There are claims that Exeter Racecourse may be the oldest in the country. Whether or not this is accurate is open to interpretation, but there are records of racing taking place upon Haldon Hill as far back as 1804. In the 19th century the venue wasn’t only used for racing though, with Devon’s last recorded duel occuring at the racecourse in 1833.
Friendlier action has taken place since, with Exeter a fond early season foray for many top chasers in the land. The Haldon Gold Cup, held in November has been won by the likes of Best Mate, Azertyuiop and Cue Card this century, en route to bigger prizes later in the season.