The West Country’s top trainers are readying their horses for Exeter Racecourse’s first meeting of the new season on Thursday 11th October. It’s the first of 17 fixtures that will take place from October until May, and it will be all systems go as the winter Jump Racing season draws near.
Kayley Woollacott who is based on Exmoor, saddled her first ever winner as a fully licensed trainer at Exeter on the 8th April when The Kings Writ won the handicap chase. Kayley readily admits Exeter is her favourite course and said: “I love Exeter. It’s such a lovely track, and it attracts some excellent horses. It’s our local track, we always have a lot of friends there, and it’s a great place to start the season. It’s also very special to me as I trained by first winner there as a licensed trainer in April. We have about 20 horses in, and we’re looking forward to the season ahead, and with luck, we might have a runner for 11th October.”
Buckfastleigh legend Jimmy Frost has a close affinity with the course. He rode his last ever winner there on 5th March 2002 aboard Bohill Lad who was also his first winner as a trainer, his son Hadden, who is now based in Washington USA where he showjumps, cajoled home his first ever winner there several years ago and his daughter Bryony is the racecourse’s ambassador.
Jimmy said: “Exeter is an amazing part of my life. We’ve had a lot of great days there, and the racecourse keeps writing history and memories. I love the place and hope to have a few more winners there this season and a few glasses of champagne in the new owners and trainers bar. Hopefully, we’ll run Triple Chief on 11th October.”
Exmoor’s Jeremy Scott, who won the Frequent Runner award at this year’s The McCoys, which celebrates key performances at Jockey Club Jump Racecourses during the 2017 – 2018 season, said: “It’s great to be back racing again. We have a lovely team of nice young horses coming through and Exeter is a great track to start them off. If the ground is right, we should have runners for the 11th October fixture.”
The racecourse has undergone a facelift during the summer with a new Owners and Trainers room which is more than double its original size. There’s also a new bar that will open later in this season, giving additional undercover space from which to view the races, with close access to a new bar.
For further information, visit www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk