Haydock, halfway between Liverpool and Manchester, means different things to different people.
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For some, it was once a productive coal mining area. For few, it’s the home of the celebrated Haydock Male Voice Choir. For others, though, it’s all about Haydock Park.
The racecourse was built in 1898-9 on 127 acres of land granted by Lord Newton. A long left-handed oval of one mile and five furlongs, it’s the home of the prestigious Group One Sprint Cup.
The race was established in 1966, and was originally open to horses of all ages and was initially contested over a course that included sharp left-hand corner.
As well as flat races, it also stages jump racing events. It is one of 14 British racecourses managed by the Jockey Club.