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Haydock Park boasts top-class facilities and is the north-west’s premier track. It stages both Flat and NH racing with more than 30 fixtures every year from January to December.The track is just one mile from Junction 23 of the M6 between Manchester and Liverpool. The nearest stations are Wigan or Warrington Bank Quay. Bus services operate from both on racedays. It is a left-handed course, around 1m4f in circumference, with a run from the final turn of just over half-a-mile. The straight is slightly uphill but the remainder of the galloping track is largely flat. Stamina can be at a premium when the going is soft. A high draw used to be an advantage over 5f and 6f but that is no longer the case.
The Betfred Sprint Cup is the feature of the Flat season. A Group 1 race run over 6f in September, it has been won by some top-class sprinters since its inception in 1966. Other contests run on the Lancashire track include the Lancashire Oaks, Old Newton Cup, Cecil Frail Stakes, John Of Gaunt Stakes and Temple Stakes. The latter having been switched from Sandown in recent year. The Old Newton Cup, run over 1m3f, is the track’s longest-standing race. Proven winning form over 1m2f is usually a pre-requisite for winners of this race and four and five-year-olds have the best record. Those nearer the top of the weights tends to do best.
Haydock is just one mile from Junction 23 of the M6 between Manchester and Liverpool. The nearest stations are Wigan or Warrington Bank Quay. Bus services operate from both on racedays.
William Haggas’ runners have a good record at Haydock and Tom Dascombe often introduces his better two-year-olds at the track. Michael Bell and Elaine Burke’s three-year-olds are also worth noting while Roger Charlton and Sir Michael Stoute’s older horses win their fair share of decent prize money.
HAYDOCK (NATIONAL HUNT)
The fences are among the stiffest in the country and a good test for novices and more experienced chasers. The Betfair Chase, Peter Marsh Chase and Rendlesham Hurdle are among several top-class national hunt races run over the winter, while the Swinton Hurdle attracts a big field and some smart handicappers at the end of the season. There are also important Champion Hurdle and Grand National Trials staged. The Swinton Hurdle is usually run on going that is good or faster and tends to be won by an ex-Flat type that has the speed to lie up with what is always a fast pace. The occasional four-year-old will have a run but really you want to concentrate on the 5-7 age bracket. Nine of the last 10 winners have had an official rating between 125 and 135.
Donald McCain’s runners have a good strike rate and Alan King’s chasers and bumper horses also do well, Charlie Longsdon’s hurdlers are worth noting too, while Nicky Henderson, Evan Williams, Lucinda Russell and Henry Daly are the trainers to follow in chases.
Wednesday 22nd March Results
Saturday 18th February Results
Saturday 21st January Results
Friday 30th December Results