Horse Racing

Haydock Racecourse Betting Guide 2023

Twice awarded the title of ‘Racecourse of the Year’ Haydock Park racecourse, situated in Merseyside, is a massively popular race track which stages both flat and jumps racing throughout the year.

Haydock Park races over 30 days every year and the track is in the top echelon of British racecourses.

Haydock Park’s top races are the Group 1 Haydock Sprint in September and the Grade 1 Betfair Chase for jumpers in November. Both are massive Haydock betting events and are very popular with ante-post players and recreational Saturday afternoon punters.

Haydock Free Bets & Betting Offers

Betfair has a close relationship with Haydock Park sponsoring many of its high-profile contests including the Betfair Chase which is only behind the Cheltenham Gold Cup and King George in status in jumps racing. You can rely on Betfair to have some pretty decent Haydock Park betting offers to coincide with their key races.

But as this is a ‘Saturday track’ featuring live ITV coverage, bookmakers are never stingy with their free bet offers, bet bonuses and odds boosts amongst good and fair Haydock betting odds.

As the track attracts huge crowds you can also expect to see the Tote pools bulging – they can be bet into directly via many leading online bookmaker sites such as William Hill and Coral.

Haydock Racecourse Layout & Info

For the most part the Haydock Park course is flat with only a very slight rise in the closing furlongs. This is a sizable course, a galloping track, one-mile five-furlongs in circumference, which is raced anticlockwise (left-handed).

For flat racers there is a chute which allows for flat races of up to six furlongs to be run on a straight course. There is a smaller chute for one-mile three-furlong contests.

In flat races using the bends (seven furlongs or longer) jockeys normally stick towards the far rail but often switch nearer side of the track when the ground is testing.

Notably sprinters normally race down the centre of the track and the stats only show a small draw bias just favouring horses who are housed middle-to-high. Haydock race odds are rarely affected by the draw.

During the national hunt season the course is notorious for handling lots of rain so it rarely runs ‘heavy’ but its fences are also renowned for being stiff and unforgiving, plus some have a drop on the landing side. If you receive any Haydock tips today, make sure your horse is a good jumper!

Watch Haydock Races Online

Haydock Park is unquestionably one of the UK’s top racecourses and it stages a long list of Group (for flat racers) and Graded contests (for jumpers) throughout the year.

In addition to the Group 1 Haydock Sprint in September and Grade 1 Betfair Chase in November the track is home to an additional nine Group and Grade 2 races and seven Group/Grade 3 contests.

Notable Group 2 races

  • May – Temple Stakes
  • May / June – Sandy Lane Stakes
  • July – The Old Newton Cup
  • July – Lancashire Oaks

Notable Group 3 races

  • May / June – Pinnacle Stakes
  • May / June – John of Gaunt Stakes
  • August – Rose of Lancaster Stakes

Notable Grade 2 races

  • January – Peter Marsh Chase
  • January – Champion Hurdle Trial
  • February – Rendlesham Hurdle

Notable Grade 3 races

  • February – Grand National Trial
  • May – £100,000 Swinton Handicap Hurdle
  • November – Betfair Stayers Handicap Hurdle

Haydock Horse Racing Betting Tips

The Betfair Chase is the first leg of the prestigious £1 million Chase Triple Crown that also includes the King George at Kempton and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. As it has been won by some of the ‘recent greats’ such as Cue Card and the legendary Kauto Star one of the best Haydock racing tips is to follow the winner of this and the Champion Hurdle trial throughout the remainder of the national hunt season.

You will get most of your Haydock tips on Saturday’s as this is the day all of its major races are run. But this also means there are plenty of Haydock betting odds available via ante-post betting markets on feature Haydock Park races throughout the year.

Haydock Park Trainers & Jockeys

On the flat local trainer Tom Dascombe and his stable jockey Richard Kingscote have had more winners at the track over the past five years than any other trainer/jockey.

Nigel Twiston-Davies and Danny Cook are the leading trainer and jockey combo over jumps.

Sir Mark Prescott has an exceptional strike rate with the few horses he runs at the course.

Haydock Park Favourites

Haydock horse racing tips which feature a favourite in a three-year-old maiden or three-year-old handicap should be taken very seriously as these races are the most successful for favourites.

Haydock Park Winning Distances

You will find Haydock horse odds on most markets, including place only and winning distances. The results here indicate this is not a track for outrageous results with a tactic of racing up with the pace the most successful.

But across both codes of racing, more winners succeed by a distance of 3-lengths or more than a lesser margin. So consider this when betting on winnings distances.