The racecourse at Haydock in Merseyside plays host to flat and National Hunt racing, the track is a left handed oval of 1 mile and 5 furlongs that has a slight rise in the five furlong run in.
The venue hosts 31 race days, key events are the totesport.com Grand National Trial (formerly the Gold Cup) in February which has seen several Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup Winners in its history. In flat racing a notable event is the Temple Stakes which transferred from Sandown Park in 2008 with leading horses from this going on to compete in the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot. There is also the Betfred Sprint Cup in September which attracts the best 6 furlong horses from across Europe.
There is a draw stall advantage for high numbers in races of 5 and 6 furlongs in duration when the ground is soft. In races where the runners go into double figures go for a low number if the ground is heavy.
Address: Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, WA12 0HQ.
Flat: Haydock is an oval of about 1 mile and 5 furlongs, the 6 furlong course being straight and nearly flat. There is a 4 furlong run-in with a gradual rise to the winning post.
Jumps: A left-hand, galloping chase course of one mile and five furlongs with ten stiff drop fences per circuit, three in the home straight. The run-in is two furlongs. The inner hurdles course is quite sharp with tight bends.
Road: On A49 Wigan road, M6(Jctn23). Parking: Free
Rail: 2m, Newton-le-Willows Stn (Manchester-Liverpool line). Warrington Bank Quay or Wigan Stns better from London Euston. Warning: The course is a good 45 minutes' walk from the station, but there is a bus service from Warrington Central
Air: 20m, Manchester International and Liverpool Speke Airports, light aircraft on course.