Betfair Chase Tips: Destination to hand Nicholls seventh Haydock success

Betfair Chase Tips: Paul Nicholls can win the Haydock Grade 1 for a seventh time on Saturday.
Betfair Chase Tips: Paul Nicholls can win the Haydock Grade 1 for a seventh time on Saturday.

Henry De Bromhead's A Plus Tard is one of eight runners set to do battle in the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park on Saturday afternoon, and our in-house tipster Steve Chambers previews the race and picks out his best bet...

Last seen running an absolute stormer in defeat in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March behind stablemate Minella Indo, A Plus Tard will look to kick off his new campaign on a winning note and the Irish raider will be a red-hot favourite for the Grade 1 Betfair Chase, which is the feature race on a stellar card at Haydock Park this Saturday afternoon.

A phenomenal winner of the novices' handicap chase back at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, A Plus Tard has been one of the most progressive chasers in recent seasons, and he showed his Grade 1 capabilities when landing victory in the Grade 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, before finishing a fine runner-up in the Gold Cup in March.

Still only seven years old, A Plus Tard has potential improvement to come ON again this season, so it's no shock to see him installed as the clear market leader, but De Bromhead is sure to have bigger fish to fry later on in the season, so it could be that he just falters here in what is a decent renewal of the event, and at short odds could be worth taking on.

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Three-times winner Bristol De Mai is sure to be one of the premier challengers to the favourite and the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained ten-year-old will look to roll back the years and retain a crown he won impressively last season. There's no doubting the gutsy grey will enjoy a return to his beloved Haydock, but with very little rain having hit racecourses over the last few weeks then the ground could ultimately go against the Naunton inmate, who would want it soft to produce his best work. He's sure to run a good race, but may just struggle to go the gallop with some quicker rivals.

Paul Nicholls has won the Betfair Chase a record six times and will saddle an intriguing runner in this race in the shape of NEXT DESTINATION, who will be looking to throw his name into the Cheltenham Gold Cup ring by running a big race here, and he could well be the value play against the market leaders. Two wins and a second placed finish in his three career chases to date means the Ditcheat raider will lack the experience of his rivals, but that second placed finish came in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, where he finished second to the classy Galvin, so that is top notch form.

As big as 80/1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup currently, Next Destination will need to improve hugely this season to play at the top table of the chasing game, but with Nicholls in his corner he is one that could progress significantly and with ground conditions likely to pose no issues then he could well be a shock winner.

Waiting Patiently will have his first run for Christian Williams having switched from Ruth Jefferson's yard, and he's a top notch Graded horse on his day, but he was last seen pulling up in the Betway Bowl at Aintree, and he's struggled at times at the top level, so supporters of his will need to hope the stable move can galvanise him.

Completing the eight-strong field, Royale Pagaille will return to the scene of his runaway Peter Marsh Chase, but this Haydock test is sure to be a lot tougher, and he struggled to land any blow in the Gold Cup in March, so is best watched. Clondaw Castle and Chatham Street Lad will be the two outsiders in the line-up, and both will need huge career bests to make the frame, let alone get their heads in front, so can be ignored in a race that can be fought out between A Plus Tard and Next Destination, with the latter prevailing narrowly.

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