Exeter Gallops Back into Action as the New Season Begins
- There are changes afoot at Exeter Racecourse in readiness for the new season which begins on October 11
Jump racing is back at Exeter Racecourse on Thursday, October 11, and following major building work, there’s a whole new look to greet racegoers. It’s been four months of restructuring, renovating and refurbishing, and when racegoers returns, they’ll find a slick new bar, with an undercover outdoor area giving views to the paddock and racecourse.
The Owners and Trainers room has also been extended creating one of the smartest facilities in the country. It’s a huge space which is more than twice the original size giving seating for 162, and doubling up as a much needed area for team training for the racecourse’s conferences and events business.
General manager Jack Parkinson said:
“It’s looking fantastic in readiness for the return of jump racing. Our new Owners and Trainers facility is a fantastic. It’s a vast, light, bright area with views right across the course, and incorporating a new bar, separate area for food, seating, TV screens. It’s really quite special as we’ve added lots of character with the colours we’ve used, the paintings on the wall, and the naming of the specific areas.
“We’ve also created much needed undercover space close to the paddock so that even during the worst winter area, people still have the sense that they are outdoors, but they’re dry!”
The season’s opener on October 11 kicks off 17 fixtures when high octane action will be the order of the day on Hand Hill.
“It’s always a great meeting with a real sense of celebration that we’re back racing,” said Jack, adding, “At the start of the season there is always so much to look forward to. Who will be crowned champions come the big spring festivals, and will we be seeing any at Exeter?
“We’re conscious of the fact that at Exeter the weather can sometimes take its toll, so with more undercover space including a smart new bar serving warming tea and coffee it will be a case of wrapping up and enjoying the horses.”
The season gallops on to its second meeting on October 23 with Best Mate Beginners Chase day and then its the blue riband of jump racing in Devon with the prestigious Haldon Gold Cup on Tuesday, November 6.
It’s a hugely significant race in the jump racing calendar, and seen as an important stepping stone for the country’s leading chasers as the major Saturday races approach.
“It’s a day no sporting fan should miss, mot least for the terrific atmosphere and the fact that in Devon you’re seeing the very best horses in action,” explained Jack. “This year we want everyone to come along and be a part of this historic day, racing fan or not, because experience great sport in real time is unforgettable.”
Mid week racing on November 14 is followed by the racecourse’s iconic Devon Day on Sunday, November 25, when Dartmoor’s racing Clydesdales will return and there will be a countryside theme with a host of free activities for children to enjoy. The day is a fund raiser for the Devon Air Ambulance and there are Clydesdale ownership opportunities, with every penny donated to the charity. You’ll get to stand in the paddock, and drink champagne in Winning Connections after the race.
Christmas at Exeter is a time-honoured tradition, whether its attending a Christmas party – Swing into Christmas on December 8th, 14th and 15th – or a raceday on December 7th or 20th. A raceday offers a brilliant alternative to an office party, with pre-booked Grandstand and Paddock tickets December 7 just £5 each for groups of ten or more if purchased before November 8th. Pre-booked group prices for December 20 or £10 each.
The racecourse’s always kicks off the New Year in the best possible style when a day at the races is the perfect way to toast the start of another year.
For further details visit www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk