Haydock Park is one of the most used racecourses in the country, hosting approximately 32 racing days a year, with a mixture of Flat and Jump Racing.
Over the years, the Jockey Club-owned Haydock Park has become the home of some of the most popular races on the Northern racing circuit.
Guide To Haydock Park:
The principle races in calendar order are the Grand National Trial in February, The Temple Stakes in May, the Old Newton Cup and Lancashire Oaks in July, the Sprint Cup in September and the Betfair Chase in November.
If you enjoy looking at horse racing betting odds, these races have popular ante-post markets associated with them every single year.
Haydock Park - History:
The earliest record of racing taking place in the vicinity of Haydock was in 1751 on Golbourn Heath when the races were known as Newton Races. Regular Flat meetings were staged at Newton-le-Willows from 1807 until 1898, after which Haydock Park was launched. The Old Newton Cup is the last surviving link between the original course and the modern day Haydock Park.
The first ever two day National Hunt meeting was on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th February 1899.
In 1908 Sydney Sandon became the Secretary of Haydock Park Racecourse, and he began the process of firmly establishing the venue as one of the top tracks in the country. Sandon was that instrumental to the growth of Haydock Park in the early days that he served as its Course secretary, Chairman and Managing Director throughout Haydock’s infancy.
The course closed between 1939 and 1945 due to war, returning on Wednesday 14th August 1946.
In 1947 Sheila’s Cottage won a 3 ½ mile Chase at Haydock on Friday 28th November before going on to win the Grand National the following year.
The Lancashire Oaks, formerly contested at Manchester Racecourse, was transferred to Haydock in 1963.
In 1966 the Sprint Cup was introduced to the Haydock Flat programme and was won by Be Friendly owned by the late Sir Peter O’Sullevan. A statue to Be Friendly still graces the flowerbeds next to the Haydock paddock.
The new grandstand was opened in 1990, helping Haydock maintains its place as one of the top dual code racecourses in the country.
Haydock Park - The Course
The course at Haydock is pretty flat and is run left-handed. The one mile five furlong track features a small incline of four-and-a-half furlongs which can lend itself to a dramatic finish.
The flat races over five and six furlongs are straight, but longer races have a tight bend to negotiate.
The Steeplechase course also measures one mile five furlong and has a total of ten fences. At one time the obstacles at Haydock Park were second only to the Grand National course in terms of difficulty, but that is now debatable.
The hurdles course is slightly shorter than the full one mile five furlongs and has six flights to jump in total.
Haydock Races - Biggest Meetings:
Haydock is a particularly busy course during the summer months and there are plenty of top quality Flat meetings that take place outside of the most well known ones.
The Old Newton Cup, the Temple Stakes, Sandy Lane Stakes and the Lancashire Oaks are all Group 2 contests in their own right.
Aside from the Betfair Chase, Haydock is also the home of the Peter Marsh Chase, The Last Fling Chase, the Champion Hurdle Trial, the Grand National Trial and the Swinton Handicap Hurdle, worth a massive £100,000.
Haydock is also where the finale of the Challenger Series is held.
Betfair Chase 2020 - Haydock
The first Grade One Chase of the 2020/21 season in Great Britain, the £160,000 Betfair Chase, takes place at Haydock on Saturday, 21st November. The race is also the first leg of the National Hunt Triple Crown.
Staged over an extended three miles and one furlong, Haydock’s winter feature has attracted ten entries this year, with two of those coming from Paul Nicholls – the multiple winning Betfair Chase trainer.
Clan des Obeaux, who has won the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day for the past two years, and Topofthegame, winner of the RSA Novices’ Chase at The Festival in March 2019 will be popular picks in the online betting.
Last year’s victor Lostintranslation (Colin Tizzard) and Bristol de Mai (Nigel Twiston-Davies), who was triumphant in both 2017 and 2018 are both entered, while Santini, winner of the Cotswold Chase before finishing runner-up in the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival, also holds an engagement.
Lord du Mesnil (Richard Hobson) has something to find on the ratings but he is no stranger to winning at Haydock Park.
A Plus Tard (Henry de Bromhead) is the sole Irish-trained runner, while Bellshill (Sandy Thompson), successful in the Irish Gold Cup in 2019 for former trainer Willie Mulllins, Keeper Hill (Warren Greatrex) and Saint Calvados (Harry Whittington) make up the full compliment.
Current betting: 7/4 Lostintranslation, 2/1 Bristol de Mai, 3/1 Santini, 6/1 Clan des Obeaux. 16/1 A Plus Tard, 20/1 Saint Calvados, Topofthegame; 25/1 Bellshill, 33/1 Keeper Hill, 50/1 Lord du Mesnil.
Sprint Cup 2021 - Haydock
With only the first quarter of 2021 decided thus far in terms of the fixture list, one can only surmise that the Sprint Cup will take place once again on the first Saturday in September.
The 2020 renewal was won by the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Dream Of Dreams (5/2f) and it would come as no surprise to see him return to defend his title in 2021.
Haydock Races Tips:
You can find Haydock Park tips here at 888sport, as well as via one of the following: Jockey Club App, Racing Post, Liverpool Echo, St Helen’s Star, Mull It Over Blog.
Haydock Races Results Today:
Check the latest Haydock results via one of the following: Jockey Club App, Racing Post. Sportinglife, Racing TV, Attheraces.
Haydock Park Dress Code:
The County Enclosure encourages smart dress for both ladies and gentlemen. Haydock ask gentlemen to wear a buttoned collared shirt and smart trousers.
Jeans are allowed as long as they're not faded, distressed or ripped. Fancy dress, sportswear (including trainers) or swimwear is not permitted. Casual dress is permitted in all the other area of the site.
Haydock Park Tickets:
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*Credit for the main photo belongs to Mark Humphrey / AP Photo*