exclusive discount on a taxi fare to or from the Racecourse, book Gemini Taxis on (01392) 666666 and quote "EX1".
Air: Exeter International Airport is located an easy 15 minute drive from the racecourse, just off the A30. With prior permission, helicopters can land on the course on racedays please call Barry Johnson, our Clerk of the Course, on (07976) 791578 for further information.