The Season Opener
Best Mate Beginners Chase Day
Haldon Gold Cup Day
New Year's Day
Where to be for the best views
HALDON PREMIER ENCLOSURE
Badge Holders at the Haldon Premier Enclosure have access to all public areas, including the Denham Bar, Best Mate Bar and the newly extended Haldon Stand, opened 2009. The enclosure’s upstairs area offers exceptional panoramic views of the track, best seen from the the warmth and comfort of the tiered seating of the Iddesleigh Gallery. Guests will also have access to all facilities in the Grandstand and Haddock Enclosure.
GRANDSTAND AND HADDOCK ENCLOSURE
Those staying in the Grandstand and Haddock enclosure will be able to enjoy a range of facilities and food and drink options. The Romany King and Martins Pipe Bar offer a range of hot and cold snacks, whilst there is also a burger van at the rear of the stand.
PRIVATE HOSPITALITY SUITES
For those looking for something more private, a vast range of tailor-made exclusive hospitality suites are available to be booked in advance and can accommodate from 10-100 people. Each of these suites contains a fully licensed bar and has easy access to a tote betting point, as well as lift access outside to the parade ring and winner's enclosure only a short walk away.
How to find us
Exeter St. Davids is located approximately 2 hours from London Paddington via a direct train. Usually a taxi to the racecourse will take about 25 minutes. To receive an exclusive discount on your fare, please book Gemini taxis on 01392 666666 and quote ‘EX1’
Available strictly on a first come, first served basis, a bus runs to the Racecourse from Exeter St Davids train station and Exeter City Bus Station on every raceday. Only one bus will run each raceday.
There is also a bus (Bus 39) running from Exeter St Davids train station to Newton Abbot via Exeter Racecourse and times can be found here - https://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables.
The bus stop at Exeter Racecourse is between the Countess Wear Roundabout and Chudleigh Memorial and is just opposite the Route 5 restaurant on the dual carriageway.
Exeter Airport is conveniently located only a 15 minute drive from the racecourse, just off the A30. For those wishing to land a helicopter on racedays, please call the Clerk of the Course, Barry Johnston on 07976 791578 for permission.
Located just off the A3 (Exeter to Plymouth), Exeter Racecourse can be easily reached from the M5 Southbound, which is just 5 miles away. Although signposted, the entrance is hidden via a sharp turn after the brow of Haldon Hill, so please keep this in mind when coming into the racecourse. If using a Sat Nav, the postcode is EX6 7XS.
Parking is both free and plentiful at Exeter Racecourse and is located just a short walk from the entrance.
What to wear
Although there is no formal dresscode at Exeter, smart casual wear is encouraged and the racecourse advises all to dress for the weather.
Fancy dress is permitted at the racecourse. However, please ensure that your dress can not be seen as offensive to others on religious, sexual or political grounds. The racecourse reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone whose attire they believe to be inappropriate and advises all those unsure to call (01392) 832599.
Exeter Racecourse is fast becoming one of the UK's top National Hunt tracks. Set amongst the picturesque Devonshire countryside, sitting high on the top of Haldon Hill, the racecourse treats visitors to spectacular views down towards Dartmoor. Arguably the most prestigious in the South West, the racecourse is both the highest in the country (at 850 feet) and the second longest (at 2 miles) ensuring that it provides one of the fairest tests in the UK.
Past course and distance winners should be respected at Exeter, as the course is pretty hilly with some quite severe gradients. It tends not to suit long-striding galloping types as they can often be unsettled by the undulations.
King George and Gold Cup legends Desert Orchid and Best Mate won their first races at Exeter and after they were crowned champions the course got a new slogan suggesting visitors should attend ‘to see tomorrow’s champions today.’ Indeed, while the slogan has certainly worked, the record-breaking win of heating engineer Steve Whiteley, probably did more to bring punters to the track. In 2011 Exeter made headlines when the 60 years old, £2 punter, got a free ticket to the track, used his bus pass to journey there and then won a record £1.4 million on the Tote jackpot when Lupita at 12-1 won the sixth race for him.
Formerly known as Haldon Racecourse, racing began at Exeter under the reign of Charles II. The racecourse has since become a favourite amongst many national hunt enthusiasts, particularly when the prestigious Haldon Gold Cup comes around each year in May.