The first Grade 1 chase of the National Hunt season, the Betfair Chase over three miles at Haydock, takes place on Saturday. First run in 2005, it has been won by some of the greats of the modern era.
The most successful horse in the history of the race is Kauto Star, with four wins between 2006 and 2011, while Cue Card triumphed three times in four years from 2013 to 2016.
Bristol De Mai, one of five runners taking part this year, can equal Cue Card’s hat-trick on Saturday, but our tipster is backing last year’s winner Lostintranslation to join Bristol De Mai and Silviniaco Conti in becoming a dual winner of the race when the flag falls at 3pm.
Haydock, Saturday 3.00 – Betfair Chase odds
Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change. Odds courtesy of Betway.
- Lostintranslation – 5/4
- Bristol De Mai – 2/1
- Clan Des Obeaux - 5/2
- Bellshill – 14/1
- Keeper Hill – 40/1
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Betfair Chase betting tips 2020
Odds correct at time of publishing and subject to change.
Bristol no longer cream of Haydock crop
A field of five was declared for the Betfair Chase on Thursday and the low numbers shouldn’t come as a shock. Bristol De Mai beat five rivals in 2018 and fended off four a year later, while 12 months ago Lostintranslation accounted for a trio in winning the latest renewal.
Among those was Bristol De Mai, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained grey, failing in his bid to become the first horse to win this Grade 1 chase three years in succession. Now, aged nine, he will make his play on Saturday to emulate Kauto Star, Silviniaco Conti and Cue Card in regaining the mantle.
Bristol De Mai, Lostintranslation and Clan Des Obeaux dominate the betting, but Twiston-Davies’ charge is officially rated 2lb lower than the others and may struggle to see off both.
His only defeat around Haydock came in this race last year when he pulled some 25 lengths clear of Frodon in third but never looked like stopping Colin Tizzard’s charge. Lostintranslation had the benefit of a prep run then, and although that isn’t the case this year, he can still confirm his superiority over Bristol De Mai.
Fear the Ditcheat Clan
Dual King George VI Chase winner Clan Des Obeaux is bidding to add to Ditcheat handler Paul Nicholls’ haul of six Betfair Chase wins, four of which came with the magnificent Kauto Star.
Silviniaco Conti’s second win in 2014 remains the most recent for the former champion trainer, a sign of the relative shortfall of Grade 1 performers at his disposal in the years since.
Nicholls will quite rightly feel that lull is over now. Clan Des Obeaux won the Christmas showpiece in 2018 before honourable defeats at Cheltenham and Aintree the following spring.
A disappointing comeback in Ireland last year, coupled with the presence of Lostintranslation and Cyrname, ensured he was an easy to back 11/2 chance at Kempton on Boxing Day where he romped to his second King George triumph by 21 lengths from stablemate Cyrname.
Once more he couldn’t quite get in the scrap up the Cheltenham hill in the Gold Cup and his trainer seems resigned to the fact this race isn't for him. Kempton again looks to be his next priority.
Nicholls has been bullish about Clan Des Obeaux’s chances here and his horses have been performing ever so well, however last year's impressive winner may present too much of an obstacle.
Haydock crown not Lost on Tizzard
Victory here would allow Colin Tizzard to draw within one of Nicholls’ record tally of six Betfair Chase wins and LOSTINTRANSLATION looks the one to side with.
With all due respect to both Bellshill and Keeper Hill, it surely will require accidents for one of them to prevail and this is very much a three-horse race on the betting.
The picture is muddied to a degree as the leading trio haven’t run since the Cheltenham Gold Cup where Lostintranslation (third) finished well clear of Clan Des Obeaux (eighth) and Bristol De Mai (ninth).
Connections of the last two will rightly argue that this track plays to their advantage now but, even allowing for that, the Gold Cup third less than two lengths behind Al Boum Photo and Santini was another cracking effort from Lostintranslation.
He travelled as well as anything and led running to the last before being fended off up the hill. That was a welcome after he was pulled up in a lethargic King George run. He underwent wind surgery between Kempton and Cheltenham and, in getting the bronze medal, raised his profile again.
The flatter track here won’t worry a horse with the speed to win over 2m 4f and place in a Grade 1 race at that distance. With none of the leading trio having a prep run, their work at home has to be trusted to have them ready for this.
The Tizzard team were slow to get going through the autumn but are now finding full stride and, in all probability, this day would have been circled on their calendar from a long way out.
Bristol De Mai will probably make the running again in this but, as with last year, he’ll have Lostintranslation and now Clan Des Obeaux stalking him in the closing stages. Robbie Power’s mount can prevail again.
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