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Bristo De Mai was a brilliant winner of the Betfair Chase in 2018
Bristo De Mai was a brilliant winner of the Betfair Chase in 2018

The Betfair Chase betting is always highly competitive and we have a top class field engaged once again this season with the best staying chasers in the UK clashing at Haydock Park on Saturday 23rd November. You can find the latest odds for the race below...

Haydock 15:00

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Betfair Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Lancashire Chase)

  • 5YO plus, 4 Runners
  • Chase, Turf
  • Winner £112,540, 2nd £42,400, 3rd £21,220, 4th £10,600, 5th £5,320, 6th £2,660, 7th £1,320, 8th £680
  • Distance 3m 1f 125y
  • Going Good to soft

Prediction:

  • 1st Lostintranslation silk Lostintranslation
  • 2nd Frodon silk Frodon
  • 3rd Bristol De Mai silk Bristol De Mai

Our Verdict

Bristol De Mai warrants plenty of respect as he bids to maintain his unbeaten record at the Merseyside track (four from four) and make it a hat-trick of victories in this race. Nigel Twiston-Davies' charge has a cracking first-time-out record and looks sure to give a good account, but he might just find the new kid on the block, LOSTINTRANSLATION, too hot to handle. His novice chase form from last season is top-class, rounding off with an impressive six-length victory in Grade 1 company at Aintree, and he was simply breathtaking when making a winning reappearance in the Colin Parker Memorial Chase at Carlisle 20 days ago. With that run under his belt, and the frightening potential of further progress, he is fancied to land the spoils. Frodon can build on his comeback effort at Aintree, where he was inconvenienced by a number of the fences being taken out, while Charlie Hall winner Ballyoptic will likely need others to falter to score.

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Course Winner
Distance Winner
Won Last Time Out
Ran Within 30 Days
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Runner
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  • Maroon and light blue diabolo, light blue sleeves, quartered cap
    1
    Ballyoptic
    • Sam Twiston-Davies
    • N A Twiston-Davies
    • 9 years, 11-7
    • Form: F6PF-11

    Has won four hurdle races, four chases and a point-to-point from 2m 3f to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 11-4 in a Grade 2 chase in the Group 2 bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby over 3m (soft) on his latest outing earlier this month, beating Elegant Escape by 4l. Has also won at Chepstow this season.

    Pointers:

    • Won Last Time Out
  • Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green and emerald green quartered cap
    2
    Bristol De Mai
    • D A Jacob
    • N A Twiston-Davies
    • 8 years, 11-7
    • Form: 32/1F34-

    Has won two hurdle races and eight chases from 2m to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to heavy. Finished 10l behind Kemboy when fourth of 6 at 7-2 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Betway Bowl Chase at Aintree over 3m 1f (good to soft) in April.

    Pointers:

    • Course winner
    • Distance Winner

    Tipped by:

    • The Scout - Daily Express
    • Robin Goodfellow - Daily Mail
    • POSTDATA
    • Steve Mason - RP Ratings
    • TOPSPEED
    • Marlborough - Telegraph
  • Royal blue, white chevron, hooped sleeves, white cap
    3
    Frodon
    • Miss B Frost
    • P F Nicholls
    • 7 years, 11-7
    • Form: 12111-3

    Has won two hurdle races and 11 chases from 1m 7f to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy. Third of 5 behind Forest Bihan beaten 15l at 11-4 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase in the Group 2 Virgin Bet Monet's Garden Old Roan Limited Handicap Chase at Aintree over 2m 4f (soft) last month.

    Pointers:

    • Course winner

    Naps:

    • Andrew Bladen - Wolverhampton Express & Star

    Tipped by:

    • Rob Wright - The Times
  • Yellow, dark blue braces
    4
    Lostintranslation
    • R M Power
    • C L Tizzard
    • 7 years, 11-7
    • Form: 31221-1

    He has won a hurdle race and three chases from 2m to 3m 1f on good to soft and soft ground. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 1-2fav at Carlisle over 2m 4f (soft) earlier this month, beating Count Meribel by 2 1/4l.

