Haydock Park is one of the most important race tracks in the north of England as it plays host to both National Hunt and flat racing. The facilities at Haydock have ben improved greatly in recent years which has ensured it has remained a vital venue for racing during the National Hunt season. There are a number of big races at the track each season along with a variety of other events including music concerts and charity events which help to keep the stands busy.
When it comes to the winter, the biggest race run at Haydock is the Betfair Chase which has grown into a key trial for the Gold Cup at Cheltenham. The early season event has been won by some legendary chasers recently with the great Kauto Star right at the head of that list. Other big races include the Grand National Trial which is always a big race in February and the Rendlesham Hurdle which is run over 3m1f at the Merseyside track.