Exeter Races ‘for a fiver’ this weekend

Action from Exeter Racecourse. Picture EXETER RACECOURSE

Action from Exeter Racecourse. Picture EXETER RACECOURSE - Credit: Archant

With sport shifting up a gear – think Spring Festivals, Six Nations and FA Cup rounds – Exeter Racecourse is giving all those with a love of the big occasion the chance to come racing this Sunday for just £5 per person, writes Lucy Johnson.

It’s a one-off offer to enjoy some Sunday sport with all the family – under 18s race free – and general manager Jack Parkinson reckons the racecourse will be buzzing.

He said: “It’s that time of year when everything ramps up a gear in racing as the festivals – Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown, are just a few weeks away. Racing starts to take centre stage and there’s a real buzz.

“January can also be quite a gloomy month whether there are bills to pay, tax returns to file or New Year resolutions to keep!

“Whatever people’s circumstances, racing is a great way to enjoy some good old-fashioned camaraderie and we are hopeful that people will come along and join us because there’s always a smile and a great atmosphere on Haldon Hill.”

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Seven races make up the card, beginning at 1.10pm with the Dawlish Novices’ Chase run over three miles.

Some classy horses are sure to be in the line-up, with the racecourse widely regarded as the perfect place to begin young chasing careers.

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Defi Du Seuil, Lil Rockerfeller and White Moon have all won at the course this season and could line up at Cheltenham in March.

Exeter’s £5 ticket offer is for pre-booked Grandstand and Paddock tickets only.

Tickets can be booked at www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk, where information is also available about the free bus service that runs from Exeter St Davids and Exeter Bus and Coach Station to and from the course.

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