Exeter Racing

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The cultural and economic heart of Devon, Exeter boasts some very fine historic attractions, most notably the 11th century cathedral but what the town also boast is one of the country's best loved and respected racecourses, a horseracing venue which stages first class National Hunt racing. Situated 5 miles from the city centre the racecourse also occupies a beautiful rural spot on the Halden Hills making Exeter races equally popular with leisure visitors to the area as with the keen racing enthusiasts.

Free Racing Tips The friendly atmosphere at Exeter and excellent hospitality certainly form part of the appeal for racegoers but it is the quality of the racing on offer which forms the main attraction. 16 National hunt fixtures are hosted throughout the season with the highlights being the New Years Day event and Haldon Gold Cup Day.

Exeter is a long circuit perfectly suited for the longer races such as the Gold Cup and in races in excess of 2 miles only one fence needs to be navigated twice.

The right-handed course has a tough uphill finish which on soft ground especially provides a real stamina-sapping challenge for the horses.

Much of the quality of Exeter races comes from its location, close to some highly successful National Hunt stables.

A proving ground for novice chasers, it has been a happy hunting ground for some of the world's most famous horses, such as Desert Orchid, who won at Exeter at the first time of asking in 1985. Best Mate, the Cheltenham Gold Cup hero, also won at Exeter on no less than three occasions.

It is easy to see why Exeter races attract a knowledgeable race crowd but the wonderful natural surrounds and friendly atmosphere also make for a great day out and with easy access via the main road networks and a free bus shuttle from Exeter St. David's station the course is easy to get to.

Racegoers have a variety of raceday options depending on their ticket. For the best panoramic race views choose the Iddlesleigh Gallery section of tiered seating within the Haldon Premier Enclosure. This enclosure also incorporates a recently extended section of the Haldon Stand with increased options for fine dining and other raceday hospitality. The Denman Room is perfect for light lunches while the Best Mate Bar provides the necessary refreshments.

Haldon Premier Enclosure badge holders can access all public areas of the course including the facilities and features of the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure, itself a stand alone ticketing option which includes the Martin Pipe and Romany King Bars, as well as good vantage points for race viewing.
Exeter Racing, inside rail

The first port of call for all racegoers is the Racecard and Souvenirs Kiosk, from which they can purchase their racecard for the day. This contains all the details on each race as well as other essential information to make the most from the time spent at the course.

Exeter Racing, winner While simply turning up on raceday and buying a ticket will ensure access to everything required for a good day at Exeter races, a selection of packages are available which are ideal in particular for those new to racing and who may be unsure of how everything works.

A Newcomers Package incorporates entry into the Grandstand and Paddock enclosure, a snack and drink within Martin Pipe Bar, a racecard, and a betting voucher with the services of as tipster to discuss the best tips of the day. Also included in the price is a behind the scenes tour of the racecourse with the option of a similar package without the tour.

A further option is provided by the Haldon Package and is ideal for those who wish a more exclusive raceday experience.

This package incorporates entry into the Haldon Premier Enclosure, a meal and drink within the Denman Room or Best Mate Bar, racecard, and betting voucher with tips from the tipster. Whatever personal package is chosen it must be booked and paid in advance. These packages are not available for the Haldon Gold Cup or New Years Day events.

For small groups of between 2 and 12 persons a restaurant package may be the ideal way to enjoy some raceday hospitality. Desert Orchid restaurant provides the elegant environment in which to enjoy a three-course luncheon at your own private table booked for the full afternoon of racing. Superb views over the home straight and finishing line are afforded by the restaurant windows while there are is also a licensed bar, CCTV screens to catch all the racing action, and tote betting facilities to try your luck.

For larger groups of up to 100 guests, a private room or suite represents the most exclusive way to enjoy Exeter races. Ideal for corporate gatherings or to celebrate a special day with family and friends, each private suite has a balcony for first class race viewing and comes with a selection of hospitality options tailored to suit each event. Typically these will comprise a choice of dining options, private licensed bar, waiting staff, and convenient Tote betting facilities.

The new Haldon Stand extension provides further hospitality options for any private function or corporate meeting at points outside the racing calendar. Everything from a wedding celebration to an international conference can be hosted against the stunning backdrop of the Haldon Hills using the superb facilities available at the course.