Haydock Park Racecourse

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Haydock Park
Haydock Park (Alexander P Kapp / geograph.org.uk)

Haydock Park is a racecourse located in Merseyside. Although there has been racing in the area for hundreds of years, the course on the current site wasn’t opened until 1899, as there was such a huge demand for a bigger site due to the growing popularity of the sport in the area around the turn of the century. Both flat and National Hunt races are run at Haydock each year, with a total of 32 race meetings taking place throughout 2014.

Haydock Park was awarded Racecourse of the Year in both 1998 and 2000 and among the facilities is a champagne bar to celebrate your big wins! It is a very easy course to access from all directions, situated just one mile from Junction 23 of the M6. The nearest station to Haydock Park is Newton-le-Willows, which is regularly serviced by trains from both Manchester and Liverpool, and with the station just three miles from the track it is easily reached on foot or by taxi. There are also regular bus services from Liverpool city centre.

Ticket Prices

Prices for entry into Haydock Park vary from £13 up to a maximum of £49, depending on what the meeting is and what day of the week it is. Those visiting that are under the age of 17 are allowed entry free of charge when accompanied by an adult paying full price.

The Course

Haydock Park Racecourse
Haydock Park Racecourse (Alexander P Kapp / geograph.org.uk)

The course at Haydock is mostly flat and is run left-handed. The oval shaped track is 1m5f in circumference with a steep uphill throughout the 4½f run in. That finish often helps provide great drama on an otherwise gentle course with gradual bends and few undulations. There is also a chute leading onto the home straight which would allow sprint races of up to 6f.

As well as the flat course, there is also a National Hunt course on the 127-acre site, with the steeplechase track also measuring at 1m5f. With a total of ten fences, only the obstacles in the Grand National are considered to be more testing than those at Haydock Park. The hurdles course is a tiny bit shorter coming in at just shy of 1m5f and has a total of six flights to jump, although in recent years National Hunt action has been reduced to maintain quality.

Major Meetings at Haydock Park

The Grandstand at Haydock Park
The Grandstand at Haydock Park (David Long / geograph.org.uk)

There are a number of prestigious races run each year at Haydock, which prove very popular with visitors and those watching on TV. In terms of flat races, the main race is the Dick Hern Fillies’ Stakes, which was run at Bath up until 2011. It is named after the horse trainer Dick Hern who tragically died in 2002. The one mile long race is run every August and was established in 2009.

The other major flat races at Haydock are the Haydock Sprint Cup (established 1966) and the Lancashire Oaks (established 1939), which measure at 6f and 1m3f respectively. The major jump races are the Betfair Chase and the Champion Hurdle Trial. The Chase is run over three miles every September and was first run in 2005, whilst the Hurdle Trial was established in 1988 and is run over two miles every January.

Dining and Hospitality

Hospitality packages at Haydock can cater for up to 400 guests, whilst the facilities are also available off-season to host private parties, conferences and weddings. On race days prices for boxes start from £275 + VAT per person, whilst for stag and hen parties the facilities are priced from £102 per head. There are a good variety of dining options to suit various budgets and the food has a good reputation.


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