The stars come out

Great new race­days on the cards at Ex­eter Race­course in 2019, writes LUCY JOHN­SON

Devon Life - - Exeter Races -

in 2019.

Pull on your best win­ter coat, dig out your tweed, find your best hat and don’t for­get your gloves, be­cause Ex­eter Race­course is cel­e­brat­ing its first ever Win­ter Ladies’ Day on Sun­day, 10 Feb­ru­ary.

It’s a date to lift the win­ter gloom with a splash of colour - gather your friends, hus­bands, part­ners and chil­dren and head to Hal­don Hill to en­joy a pre­mier day of rac­ing where prize money for the win­ning horses is in ex­cess of £100,000.

That means some of rac­ing’s bright­est stars will be in ac­tion and with the spring fes­ti­vals just around the cor­ner, it’s time to soak up the at­mos­phere and see for your­self why so many love the sport of rac­ing.

There’s an ar­ray of prizes for the best dressed ladies, some live mu­sic to tap your toes to, and for those new to rac­ing, a be­hind the scenes tour an hour be­fore the first. Who doesn’t need an ex­cuse to wear that beau­ti­ful coat that is more of­ten than not con­signed to the back of the wardrobe? Pre­book a pair of Grandstand and Pad­dock tick­ets for just £15 and make it a date!

For the men­folk - who are of course wel­come on 10 Feb­ru­ary - there’s Gen­tle­man’s Day in sup­port of Army Fam­i­lies on Sun­day, 24 March. Prizes for the best dressed men are just a tiny part of this all-en­com­pass­ing race­day when the course will show­case the Army with an ar­ray of free ac­tiv­i­ties. There’s a chance to watch the renowned 6 Ri­fles Sala­manca Band and Bu­gles and grab a selfie too, get cov­ered in cam­ou­flage paint, climb the wall in be­tween the rac­ing, and much more be­sides.

This is a day to cel­e­brate the race­course’s close as­so­ci­a­tion with the Army and we’ll be us­ing the hash­tag #Army­a­tex­eter in the build-up to this fab­u­lous new race­day.

Devon’s very own Grand Na­tional – the Devon Na­tional - is on Fri­day, 22 Feb­ru­ary and with pre-booked tick­ets Grandstand and Pad­dock tick­ets just £5 each for groups of ten or more, grab your friends and have a day out.

This race at­tracts some of Bri­tain’s best loved chasers along­side a sup­port­ing card tai­lor made for rac­ing’s ris­ing stars.

In March, there’s no other sport than rac­ing and with all the talk about the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val, where bet­ter to join in than at your lo­cal race­course on 5 March?

Grab a race­card, strike up a con­ver­sa­tion, and learn who your ac­quain­tance has the hots for at The Fes­ti­val. With rac­ing about to hit ev­ery head­line, it’s also the per­fect time to book a hos­pi­tal­ity suite and en­ter­tain, whether its clients, friends or your em­ploy­ees. Dur­ing March, there’s no other sport than rac­ing. Jump on the band­wagon at Ex­eter!

Our first ever Prop­erty and Con­struc­tion Race­day is on 18 March and there’s 25 per cent off in the Desert Or­chid Restau­rant. Get the best seats in the house and en­joy a day at the races. For all the fix­tures and ticket de­tails for 2019 see the­jock­ey­club.co.uk/ex­eter

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