Haydock in line for top award

Haydock Park general manager Jason Fildes
Haydock Park general manager Jason Fildes
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HAYDOCK Park is going for gold after the North West track was shortlisted for racecourse of the year.

The Racehorse Owners’ Association have unveiled the dozen courses that will hold gold standard status for 2016 and Haydock has been chosen as one of the six of the best large track venues alongside Ascot, Ayr, Chester, Newmarket and York.

Representatives from the Racecourse Owners’ Association visited all 60 of Britain’s courses at least once between January and October to assess every aspect of an owner’s day out. In addition, feedback was provided by hundreds of race fans following visits to the track.

Haydock Park’s general manager Jason Fildes, who lives in the Ribble Valley, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted, it is a great honour for Haydock Park to be recognised in this way.

“Haydock is a friendly and welcoming course, always looking after our owners and connections.”

One racecourse from each section will be named as their category’s racecourse of the year at the annual ROA Horseracing Awards in London next month.

Meanwhile, Fildes added that it had proved a vintage year for the track, with a bumper 153,169 fans clicking through the Haydock Park turnstiles for the 23 Flat Turf meetings between April and October.

He said: “The attendances were well up on last year and that’s great credit to all the hard work that everybody has put in, and our hugely successful concerts featuring Kylie Minogue, Madness and Kaiser Chiefs.”

Haydock returns to action this month with the Betfair Chase Weekend. The two-day fixture is set to attract some of the biggest name hurdlers in the land on November 20 /21.

Two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star became a Haydock Park legend, winning the Betfair Chase on four occasions in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

For tickets phone 0344 579 3006 or haydock.thejockeyclub.co.uk.