Exeter Racecourse, Kenneford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7XS
Tel: 01392 832 599
“The best non-Grade 1 track in the country”… so said Henrietta Knight, who trained the triple Gold Cup winner Best Mate.
High on Haldon Hill, just outside Exeter, the first races were held in the reign of Charles II, but it was not for another 100 years that races under Jockey Club rules were run at Exeter Racecourse.
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, such as Desert Orchid, who won his first steeplechase here in 1985 and went on to be one of the most famous racehorses in modern times.
Also Best Mate, who won his first steeplechase here in the millennium year and achieved superstardom in National Hunt racing winning three consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cups.
Racing takes place 17 times between October and May, with the Gold Cup meeting in November being the highlight, and January 1st usually attracts the biggest crowds.