About Newton Abbot Racecourse
Newton Abbot Racecourse is a racecourse just north of Newton Abbot, Devon. It’s around 8 miles north of Torquay, and 16 miles south of Exeter, the area’s two biggest regions.
Newton Abbot has a long history in racing, daying back to 1866. However, since then, Newton Abbot has upgraded itself twice. Once in 1969 with a brand new grandstand, and again in 1990 for corporate facilities. Despite this, Newton Abbot Racecourse is still one of the smallest venues in the country. It does have 18 fixture dates every year though.
Newton Abbot Racecourse only hosts Jimp racing events at its venue. The track is circular, runs left-handed, and covers a distance of about 1 mile. Newton Abbot has sharp turns on its course, which can make it quite tricky. The hurdles course, in particular, has challenging short run-ins.
If you plan to visit Newton Abbot Racecourse, do it in August. This is when the racecourse’s one notable race takes place every year. The race is called the Lord Mildmay Memorial Handicap Chase. It’s a class 1 race which runs over a distance of around 4.5km. The prize pool for this race isn’t too bad, either at £40k. So it does attract a few of the bigger names when it comes around.
As is the case with these smaller racecourses, a lot of the value comes from the surroundings. Newton Abbot Racecourse is in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. It gets some of the county’s best weather and has scenic views all around.
Moreover, Newton Abbot Racecourse has world-class facilities to match. There’s free entry for kids and students! There are picnic areas, fine-dining restaurants, and even a créche for young children! All in all Newton Abbot Racecourse offers a fantastic day out for the whole family!