Haydock Park is one of the most famous dual-purpose venues in the country. Its Flat course is a Group 1 venue, hosting the Sprint Cup in September.
Haydock is left-handed, turf, mostly flat and approximately 1m5f around. While mostly level, it can be very hard to get home at Haydock when the rain comes.
There are races on the straight over five and six furlongs, with everything else being on the round course which leads to the home straight of around 4½ furlongs in length.
Haydock Course Draw Bias Overview
The track here is described as galloping, suiting longer-striding horses.
It can be hard to peg good front-runners back around Haydock, though they need to stay every yard of the trip on soft ground.
In fact, a fairly big pace bias exists here on better ground with the draw to be kept in mind along with that.
5 Furlongs at Haydock
Stats over both five and six furlongs are similar as regards the draw. The numbers tell us that it is better where possible to be drawn high, that is nearer the stands side rail. This could be down to the quickness of the ground or other factors, but always keep an eye on where the stalls are positioned.
6 Furlongs at Haydock
The Haydock Sprint Cup draw bias is similar to that of the handicaps held here. Over the straight six furlongs, the stands side is usually the place to be where possible. That suits those drawn high.
It can be a very big advantage at times, but remember the pace angle here. If a horse in theory looks set to dominate the pace but is drawn low, they may end up out of the wing and have their advantage eroded.
As long as your horse is unlikely to be left behind at the start, a high draw could be the final piece of the betting puzzle here.
7 Furlongs at Haydock
Both the Spring Trophy and the John of Gaunt Stakes are run over this trip. They won’t always attract big fields, but the draw can still play a part as well as the expected pace.
Given the bends involved at Haydock, low numbers appear best over seven furlongs. Runners over seven furlongs only have around a furlong to run before hitting the first bend, meaning those drawn on the inner (low numbers) are likely to get into position easier and take an advantage heading into the home straight.
1 Mile at Haydock
A furlong is a long way in horse racing. The stats, quite surprisingly, tell us that the low draw advantage over seven furlongs is eroded over the mile.
That may well be because with a quarter of a mile to run to the first bend, those drawn wider have a much better chance of getting into position. From there, it’s all about staying in position going into the straight where, in good weather and on fast ground at least, it is hard for the others to get past.
Longer Distances at Haydock
Haydock also has starting points for 1m 2f, 1m 4f, 1m 6f and 2m. As you can imaging, the draw bias at these distances is pretty non-existent.
The pace angle remains and in fact front-runners can do even better on good ground here at longer trips. Leading from the front in staying races means not going too hard early, with those handy types often having plenty in the tank for the home straight.