Exeter Racecourse will host its first ever Newcomers’ Day on Tuesday, March 8 which will be free to anyone with an EX postcode.
The raceday is designed to encourage those who are new to racing to come along and find out what happens behind the scenes as well as enjoy a six race card. The mysteries of betting will be unravelled and there will be a chance to ask questions about all aspects of the sport.
Free raceday tours will take place before the first race at 2.30pm, and for those who still find racing a mystery, a comprehensive jargon-busting dictionary of commonly-used racing terms is now included in every racecard.
General manager Alice Everitt said: “Coming racing can seem quite daunting to some people, especially with all the unusual terminology and the mysteries which surround betting. Horses are also quite imposing creatures but by encouraging people to come along and take part in our raceday tours and having someone on hand to explain the racecard and betting we hope will all add up to a thoroughly enjoyable day at the races.”
The six races on the card include the gruelling Devon National – a race run over 3m6f. Upton Lakes and Lodges at Cullompton is the new sponsor of the amateur riders’ handicap hurdle over 2m1f and there’s a Wetherbys Bloodstock Insurance Handicap Hurdle, Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide 2011 Novices Chase, Weatherbys Bank Novices’ Hurdle and a European Breeders’ Fund Mares National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle race.
The raceday follows on from the course’s record breaking day on February 13 when the largest crowd – 4,100 – attended since Jockey Club Racecourses took over in 2007.
Free Grandstand and Paddock entrance tickets for EX postcodes must be booked in advance by calling 01392 832599.