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Exeter Racecourse sits high on the top of Haldon Hill, just outside Exeter, with wonderful views down towards Dartmoor. At 850ft it is the highest racecourse in the land, the second longest at 2 miles, and has been described as not only one of the loveliest courses, but one of the fairest tracks in the country. Charles II is credited with bringing horse racing to Exeter in the mid 1600’s. Back then, the first prize was £50 – it’s since risen quite considerably with prize money worth over £100,000 on Exeter’s Gold Cup Day. Exeter has a reputation of being a fair and testing track, with many good horses starting their racing careers here and going on to achieve great success and fame. Desert Orchid won his first steeplechase here in 1985, with Best Mate doing the same in 2000. More recently Denman, imperious winner of the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup, also got his career off to a winning start at Exeter.
Exeter holds 15 fixtures between October and May, with November’s Haldon Gold Cup Meeting and the popular New Year’s Day meeting providing the highlights.
Whether you are a seasoned or first-rime racegoer, you’re guaranteed a great day out and a warm welcome at Exeter Racecourse. There’s something for everyone: corporate friendly weekday meetings, holiday fixtures with entertainment to suit all the family and new for the 2012/13 season, an extra evening fixture on April 30th to compliment our well established Ladies Day on Tuesday May 7th. To complement the excitement of a day’s racing, Exeter offers a range of superb hospitality packages, restaurant and bar facilities. Exeter Racecourse’s fully established Conference and Events Centre is open throughout the year and offers outstanding levels of service and catering in a range of attractive, purpose-built suites, all with stunning views over the racecourse.
The medieval town of Exeter stands on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, featuring woodland valleys, ancient tours and of course ponies. To the south lies the Dorset and East Devon Coast, also known as the Jurassic Coast. This UNESCO World Heritage Site stretches for 95 miles, recording 185 million years of the earth’s history.
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Tel: 01392 832599
Fax: 01392 833454
Ticket hotline: 0844 579 3005
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General Manager: Tim Darby