Welcome to our official guide to Newton Abbot Racecourse. In this section we explore this small racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the track, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!
- 1 Overview of Newton Abbot
- 2 Racecourse History
- 3 Newton Abbot Racecourse Map
- 4 Main Races and Events Held at The Course
- 5 Official Racecourse Address
- 6 How To Get To Newton Abbot Racecourse
- 7 Hotels near Newton Abbot Racecourse
- 8 Best Newton Abbot Races Betting Sites
- 9 Betting Shops Local to Newton Abbot Racecourse
- 10 Current Newton Abbot Weather
- 11 Other Events Held at The Course
- 12 Summary of The Racecourse
- 13 Other Racecourses in the UK and Ireland
Overview of Newton Abbot
Newton Abbot Racecourse is just a few kilometres from the town of Newton Abbot and the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. The course was for many years, dual-use – housing both horseracing and greyhound racing.
It is now a jumps horseracing course, situated just a few miles down the road from Exeter Racecourse. It sits on the banks of the River Teign, and whilst comparatively small to its neighbour course, remains a popular destination for racegoers and trainers alike.
The track itself is left-handed and tight, favouring handy racers. It is oval-shaped of about one mile, one furlong, and is considered fairly easy to race – with seven non-challenging fences and a short run-in to the finish. Horses who have previously flat raced often do well here.
It houses all of the hospitality facilities you’d expect to find at a mainstream course, and works on a programme of rolling development every winter, so fans can return to find better and newer amenities every year they visit.
The course remains independently owned, and its two restaurants; The Winning Post and The Paddock are well-reputed locally.
Ever competitive with Exeter, just 10 miles up the road, the course acts as a business and conferencing centre for companies locally, and has diversified into the hosting of several different event types throughout the year.
The racecourse was founded back in 1866 when local horseracing fans pooled their money together to buy the 91-acre site as somewhere to host races. The venue quickly grew popular and was well-attended almost immediately, but a lack of further investment meant that a proper grandstand to house spectators was not built on the site until 1969, when Her Majesty The Queen Mother attended to officially open one.
Racing has been halted three times at Newton Abbot Racecourse – during World War I, when it was occupied by troops and used as a prisoner-of-war camp; during World War II, when racing was suspended to allow for the potential occupation of the site (although this never materialised); and in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic closed the venue, although racing resumed behind closed doors after several months.
In 1974, the nearby Halfway Greyhound Track at Kingskerswell closed, when the land was sold for redevelopment. A new greyhound racing track was constructed in the final turn at the track designed to be de-constructed and removed whenever horseracing took place. The all-sand greyhound track too stayed independent, earning it the nickname ‘in the biz’ as a ‘flapping track’. At its peak, it was famous for hosting local races the Newton Abbot Derby and the Newton Abbot St Leger, with five local independent bookmakers present to manage the betting activities of racegoers. However, the greyhound track was not set for long-term success, and it closed its doors for the final time back in 2005.
The hospitality and conferencing facilities so popular at the racecourse today were opened in 1990, allowing the venue a diversification in business and opening new income streams.
Newton Abbot Racecourse Map
The course is left handed with tight turns. This means it favours more handy horses ridden up the pace. Fences are easy and a very short run-in on hurdles course means the lead very rarely changes hands after jumping the final flight.
Main Races and Events Held at The Course
The most notable race held at Newton Abbot Racecourse is undoubtedly the Lord Mildmay Memorial Handicap Chase. Held every August, the race is run over two miles and five and a half furlongs. It is considered the epitome of summer racing at Newton Abbot, and has held listed status in the horseracing calendar since 2008.
The most successful horse at the Lord Mildmay Memorial Handicap Chase is Kings Brook, having won twice; although notably Take The Stand won in 2004 and went on to finish second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup later that season. Successful too was Snoopy Loopy, trained by Peter Bowen in 2008, who continued on to win the Haydock Grade 1 Betfair Lancashire Chase.
Official Racecourse Address
Newton Abbot Racecourse
How To Get To Newton Abbot Racecourse
- By car – a short drive and well signposted from the M5, with free parking available to accommodate up to 5,000 vehicles. Details for your sat nav – Devon TQ12 3AF
- By rail – the rail station sits on the mainline from London Paddington and is less than three-quarters of a mile from the course – a short journey that most racegoers arriving by train choose to walk.
- By bus – bus routes are largely rural, but the town of Newton Abbot itself is well serviced by bus.
- By air – helicopters can land at Newton Abbot Racecourse by prior arrangement.
Hotels near Newton Abbot Racecourse
The nearest hotel to the course is the Premier Inn Newton Abbot, a straightforward and non-fuss budget accommodation option. In the surrounding area, other options include The Passage House Hotel, Best Western Queens Hotel and The Union Inn. Newton Abbot isn’t huge, so many racegoers travelling stay in nearby Exeter. For the best rates and deals visit Bookinng.com
Best Newton Abbot Races Betting Sites
At British Racecourses we often recommend betting online and via apps. This is because you can often get the best odds, great offers when signing up and you can place bets quickly and safely without having to queue.
If you are looking to bet online we recommend the following great deals with some amazing offers for new customers:
Betting Shops Local to Newton Abbot Racecourse
All of the usual betting options are available although the phone service can be patchy, so if online betting is your preference, it’s often better to do this in advance. Tote betting is particularly popular at the racecourse, and the course frequently lists heavy income from this form of having a ‘flutter’! Branches of William Hill, Ladbrokes and Betfred can all be found in Newton Abbot town centre.
Current Newton Abbot Weather
Punters and race-goers love to keep up with the weather to predict going conditions, as well as making sure what they wear is suitable. Here’s the current weather forecast for Newton Abbot:
NEWTON ABBOT WEATHER
Other Events Held at The Course
The racecourse is anything but a one-trick pony! As well as a packed racing calendar, it hosts weekly car boot sales, regular antique fairs, The Newton Abbot Country Show, The Newton Abbot Wellbeing Show and The South West Angling Show – all of which attract visitors from the local area and further afield
Summary of The Racecourse
A small rural course it is always a great day out. Whilst the racing may not technically be of the highest quality it is always competitive and a great day out for family and friends, as well as those in the know. A popular and independent course we love spending an afternoon here. It also has great food options. A little star.
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