Exeter Racecourse is a National Hunt course situated on top of the Haldon Hills in Devon. The track, once known as Devon and Exeter, used to host summer jumping. However, in recent years the quality has vastly improved and racing now only takes place from October to May. The Haldon Cup is their feature event held in early November. Some of the greatest names in British chasing have been victorious in this event. The legendary Best Mate was a previous winner of the race. However, he sadly took his final strides in 2005 during the race and suffered a suspected heart attack.
Exeter Betting Tips
A right-handed track with some severe undulations, especially in the back straight, Exeter racecourse boasts the second longest track in the country. The oval course measures 2 miles in circumference. With 11 fences in total on the steeplechase course and long, gradual bends, the track lends itself to good galloping types. This is a factor that we strongly consider when selecting our horse racing tips.
Many top young novice chasers make their debuts at Exeter, such as Desert Orchid and Best mate to name a few. This is due to the uneven layout of the fences for educational purposes and the fact that the fences aren’t considered to be difficult.
The hurdles course consists of seven flights which are also unevenly placed. It also has a run in of around 1 furlong. Exeter does have its degree of difficulty. But, overall, it is a very fair course where both front runners and horses coming from off the pace prosper in equal measure.
Exeter Betting Trends
Unsurprisingly, local trainer Philip Hobbs runs in many races at Exeter and has his fair share of winners. However, the man we look to first when selecting our Exeter tips is Paul Nicholls. The Ditcheat maestro has impressive strike rates in all forms of jumps. He has raced here with 30.43% over hurdles, 21.62% with chasers and 33.33% in bumpers.
During the last three years, Paddy Brennan has enjoyed 7 winners and 12 places from his 25 rides over fences at Exeter. That win percentage is eclipsed, both over hurdles and in bumpers, by Richard Johnson who has 33.33% and 40% respectively.
Exeter Feature Races
- Bathwick Tyres Novices’ Hurdle (Listed) (2m 1f)
- Veteran’s Handicap Chase Qualifiered (Leg 1 Veterans’ Chase Series) (3m 54y)
- Haldon Gold Cup (Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) (2m 1f 109y)