Exeter racecourse is a horse racing track located in Exeter, England. It is owned and managed by the Jockey Club Racecourses, and is well known for hosting National Hunt races. It is seated on Haldon Hill, giving it a perfect view down towards the Darmatoor. The racecourse is considered a prestigious racecourses in the South West of
England. It is the 2nd longest track in the country with an approximate length of 2 miles. At 850 feet above the sea level, the racecourse is engulfed by a cool climate making it a great venue to enjoy horse racing from.
Horse racing in the track dates back to the 17th century, making it an old racecourse in the country. Over the years, its popularity increased significantly, and by early 19th century, it had attracted crowds from all over the country. However, racing came to a sudden halt during the outbreak of the World War 2 but later resumed back to normal. In 1911, an architect called Archibald designed a new grandstand in the racecourse, having a total capacity of 600 people. Later in 2006, three other stands were built, increasing its carrying capacity. In 1st November 2005, the racecourse experienced a sad incident whereby Best Mate, a racehorse died of heart attack while racing.
The most notable race held in Exeter is the Haldon Gold Cup. This race is scheduled to take place late October or early November of every year. It is open to horses aged three years and above, and run over a total distance of 3,520 meters, equivalent to 2 miles and 1 furlong with twelve fences to be jumped. Exeter racecourse, apart from being a racing track is a venue for many other activities such as exhibitions, conferences and weddings. It offers a wide
variety of hospitality packages to facilitate a comfortable stay for both individuals and families.