Newton Abbot Racecourse celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016, whilst the course sits on the bank of the River Teign in the parishes of Teigngrace and Kingsteignton, which are located just outside Newton Abbot in the beautiful county of Devon.
Today, Newton Abbot Racecourse stages around 19 meetings each year, with the season starting in April and ending in October. Amongst its most popular meetings is the St Austell Brewery Ladies’ Day in June, whilst famous horses to have run at the course in recent seasons include Betfair Chase winner Snoopy Loopy and Handon Gold Cup winner Ashley Brook.
The course also facilitates a lot of corporate and private functions, including weddings. Meanwhile, it is also renowned for its antique fairs and car boot sales.
Below are some key facts about the Newton Abbot racecourse:
Course Type: Jumps
Current Owner: Newton Abbot Racing Limited
Newton Abbot Racecourse resembles something between a square and an oval, which makes the left-handed bends very sharp in nature, whilst the track itself is pretty flat. This means the course tends to suit speedy types that can race handily and quicken off a good pace. Those in front at the last hurdle, more often than not, benefit from there being a shorter than average run-in. Horses that have learned to race on the flat before becoming hurdlers often go well here. However, you can’t away with just being quick on the chase course, as the fences take some jumping at the pace chases tend to be run at here. Therefore, avoid betting on dodgy jumpers as they tend to give away too much ground at the obstacles, and it’s very difficult to make that ground up.
The speedy nature of racing at Newton Abbot Racecourse tends to make watching racing here quite exciting, despite the racing not being of the high standards of some of the UK’s premier national hunt tracks. However, the course does stage two notable races.
The first of those is the Devondale Electrical Novices’ Chase, a race that has been won by useful types such as Diego Du Charmil and Frodon, with the latter going on to win several high-class races.
Another high-class novice’s chase, that was named the Racegoers Club 50th Anniversary Novices’ Chase in 2018, was won by Beat That.
A relaxed atmosphere is at the heart of horse racing at Newton Abbot and this is very much reflected in the course’s dress code. If you’re thinking of enjoying a meal in the on-course restaurants, the dress code is smart casual. However, you will not be admitted wearing ripped jeans, sportswear, t-shirts, or shorts.
However, shorts are permitted in both the Paddock and Course Enclosures, though racegoers wearing a vest or without a top will not be permitted. As a big part of Newton Abbot’s fixture list takes place in Summer, one of the most important things you should consider wearing is sun cream, as it’s easy to get sunburn in the Devon sunshine.
The Queen Mother opened the main grandstand in 1969.
Greyhound Racing also took place at Newton Abbot Racecourse until 2005.
A 17,500 strong crowd celebrated the end of World War II here in 1945 on August Bank Holiday.
The Racecourse, Newton Abbot, Newton Road, Devon, TQ12 3AF