188BET Best Mate Beginners Chase Day

Where future stars are born.

Opens 12:10, First race 14:10, Last race 16:40
Current going
Good - Good to Firm in places

The rich colours of Haldon forest make a stunning backdrop to this autumn raceday as the glory days of winter jump racing gallop closer. Catch a glimpse of future stars on the six race card with the feature Best Mate Beginners’ Chase named after the legendary three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Best Mate who still holds a place close to peoples’ hearts despite passing away ten yeas ago.

Also on the card is a two mile one furlong novices’ hurdle and a novices’ handicap hurdle that are likely to draw highly regarded horses on the first rungs of the racing ladder, like Melodic Rendezvous and Rocky Creek.

This is a wonderful time on Haldon Hill, when the forests are tinged with the golden glow of autumn and the clocks have yet to go back to herald the start of a winter jump racing extravaganza.
Grandstand and Paddock cost £13 in advance (£15 on the day;) Premier tickets cost £18 in advance (£20 on the day). Children aged 17 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.
For advance bookings of ten or more, Grandstand and Paddock tickets cost £10 each.

The Haldon Premier package is available for £25 in advance and includes Premier Admission, racecard, £5 meal voucher, glass of wine or pint of beer.
The Desert Orchid package is available for just £80 including VAT per person and enjoys stunning panoramic views of the course and with your own private table. The overall package includes: a reserved table for the afternoon, delicious carvery, Haldon premier admission, racecard and free car parking.

A free behind the scenes tour of the racecourse takes place an hour behind the first race, meeting outside the weighing room, and our raceday announcer, Luke Harvey, will be providing his tips on the winners’ podium half an hour before horses come under starters’ orders

A free bus to the racecourse leaves Exeter St Davids at 12.30pm and Exeter Bus and Coach Station at 12.45pm and returns 30 minutes after the last race. (please note it may leave earlier if full).

Please note that that race and bus times are subject to change and will be updated closer to the event.


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General Admission
  • The Haldon Premier Stand

    £18.00 pp

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    Haldon Premier badge holders have access to all public areas, including the Haldon Stand, with the Denman Room serving a light lunch and full range of drinks and the Best Mate Bar next door. Upstairs, racing may be enjoyed in the warmth and comfort of the Iddesleigh Room, which offers a superb panoramic view of the track.

    Advanced Single:
    £18.00 pp
    On The Day
    £20.00 pp

    Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure

    £13.00 pp

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    Grandstand and Paddock badge holders have access to all public areas other than the Haldon Stand. AP's Bar and the Martin Pipe Bars offer fully licensed bar facilities and light snacks, whilst there is a burger van at the rear of the stands.

    Advanced Single:
    £13.00 pp
    Advanced Group: Available to groups of 10 plus (in advance only)
    £10.00 pp
    On The Day
    £15.00 pp

    Premier Package

    £25.00 pp

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    • Premier Admission
    • Racecard
    • £5 Meal  Voucher
    • Glass of Wine or Pint of Beer
    Advanced Single:
    £25.00 pp

  • Grandstand and Paddock Package

    £20.00 pp

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    • Grandstand & Paddock Admission
    • Racecard
    • £5 Meal  Voucher
    • Glass of Wine or Pint of Beer
    Advanced Single:
    £20.00 pp

    Racing Union Student Package

    £10.00 pp

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    Racing Union Package must be booked in advance via the Racing Union website www.theracingunion.co.uk/venue/exeter/

    Package includes: entry, £2 Tote Voucher and a drink (pint of beer / glass of wine / soft drink) 

    Grandstand and Paddock badge holders have access to all public areas other than the Haldon Stand. The AP's and Martin Pipe Bars offer fully licensed bar facilities and light snacks, whilst there is a burger van at the rear of the stands.

    Advanced Single: Available on the gate only - valid on NUS card will be required
    £10.00 pp

Please note a booking fee applies to all transactions.
Restaurants & Packages
  • Desert Orchid Restaurant Package (3 Course)

    £80.00 pp

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    • Reserved table for the afternoon
    • 3-course Carvery  luncheon with tea and coffee to follow
    • Haldon Premier Admission
    • Racecard
    • Free car parking
    Advanced Single: Tables for between 2 and 12 guests are available and need to be pre-booked.
    £80.00 pp

Please note that all prices include VAT and a booking fee applies to all transactions.

Private Boxes
  • West Country Picnic Menu

    £85.00 pp

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    • Haldon Premier Admission
    • Official Racecard
    • Free Car Parking
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Private bar facility
    • Finger Buffet
    • Mini Desserts
    • Selection of British cheeses
    • Tea & Coffee
    Advanced Single: Available in advance only. Prices start from
    £85.00 pp

    Local Favourites Menu

    £95.00 pp

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    • Haldon Premier Admission
    • Official Racecard
    • Free Car Parking
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Private bar facility
    • A selection of locally sourced hot main courses
    • Mini Desserts
    • Selection of British cheeses
    • Tea & Coffee
    Advanced Single: Available in advance only. Prices start from
    £95.00 pp

    South West Platters Menu

    £105.00 pp

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    • Haldon Premier Admission
    • Official Racecard
    • Free Car Parking
    • TV racing coverage
    • Tote betting service
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Private bar facility
    • Locally sourced cold fork buffet
    • Mini Desserts
    • Selection of British cheeses
    • Tea & Coffee
    Advanced Single: Available in advance only. Prices start from
    £105.00 pp

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Race Schedule

14:10pm ROA / RACING POST OWNERS´ JACKPOT AMATEUR RIDERS´ HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4) 2m175y , HURDLE
14:40pm ILFRACOMBE FOOD SERVICE HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4) 2m7f25y , HURDLE
15:10pm 188BET.CO.UK HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3) 3m54y , CHASE
15:40pm FREE SPINS AT 188BET CASINO NOVICES´ HURDLE (CLASS 4) 2m175y , HURDLE
16:10pm 188BET BEST MATE BEGINNERS´ CHASE (CLASS 4) 2m1f109y , CHASE
16:40pm CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING AT 188BET "JUNIOR" STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE (CLASS 6) 1m5f38y , BUMPER
14:10pm 2m175y , HURDLE
ROA / RACING POST OWNERS´ JACKPOT AMATEUR RIDERS´ HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4)
14:40pm 2m7f25y , HURDLE
ILFRACOMBE FOOD SERVICE HANDICAP HURDLE (CLASS 4)
15:10pm 3m54y , CHASE
188BET.CO.UK HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 3)
15:40pm 2m175y , HURDLE
FREE SPINS AT 188BET CASINO NOVICES´ HURDLE (CLASS 4)
16:10pm 2m1f109y , CHASE
188BET BEST MATE BEGINNERS´ CHASE (CLASS 4)
16:40pm 1m5f38y , BUMPER
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING AT 188BET "JUNIOR" STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE (CLASS 6)
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