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Exeter Racecourse

Friday 22 February 2019

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It’s a true test of stamina in Devon’s big chase - the Devon National. With 21 fences to negotiate, and three miles six furlongs to complete, the race requires staying power, from horses and jockeys alike.


Gates Open: 12:00pm

Bus Times:

  • Exeter St David's: 12:15pm
  • Bus Station: 12:30pm
  • Return: 5:50pm

First Race: 1:30pm

Last Race: 5:20pm


The prize for the winner is more than £15,000 and it is ever popular among trainers, keen to give their seasoned chasers the chance to win a decent pot of money. 

Some raceday history

Since 1998, the Devon National has taken place just as the early signs of spring begin to emerge and Vince Slattery was on board that first-ever winner with Workingforpeanuts coming home a distance in front of his seven rivals.


Joe Tizzard has won three Devon Nationals and Sir Anthony McCoy has won it twice, on Samlee for Philip Hobbs in 2000, and Teeming Rain for Jonjo O’Neill in 2009, the only horse to have won consecutive runnings of the race. Nigel Twiston-Davies has saddled the winner twice, with duel Grand National-winning jockey Carl Llewellyn winning on board Spanish Main in 2003, and Paddy Brennan on Ammunition in 2011. The reigning Champion Jockey Richard Johnson was the victor in 2008 aboard Obaki De Grissay.

Long-priced horses can spring a surprise with The Clyda Rover winning at 22-1 in 2013 and Ammunition the winner at 16-1 in 2011. Local horses often land the spoils too, with Flying Award, trained by Sue Gardner near Exeter, winning in 2014, and Jeremy Scott’s Clash Duff, who is trained on Exmoor, the victor in 2012 ridden by racecourse Ambassador Nick Scholfield. The 2018 winner was Dawson City, trained by Polly Walker and ridden by Andrew Thornton.


For a day of thrills and edge of the seat excitement, Devon National Day is one not to miss.



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

Event Schedule


Gates open 12:00pm

Bus Times

Exeter St. David's

Bus Station






Start Times




1:30 Novices' Hurdle

2m 7f 25yds



The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 2)

2m 7f



The Visit Exeter Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

(Class 4) (NHMOPS Bonus)

2m 175yds



GG Tips 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)

2m 2f 111yds



GG Fast Results Racecourse Mares's Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 3) (Qualifier for the Challenger Mares' Hurdle Series Final)

2m 2f 111yds



Healthy Pets Devon National Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 3)

3m 6f 153yds



GG Racing Podcast Steeple Chase (A Novices' Limited Handicap) (Class 3)

Abt 3m



Follow @GGCOUK on Twitter Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Class 5)

2m 1f

NH Flat

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The Going


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Raceday style

As we race largely during the winter months, the weather can be unpredictable. We advise that you dress accordingly to ensure you stay warm at Exeter Racecourse.

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