Badges through the decades
First evidence of racing in the vicinity of Exeter.
Evidence of racing taking place at Haldon as early as this year.
Although there was evidence of horse racing taking place at Devon and Exeter before this date, this is seen as the start of racing at Exeter.
Sir Lawrence Palk becomes the owner of the racecourse and associated land, and later takes the title of Lord Haldon.
Lord Palmerston wins both the Silver Tureen and the Devonshire Stakes.
Devon and Exeter offer a very varied racecard which includes flat racing and hurdle racing; a 4 furlong sprint and a 1 mile 3 furlong hurdle race.
A National Hunt meeting takes place at the present course on 21st September 1898 and the Haldon Race Club is formed.
On the 3rd October Devon and Exeter celebrate its bi-centenary.
Horse racing is under threat when an application is made to stage motor racing at the course. Fortunately the application is refused.