Haydock racecourse is especially unique due to the fact that it is located in a parkland area. It is also bounded by two important towns - Ashton-in-Makerfield to the north, Golborne to the east and Newton-le-Willows to the south. Its setting between these influential towns is among the main factors that have contributed to Haydock’s progressively burgeoning status as a leading horse sporting and conferencing centre.
The racecourse area was initially used for Hare coursing in the early 1880s before it was later converted into grounds for horse racing purposes. However, the place was formally opened for horse racing in 1899. After this, it underwent a transformative chain of redesigning which marked the facility’s long journey to its present glamorous appeal.
Haydock’s series of key structural developments were ably overseen by men of notable zeal and skill, chief among them being Sydney Sandon, who takes the biggest credit for spearheading the architectural changes of the early 20th century. Mr Sandon served as the course secretary for a few years, at which post he shepherded some grand restructuring projects at the sporting amenity. Later into the 20th Century, he again served as the racecourse’s managing chairman and continued the major projects that had been flagged off during his successful tenure as secretary.
Haydock Racecourse has a famously flat course that endears it to thousands of racegoers and trainers from all over the United Kingdom. Again, the left-handed oval track measures about one mile and five furlongs – obviously not one the longest racecourses in the country. While the racecourse is generally flat, it develops a slight rise toward the run-in. Moreover, an extension of the course enables sprints of up to six furlongs to be run on the straight course. The horse riding grounds provide courses for both National Hunt events and flat racing competitions.
Furthermore, Haydock features exquisite hospitality services that are not found in some other racing sites in the United Kingdom. These matchless facilities include top class bars that offer both soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. However, entrants to the Haydock drinking rooms are usually requested to present their badges and other entry requirements before they are allowed in. Again, pets such as dogs are not allowed into the drinking are unless they are guide pets. The champagne bar at Haydock is particularly popular with patrons, racegoers, and keen clubbers from the entire Merseyside area.
Some of the magnificent dining and accommodation facilities at the racecourse include Kauto Star Restaurant which offers unbeatable quality services. With an informal dining environment and friendly caterers, one can book a place at the trendy hotel for as little as £75. Other regularly frequented restaurants and hotels at Haydock include Harry’s Bistro and the Parke Suite Restaurant. Just like Kauto, these catering centres offer a variety of drinks and scrumptious cuisines that meet every guest’s individual tastes.
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Contact details: Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, WA12 0HQ
Tel: 0344 579 3006