New Year's Day racing at Exeter

PUBLISHED: 15:08 22 December 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 09 August 2010

SOME of racing s most exciting prospects have lined up at Exeter this season and that trend is sure to continue at the course's popular New Year s Day meeting.

SOME of racing's most exciting prospects have lined up at Exeter this season and that trend is sure to continue at the course's popular New Year's Day meeting.

Managing director Steven Clarke said: "A New Year's meeting at Exeter has been a tradition for many years and it's an incredibly popular way to begin the year with superb sporting action guaranteed. People have done everything else over Christmas, so now they like to get out in the fresh air and blow away the cobwebs."

He added: "We've had some exceptional racing this autumn and we've seen some very good horses at the track including the exciting novice chaser Tataniano who won on his debut over fences here. He actually won over hurdles on New Year's Day in 2009 and it would be great to have a horse of that calibre racing next Friday."

The restaurant is fully booked with a waiting list, but there are still savings to be had by booking race day tickets on-line and receiving 10 per cent discount. There's also a free bus from Exeter St David's and Exeter Bus Station.

Seven races are on the card, starting at 12.50pm with the Billy Williams Memorial Novice Handicap Hurdle race. Long term sponsors The Thurlestone Hotel take the name of the National Hunt novice hurdle and the beginners' chase. The Royal Castle Hotel sponsors the 2m3f handicap hurdle and Bathwick Tyres sponsor the 3m novice chase, a handicap chase over the same distance and the bumper at the end of the card.

Mr Clarke said: "Following our terrific meeting last week, we are expecting another great day of racing and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone at Exeter."

Grandstand and Paddock badges cost £13 and premier tickets, allowing exclusive access into the Haldon Stand, are £18. www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk.


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