    Pointers:

    • Won Last Time Out

    Naps:

    • Garry Owen - Daily Record
    • Farringdon - Morning Star
    • Andy Morris - Shropshire Star
    • Rockavon - Sunday Mail
    • Glendale - The Scotsman

    Tipped by:

    • Newsboy - Daily Mirror
    • Garry Owen - Daily Record
    • Steve Boow - SPOTLIGHT
    • The Guardian
    • Jason Heavey - The Star
    • Templegate - The Sun

Betfair Chase Tips

It's slightly disappointing to only see four line up for one of the biggest Grade 1 races of the season, but it is at least a select field, headlined by Bristol De Mai and Lostintranslation. The latter is the new kid on the block, having graduated from novice company last season, and looks as though he has the ability to make up into a serious force in this division this term, but it would be foolish to go against Bristol De Mai, who is aiming for a hat-trick of wins in this race. He seems to be a completely different proposition at Haydock Park - his record reads 4-4 here - and it will take an almighty performance to topple him. Meanwhile, it would be no surprise should Frodon put in a bold showing under regular partner Bryony Frost, while the Charlie Hall Chase winner Ballyoptic would perhaps need more to figure in what's a bona fide top-class contest. 

Tip

15:00 Haydock
Bristol De Mai silk

Bristol De Mai

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What is the Betfair Chase?

The Betfair Chase is a Grade One race run over a trip of three miles and one furlong at Haydock Park each November and is open to horses aged five and over. 

The Betfair Chase is the first leg of the national hunt triple crown with any horse that wins the Haydock contest, the King George and the Gold Cup in the same season picking up a cool £1million dollars. The race is a big one its own right but does also act as a key stepping stone for the Cheltenham Gold Cup itself with the winner of the race likely to jump right towards the head of the ante-post betting for the big race at Prestbury Park in the spring.

What happened in the 2018 Betfair Chase?

A small field of just five runners were declared for the race last year but it was a high quality renewal with all five top class in their own right. I the end though we saw a clear cut win as Bristol De Mai once again showed his best form at Haydock to win the race for a second time on the bounce. The popular grey proved he didn't need soft ground to be at his best as he beat Gold Cup winner Native River into second place.

The history of the Betfair Chase

The Betfair Chase only has a short history, having first been run in 2005, but already it is a vital stop on the road to Cheltenhm as we get to see some of the best staying chasers in the country clash at Haydock Park.

Registered as the Lancashire Chase, the race was originally run over three miles but was extended slightly to allow the runners have a longer run towards the first bend. The race is often ued as the perfect prep for horses contesting the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day with the race in Lancashire coming a month before the Christmas spectacular.

The jockey Club £1million bonus has added an extra angle to the Betfair Chase having been re-introduced in 2015 meaning that any connections with half an eye on the money will of course enter their horse for Haydock.

Who is the most iconic winner of the Betfair Chase?

some legendary horses have won the Betfair Chase during its short history with Cue and Bristol De Mai just two of the excellent chasers to have picked up Grade One glory in Lancashire during their illustrious careers.

There is no doubt though that it is Kauto Star who is the most iconic winner of the race with the Paul Nicholls trained star winning it on less than four remarkable occasions. The two-time Gold Cup hero loved to stop off at Haydock on the way to King George glory during his career with his final success in the race at the age of eleven in 2011 one that will live long in the memory.

Are there any trials for the Betfair Chase?

The Betfair Chase comes early on in the season which means that often horses will be having their first run of the campaign in the race.

Having said that, the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby can be used as a prep for Haydock for trainers looking to get a run into their staying chasers with Ballyoprtic one example of a horse winning in Yorkshire before heading across the Pennines to Lancashire. Punters are well advised to look back at the race from the year before with multiple winners of the race common place with Cue Card, Bristol De Mai and Silviniaco Conti just three recent examples.

Who is the most successful jockey in the Betfair Chase?

The list of jockeys to have the Betfair Chase isn't a long one given the relatively new nature of the race but there are still some stellar names on the roll of honour. Top of the tree as things is stand is Ruby Walsh who win the race on Kauto Star in 2006, 2009, 2011 and Silviniaco Conti in 2012.

Who is the most successful trainer in the Betfair Chase?

Paul Nicholls has been a dominant figure in the jumps racing world over the past twenty years and that has certainly been the case in the Betfair Chase. The Ditcheat handler has won the race six times thanks to Kauto Star (2006, 2007, 2009 + 2011) and Silviniaco Conti (2012 + 2014) crossing the line first.

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