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Where is Exeter Racecourse?
Exeter Racecourse is 10km south of Exeter city centre and on the A38 Devon Expressway 8km south from the end of the M5.
There are free shuttle buses from the mainline Exeter St. Davids rail station and Exeter City bus station on racedays.
What is Exeter Racecourse Famous For?
Racing was first held in Exeter in the early 17th century. The course was inaugurated in 1769 and known originally as Haldon Racecourse, due to its location, and more recently Devon and Exeter. In the 1990s, the name was changed to Exeter.
Exeter is sadly known for the demise of Best Mate who died of a heart attack having been pulled up during the 2005 Haldon Gold Cup, eight months after his third consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cup triumph.
Exeter Racecourse Track Specifics
Exeter is a two-mile (3200m) right-handed galloping oval jumps track. The going can be arduous in the winter while a lack of artificial irrigation means firm ground is not unusual in the spring.
The half-mile (800m) run-in is uphill but not markedly so on a track which is a fair test in most conditions.
Biggest Meeting's at Exeter Racecourse
Haldon Gold Cup day is the course's highlight in November with the eponymous feature a Grade 2 limited handicap chase over two miles and one and a half furlongs (3500m) boasting a remarkably impressive roll of honour.
Best Mate won in 2001 before stablemate Edredon Bleu secured back-to-back triumphs. His fellow Queen Mother Champion Chase victors Viking Flagship, Flagship Uberalles, Azertyuiop and Politologue are also past winners as well as Ryanair and King George hero Cue Card.
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