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Curtain comes down on Haydock Park's flat racing season
3:06pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
The curtain comes down on the Flat racing season at Haydock Park on Friday.
It has been a vintage year in which the racecourse has attracted stars from all corners of Britain and overseas.
The richest race – the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup - went to Ireland and Gordon Lord Byron, while the Group 3 Timeform Jury Stakes was won by German raider Amarillo.
Other major prizes, such as the bet365-sponsored Group 2 Lancashire Oaks and the racecourse’s most historic race, the Old Newton Cup, stayed at home - with victories for Emirates Queen and Star Lahib respectively. The popular sprinter Kingsgate Native triumphed in the Group 2 Betfred Temple Stakes.
Garry Fortune, General Manager, of Haydock Park Racecourse, said: “It’s been a fantastically thrilling spring and summer of Flat racing, attracting big crowds, not least for our music night with Madness in July which saw a modern-day record attendance of over 19,000.
“On Friday we reach our finale on the Flat, but we are already beginning to sense the excitement as we look forward to the jump racing season, including the Betfair Chase Weekend which is next up - on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 November.”
Racing starts at 2.20pm on the Friday. Six of the seven races are sponsored by ApolloBet, while MH Construction sponsors the penultimate contest.
Advance tickets: Tattersalls/Newton combined enclosure £11.70 (£13 on the day); County £21.60 (£24); and Premier £32.40 (£36).
Accompanied children aged 17 and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets can be bought online at www.haydock-park.co.uk and by telephone on 0844 579 3006. Meanwhile, it has been announced that Haydock Park will stage 32 racing fixtures in 2014 – eight over jumps, 23 on the Flat and one mixed.