Haydock Course Guide

Situated on Merseyside halfway between Liverpool and Manchester, Haydock Park is one of the most popular courses in the country in terms of attendance. Although the turns are tight, the long steady straights mean that the course is considered one of the fairest in the country.

On the flat the highlight is the Haydock Sprint Cup, a Group 1 sprint over six furlongs that is run in early September. Other important flat races staged earlier in the summer include the Temple Stakes, Lancashire Oaks and the Rose of Lancaster Stakes.

The course also hosts high-quality National Hunt racing over the winter, when the jewel in the crown is the Grade 1 Betfair Chase run over three miles in November. The race often serves as the first clash between the established top chasers and younger horses in their second season over fences; its status is underlined by a roll of honour that includes Kauto Star, Imperial Commander, Cue Card and Silviniaco Conti.


Left handed, flat. Oval-shaped, about thirteen furlongs round, with a run-in of four and a half furlongs which rises throughout. Runners in races of seven furlongs and further tend to stick towards the far rail in the straight, though often switch nearer the stand side when the ground is testing. A good position when turning in is often important regardless of the ground. Sprints take place on the straight six-furlong course, with runners usually racing down the centre of the track. Good or firmer conditions tend to place the emphasis on speed, with those ridden prominently favoured.

Haydock is a lovely galloping track and on fast ground, despite the long straight, you can get away from your field and prove very hard to peg back. It’s completely different when conditions are softer, though, requiring more patient tactics. In distance races, there’s an advantage to be had in the back straight by switching sides as the course turns. There used to be a huge bias in favour of the stands’ rail in soft ground and, while it’s less pronounced these days, I’m still a believer in taking that route.

View from the saddle: Jason Weaver

Left handed, flat. Conditions are often gruelling during winter, placing emphasis on stamina. Conversely, conditions at the Swinton Meeting in May usually place the emphasis on speed, with a tendency to favour those ridden prominently as a result. Formerly held an undeserved reputation as one of the hardest courses to jump around, something not backed up by statistics, and more recent evidence suggests its portable fences provide little in the way of a jumping test. Since the 2013/14 season chases have been run on the outer Flat course rather than on their traditional track.

It’s a very different course since they changed the configuration. They’ve made it a lot easier, nothing like as testing, except when the ground is soft. It’s certainly not as stiff as it used to be, but it’s still tough for a novice, because the fences perhaps don’t ride quite as well as they used to. On the whole, however, it’s a very fair course, and a good test, though when the ground’s quick it can feel a bit like a go-kart track. Times on a firm surface can be very fast.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
Advance Going
No current information
Current Weather

Forecast: Sunny
Temp: 10.4° - 20.1°
Rainfall: none
Wind: 8.5 mph SE

Mostly sunny

Forecast: Mostly sunny
Temp: 14.7° - 22.3°
Rainfall: none
Wind: 9.1 mph SE

Last Update: 20/09/2019 12:00

Upcoming races
13:50 Better Odds On The Betfair Exchange Handicap
1m 6f | Class 2 | 3YO only | 12 ran
  • Winner: Ranch Hand 14/1
  • Jockey: Oisin Murphy Trainer: A M Balding
  • Owner: Kingsclere Racing Club
14:25 Bet In Play On The Betfair Exchange Superior Mile
Group 3
1m | Class 1 | 3YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Great Scot 7/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: R Kingscote Trainer: Tom Dascombe
  • Owner: Empire State Racing Partnership
15:00 Read Ryan Moore Exclusively At betfair.Com Ascendant Stakes
Listed | 1m | Class 1 | 2YO only | 8 ran
  • Winner: Pyledriver 14/1
  • Jockey: P J McDonald Trainer: W R Muir
  • Owner: Knox & Wells Limited And Mr R W Devlin
15:35 Betfair Exchange Old Borough Cup Handicap
1m 6f | Class 2 | 3YO plus | 16 ran
  • Winner: Time To Study 7/1
  • Jockey: Cieren Fallon Trainer: Ian Williams
  • Owner: Mr K Sohi
16:10 Betfair Sprint Cup Stakes
Group 1 | British Champions Series
6f | Class 1 | 3YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Hello Youmzain 9/2 CFav
  • Jockey: James Doyle Trainer: K A Ryan
  • Owner: Mr Jaber Abdullah
16:45 Betfair Exchange Be Friendly Handicap
5f | Class 2 | 3YO plus | 8 ran
  • Winner: Maygold 4/1 J2Fav
  • Jockey: L P Keniry Trainer: Ed Walker
  • Owner: Farleigh Racing
17:20 Betfair Each Way Edge Handicap
1m | Class 4 | 3YO plus | 17 ran
  • Winner: Time For A Toot 14/1
  • Jockey: Jim Crowley Trainer: C Hills
  • Owner: Mr P Winkworth

Address & Contact

Haydock Park Racecourse
WA12 0HQ
01942 725963

Get Directions

Enter starting postcode or just click Go to use your current location.

Existing User?

Forgot your password?

New User?

Sign up using our simple one-page form and you'll be able to access free video form, tips and exclusive content straight away.