The first Grade 1 of the Jump’s Season proper, the Betfair Chase is one of the biggest races of the season for the staying chasers. Raced over the 3m 1f distance, the Lancashire Chase usually attracts a select but highly talented field.
2020 is no different, with 12 Grade 1 races won between the five declared runners. That includes a dual King George winner and a two-time winner of the Betfair Chase itself. A race steeped in history, it can be watched on both ITV and RacingTV.
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Betfair Chase Runners
Winning five Grade 1 races for Willie Mullins, he left that yard after losing his way in three starts last season. A Grade 3 second at Fairyhouse back in February suggests he still retains plenty of ability, but a watching brief is advisable on his first run for this new stable.
2. Bristol De Mai
Dual winner of this race who went down by a length to Lostintranslation when bidding for the hat-trick twelve months ago. He simply loves Haydock, with a record at venue that reads 11112. In good form in all three of his runs last season and is bound to make a bold bid once again.
3. Clan Des Obeaux
Made it back to back wins in the King George when defeating Cyrname by twenty-one lengths at Kempton last Christmas. Well-held in the Gold Cup subsequently, but his Cheltenham record is very modest. A flat track like Haydock will suit him and he’s undergone wind surgery since we last saw him.
4. Keeper Hill
Has twenty-one pounds to find with the leading pair on ratings. No match for Cyrname in the Charlie Hall on seasonal return at Wetherby and none of his prior chasing form suggests he’ll be able to compete at this level.
Defeated Bristol De Mai to win this race twelve months ago and went down swinging when third in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham back in March. Has proven extremely consistent over fences and jointly sets the standard on ratings. Could be in for a big season and holds obvious claims.
Betfair Chase Tips
Winning this race in 2017 and 2018, BRISTOL DE MAI lost out narrowly in this race twelve months ago to Lostintranslation. He didn’t give up his crown without an almighty fight and he absolutely loves Haydock. Winning four of his five starts at the Lancashire venue, he doesn’t know how to run a bad race here.
His record on seasonal return reads 22112 and ground conditions are perfect for him. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ string are coming into form and a bold bid is expected to join Cue Card as a three-time winner of the contest.
Betfair Chase Stats and Trends
- 11 of the 12 winners were rated 160 or higher
- 9 of the last 12 renewals were won by the favourite or second-favourite
- 8 of the last 12 renewals were won by Colin Tizzard or Paul Nicholls
- 6 of the last 12 winners were aged 9 or older
Shocks are very rare in the Betfair Chase, with just one winner at double digits in the last twelve years. That was Snoopy Loopy back in 2009, with the highest priced winner since being Cue Card at 9/1 back in 2013. In fact, nine of the last twelve winners came from the front two in the market.
It’s also a race that Colin Tizzard and Paul Nicholls have dominated, which gives a boost to the claims of Bristol De Mai and Clan Des Obeaux respectively.
Betfair Chase Winners
The Betfair Chase has an illustrious roll of honour which includes:
- 2019 – Lostintranslation (Robbie Power, Colin Tizzard)
- 2018 – Bristol De Mai (Daryl Jacob, Nigel Twiston-Davies)
- 2017 – Bristol De Mai (Daryl Jacob, Nigel Twiston-Davies)
- 2016 – Cue Card (Paddy Brennan, Colin Tizzard)
- 2015 – Cue Card (Paddy Brennan, Colin Tizzard)
- 2014 – Silviniaco Conti (Noel Fehily, Paul Nicholls)
- 2013 – Cue Card (Joe Tizzard, Colin Tizzard)
- 2012 – Silviniaco Conti (Ruby Walsh, Paul Nicholls)
- 2011- Kauto Star (Ruby Walsh, Paul Nicholls)
- 2010 – Imperial Commander (Paddy Brennan, Nigel Twiston-Davies)
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