Haldon Gold Cup Day

Where history is made

Opens 11:00, First race 1:00, Last race 4:15

Remember, remember the sixth of November because we’ll be going for gold on Devon’s richest raceday at Exeter Racecourse.

It’s one of Devon’s truly remarkable sporting occasions, steeped in history and a must-attend event with the prestigious Haldon Gold Cup the feature race of the day. Our message to you is book a day off, and be part of a great day for Devon when the best head to the west for Gold Cup glory at Exeter races.

Best price tickets are available until 10:59 on 9th October - Don't Miss Out!

More about the Haldon Gold Cup


The Haldon Gold Cup, run over two miles one furlong and worth over £60,000, is an early season highlight and typically attracts some of the country’s best two mile chasers. It is also considered a stepping-stone to the world’s most prestigious race over this shortest distance a horse can run over fences – the Queen Mother Champion Chase which takes place at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Henrietta Knight has won the Haldon Gold Cup four times with Best Mate (2001), Edredon Bleu (2002 and 2003) and Impek (2006). She said: “It is always exciting to win that particular race. You get a tremendous reception and everyone is so welcoming. It’s at the beginning of the season and a prestigious race to win. If you do well, you really look forward to the rest of the season.”

Paul Nicholls has saddled six winners of the race. He said: “It’s one of the early chasing highlights of the season and I try and save a nice horse for it. It’s a very good start for two-mile horses. Kauto Star finished second in the race in 2005 before he went on to win the Tingle Creek, and we’ve won it with Lake Kariba, Flagship Uberalles, Azertyuiop, Tchico Polos, Vibrato Valtat and last year, Politologue.”

The Haldon Gold Cup is a race not to be missed. Come and see jump racing’s stars in action.

The team here at Exeter have a few Top Tips to make your day a success:
Wear: Something warm! Don’t let the Haldon Hill chill get the better of you.
See: The pre-parade ring! Watch the horses getting saddled ahead of the racing
Buy: Treat yourself to a Raceday Essentials Package and have all you need to enjoy your day at the races.
Get involved: Have a flutter! Why not place a bet and cheer home your horse – you could finish the year on a winner!


Under 18's entry is 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 £95 (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

    £12.50 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: Best price available until 10:59, 09/10/2018
    £12.50 pp
    Advanced Group: Available to groups of 10 plus (in advance only)
    £10.00 pp
    On The Day
    £20.00 pp

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

    The Haldon Premier Stand

    £15.00 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: Best price available until 10:59, 09/10/2018
    £15.00 pp
    On The Day
    £25.00 pp

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

    Raceday Essentials Grandstand and Paddock Package

    £35.00 pp

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

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

  • Raceday Essentials Haldon Premier Package

    £40.00 pp

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    • Premier Admission
    • Racecard voucher
    • £10 betting voucher 
    • £9 food and drink voucher
    Advanced Single: Only available in advance.
    £40.00 pp

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

    RacePass 18-24

    Get half price tickets valid with a 18-24 RacePass

    £10.00 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: Prices from
    £10.00 pp

    With a valid RacePass

Restaurants & Packages
  • Desert Orchid Restaurant Package (3 Course)

    £95.00 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
    £95.00 pp

    All prices are inclusive of VAT

Private Boxes
  • Haldon Forest Picnic

    : To book call 01392 832599

    £100.00 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 from
    £100.00 pp

    All prices are inclusive of VAT

    West Country Selections

    : To book call 01392 832599

    £110.00 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 from
    £110.00 pp

    All prices are inclusive of VAT

    Pick of the Paddock

    : To book call 01392 832599

    £120.00 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 from
    £120.00 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

Racing times correct as of September 2018
1:00 The Kenn Novices' Hurdle Race (Class 3) 2m 5f 135yds , Hurdle
1:35 The D & S Commissioning Novices' Hurdle Race (Class 3) 2m 175yds , Hurdle
2:05 The Haldon Gold Cup (A Limited Handicap Steeple Chase) (Class 1) (Grade 2) 2m 1f 109 yds , Chase
2:40 The Exeter Novices' Steeple Chase (Class 2) 3m 54yds , Chase
3:15 The Smith & Williamson Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 3) (Qualifier for The Challenger Staying Chase Series Final) 3m 54yds , Chase
3:45 The Kenn Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 4) 2m 7f 25yds , Hurdle
4:15 The Kennford Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 5) 2m 2f 111yds , Hurdle
Racing times correct as of September 2018
1:00 2m 5f 135yds , Hurdle
The Kenn Novices' Hurdle Race (Class 3)
1:35 2m 175yds , Hurdle
The D & S Commissioning Novices' Hurdle Race (Class 3)
2:05 2m 1f 109 yds , Chase
The Haldon Gold Cup (A Limited Handicap Steeple Chase) (Class 1) (Grade 2)
2:40 3m 54yds , Chase
The Exeter Novices' Steeple Chase (Class 2)
3:15 3m 54yds , Chase
The Smith & Williamson Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 3) (Qualifier for The Challenger Staying Chase Series Final)
3:45 2m 7f 25yds , Hurdle
The Kenn Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 4)
4:15 2m 2f 111yds , Hurdle
The Kennford Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 5)
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