Best Mate Beginners Chase Day

Where future stars are born

Opens 12:20, First race 2:20, Last race 4:50
Current going
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A fine day to come racing where we celebrate the triple Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning legend Best Mate after whom the Beginners’ Chase is named.

It’s the place to spot future stars at this celebrated fixture. Yanworth was the comfortable winner of last year’s renewal. The Alan King-trained gelding added Cheltenham’s BetBright Dipper Novices’ Chase to his haul last season before finishing a very respectable sixth in The Festival’s Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle. 2017’s meeting drew a plethora of fine horses, including the Anthony Honeyball-trained Acey Milan who was second in the bumper and then racked up wins at Wincanton, Cheltenham and Newbury before finishing fourth in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at The Festival™ presented by Magners.

If watching the best of the best is your thing, make it a date and come to Best Mate Beginners’ Chase Day on Tuesday 23rd October.

Under 18's entry is free of charge, when attending with a full paying adult.

Looking to make the most out of your day at the races? We have world-class hospitality options for all, with prices starting at £90 (including admission). The highly popular Desert Orchid is also available, offering views of the finishing straight and winning post.

2018/19 Hospitality Brochure

Important Ticket Information

There is a FREE bus service from St David's, click here to view the bus timetable. Seats available on a first come, first serve basis.

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General Admission
  • Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure

    Group advanced tickets available

    £14.00 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:
    £14.00 pp
    Advanced Group: Available to groups of 10 plus (in advance only)
    £10.00 pp
    On The Day
    £17.00 pp

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

    The Haldon Premier Stand

    £19.00 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:
    £19.00 pp
    On The Day
    £22.00 pp

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

    Raceday Essentials Grandstand and Paddock Package

    Available in advance only

    £30.00 pp

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    • Grandstand & Paddock Admission
    • Racecard voucher
    • £10 betting voucher 
    • £9 food and drink voucher 
    Advanced Single: Only available in advance
    £30.00 pp

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

  • Raceday Essentials Halfdon Premier Stand Package

    Available in advance only

    £35.00 pp

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    • Premier Admission
    • Racecard voucher
    • £10 betting voucher 
    • £9 food and drink voucher 
    Advanced Single: Only available in advance
    £35.00 pp

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

    RacePass 18-24

    Only available with a valid RacePass

    £8.50 pp

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    Save 50% if you're aged 18-24 with a valid RacePass. Register today and purchase your RacePass tickets. 

    Advanced Single: Available with a valid 18-24 RacePass. Prices from
    £8.50 pp

    With a valid RacePass

Restaurants & Packages
  • Desert Orchid Restaurant Package (Three Course)

    £90.00 pp

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    • Haldon Premier Admission 
    • Reserved table for the day
    • Outstanding views 
    • Official racecard
    • Free car parking
    • TV racing coverage 
    • Betting service 
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Delicious three course carvery luncheon/dinner
    • Waiter/waitress service 
    • Tea and coffee
    Advanced Single: Tables for between 2 and 14 guests are available and need to be pre-booked.
    £90.00 pp

    All prices are inclusive of VAT

Private Boxes
  • Haldon Forest Picnic

    : To book call 01392 832599

    £95.00 pp

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    • Haldon Premier Admission
    • Private hospitality box
    • Official racecard
    • Free car parking
    • TV racing coverage 
    • Betting service 
    • Hospitality team to ensure the smooth running of your day
    • Private bar facility 
    • Finger buffet
    • Mini desserts
    • Selection of British cheeses
    • Tea and coffee
    Advanced Single: Available in advance only. Prices start from
    £95.00 pp

    All prices are inclusive of VAT

    West Country Selections

    : To book call 01392 832599

    £105.00 pp

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    • Haldon Premier Admission
    • Private hospitality box
    • Official racecard
    • Free car parking
    • TV racing coverage 
    • 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 and coffee
    Advanced Single: Available in advance only. Prices start from
    £105.00 pp

    All prices are inclusive of VAT

    Pick of the Paddock

    : To book call 01392 832599

    £115.00 pp

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    • Haldon Premier Admission
    • Private hospitality box
    • Official racecard
    • Free car parking
    • TV racing coverage 
    • 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 and coffee
    Advanced Single: Available in advance only. Prices start from
    £115.00 pp

    All prices are inclusive of VAT

PRIVATE BOX PACKAGES NOT AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE. TO PURCHASE PRIVATE BOX PACKAGES PLEASE CALL 01392 832 599

Race Schedule

2:20 The Happy Birthday Matthew Johnson Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle Race 2m 175yds , Hurdle
2:50 The Surecav Cavity Spacer Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) 2m 7f 25yds , Hurdle
3:20 The Savona Foodservice Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 3) 3m 54 yds , Chase
3:50 The 100% RacingUK Profits Back To Racing Maiden Hurdle Race (Class 4) 2m 2f 111yds , Hurdle
4:20 The Bidfood Best Mate Beginners' Steeple Chase (Class 3) 2m 1f 109yds , Chase
4:50 Bet At RacingUK.com Junior Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race 1m 5f 38 yds , Flat
2:20 2m 175yds , Hurdle
The Happy Birthday Matthew Johnson Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle Race
2:50 2m 7f 25yds , Hurdle
The Surecav Cavity Spacer Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
3:20 3m 54 yds , Chase
The Savona Foodservice Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 3)
3:50 2m 2f 111yds , Hurdle
The 100% RacingUK Profits Back To Racing Maiden Hurdle Race (Class 4)
4:20 2m 1f 109yds , Chase
The Bidfood Best Mate Beginners' Steeple Chase (Class 3)
4:50 1m 5f 38 yds , Flat
Bet At RacingUK.com Junior Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race
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