Haydock Racecourse is located in the North West of England, between Liverpool and Manchester. The current racecourse opened in 1889 and it hosts the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup every September, as well as the Grade 1 Betfair Chase every November. One of the most used turf racecourses in the UK, it has 32 days of racing per year and with four grandstands, it boasts an excellent attendance record.
Haydock Betting Tips
The jump course at Haydock Park is an elongated oval, with two lengthy straights (one with a slight kink) and two long bends at the end. The home straight is nearly 4 furlongs in length with a number of obstacles in quick succession. Despite the simple layout, it’s not the fastest track, suggesting it is still quite stiff. The layout means it’s a fair track and there’s more give in the portable chase fences than at many other tracks. This allows novices to get away with more mistakes.
The flat course is also used for chases, making the jump and flat course overviews very similar. There is an extra chute allowing for straight 5 and 6 furlong races to be run down the home straight. Most runners stick to the middle of the course or the stand side, depending on the ground.
Haydock Draw Bias
Traditionally, the draw bias at Haydock races has been most pronounced on the straight course – that is, races over 5 and 6 furlongs. A high draw allows horses to race on the stands side rail, which is less affected by rain and therefore provides a natural advantage. For longer races, the key to the track seems to be to have a good position when turning in to the home straight.
Haydock Betting Trends
Daryl Jacob has been the man to follow on the jumps course at Haydock races in the last five seasons. His 30 rides have provided ten winners – an impressive 33% strike rate – for a +£20 level stakes profit. Regular track jockey Brian Hughes (who has 87 rides in comparison) has a strike rate of just 9%. Last season (2015/2016) Dan Skelton had an impressive 31% strike rate (five winners from 16 runners) for an +£8 profit to £1 stakes, suggesting his shorter prices were running well here.
On the flat, Tom Dascombe has an eye catching +£97 level stakes profit in the last five seasons alone. 52 winners from 283 runners include 15 winners in the 2016 season. However, it’s worth noting that the majority of the five seasons profit (£77 in total) came in that single calendar year. Richard Kingscote profited from his relationship with Dascombe, also riding 15 winners in 2016, making them a combination to bear in mind when selecting your Haydock tips.
Haydock Feature Races
- Champion Hurdle Trial (Grade 2) (2m)
- Altcar Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (2m 4f 83y)
- Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m)
- Rendlesham Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m 7f)
- Prestige Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m 7f)
- Temple Stakes (Group 2) (5f)
- Sandy Lane Stake (Group 2) (6f)
- John Of Gaunt Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
- Pinnacle Stakes (Group 3) (1m 4f)
- Cecil Frail Stakes (Listed) (6f)
- Achilles Stakes (Listed) (5f)
- Spring Trophy Stakes (Listed) (7f)
- Lancashire Oaks (Group 2) (1m 4f)
- Rose of Lancaster Stakes (Group 3) (1m 2f 95y)
- Dick Hern Fillies’ Stakes (Listed) (1m)
- Haydock Sprint Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (6f)
- Superior Mile (Group 3) (1m)
- Ascendant Stakes (Listed) (1m)
- Betfair Chase (Lancashire Chase) (Grade 1) (3m)
- Newton Novices’ Hurdle (Listed) (1m 7f 144y)
- Abram Mares’ Novice Hurdle (Listed) (2m 3f)