William Hill Gold Cup day at Exeter

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:33 15 June 2010

EXETER stages its richest raceday next Tuesday (Nov 4) and it looks set to be one of the hottest renewals yet.

EXETER stages its richest raceday next Tuesday (Nov 4) and it looks set to be one of the hottest renewals yet. With the country feeling the effects of recession, Exeter is also bucking the trend and has increased prize money by another £5,000 taking it to £75,000 for the race. It is also running a free bus service from Exeter St David's and Exeter Bus Station to help reduce the cost of a day at the races.Steven Clarke, who was appointed managing director at Exeter in 2007, said: "The William Hill Gold Cup race is a real showpiece for Exeter and in the past has attracted some of the best horses in the country. We are delighted to be able to increase the prize money to £75,000 and we fully expect the race to live up to its billing as the first real test for National Hunt horses of the season.He added: "By providing a free bus service to and from the course people are able to enjoy a day at the races without the hassle of driving."The race, formerly known as the Haldon Gold Cup, is famous for the calibre of its runners and Best Mate, Desert Orchid, Kauto Star and Viking Flagship are just some of the famous names to line up in the race.This year, primed to run in the Grade two contest is 2008 Arkle winner Tidal Bay, who galloped to glory at the Cheltenham Festival in March. His trainer has targeted the race to begin the seven-year-old's campaign this season. Paul Nicholls, who trained Flagship Uberalles to win the Haldon Gold Cup in 1999,is also likely to have a runner and said Twist Magic could be a contender while David Pipe is set to run last year's winner Pablo Du Charmil.The first of six races is off at 1.40pm, with William Hill sponsoring the card. Grandstand and Paddock tickets cost £13, Haldon Premier badges £18 and children under 16 go free. For further information please visit www.exeter-racecourse.

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