Haydock racecourse is a thoroughbred racing track located in Haydock, England. It is owned and managed by the Jockey Club Racecourse, and is well known for hosting flat and National Hunt races. Being situated in the middle of three towns, the racecourse is easily accessible to many people. The racecourse has been a venue for horse racing for many years now, with the current venue being functional since 1899. Sydney Sandon was the one who oversaw its early developments in the early 20th century, being both the secretary and managing director of the course. It has been voted for as the racecourse of the year for two consecutive times.
According to historians, Haydock was more than just a racecourse. It was a venue for parties and musical entertainment, attracting a wider range of audience other than just race-goers. The racecourse had been functional since it was opened up in 1899, but was closed down during the World War Two. It was used as a station for invading
Europe after the American infantry divisions were stationed in the racecourse.
Today, the left-handed oval track hosts a significant number of fixtures annually. The most notable races held there include; the Altcar Novices’ Chase, Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle and Marsh Chase. The Altcar Novices’ is scheduled to take place every January, and takes in horses five years and above. It takes place over 4,099 metres with the horses jumping over a total of 17 fences. Rossington Hurdle is a Grade 2 race scheduled for every January just like the Altcar. It first took place in 1971 at Doncaster racecourse. The race is open to horses aged four years and above. The Marsh Chase is run over 5,144 metres, making it the longest of the three races. It is open only to horses aged five years and above. The racecourse has a wide range of hospitality services guaranteeing a comfortable stay to the racegoers.