Betfair Chase Date is 23rd November 2019
Type: Grade 1 steeplechase race ( 3 miles and 1½ furlongs)
Trial race for the Cheltenham Gold Cup
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Betfair Chase General Info
The Betfair Chase, also known as the Lancashire Chase but having been sponsored by the betting exchange giant since its inauguration in 2005, is run at Haydock Park in November over a distance of 3 miles 1½ furlongs and features nineteen fences.
The race has Grade 1 status and is now a recognised trial for the Gold Cup – the race run on the Fourth day (Friday) of the Cheltenham Festival. Up to now the race has only produced one subsequent Gold Cup winner in the shape of the great Kauto Star, but it is rather early in its inception and it will surely produce many more in the years to come.
There was an original Lancashire Chase, run at Manchester Racecourse which closed in 1963, but this new event is a great prep for both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National, the Betfair Chase 2019 being due to take place on Saturday 23rd November.
2019 Betfair Chase Key Runners
Only 11 were declared for this race initially, with the below eight horses for these five trainers nothing but sheer quality.
|Balko Des Flos||8||TBC||Henry De Bromhead|
|Black Corton||8||TBC||Paul Nicholls|
|Bristol De Mai||8||TBC||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
2019 Betfair Chase Top Tips
A top-quality race indeed and one in which a lot may depend on the ground.
Bristol De Mai
Despite this being a flat track, it does produce course specialists, case in point Bristol De Mai who once again features very high in our calculations.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ popular 8-year-old has run four times around Haydock Park, winning every single time including in two renewals of this race and on varying types of ground. There is no reason, especially after his improved showing at Cheltenham in the Gold Cup, that he won’t run another huge race but he is not the only supremely talented chaser on show here and his price is a little skinny in the ante post market (7/4 at best).
Frodon, a true people’s horse, will gain more successes for sure but looks a few pounds short of one or two of these unless he can improve more, while Ballyoptic is two from two for Twiston-Davies this season and looks set to get better yet.
Colin Tizzard’s Lostintranslation is a fine young chaser, just 7/1 for the Gold Cup let’s not forget, and should improve from his easy reappearance win at Carlisle early in November. Cheltenham doesn’t necessarily appear to be his game so he may like it round here, making him a real danger to our advance selection.
That selection is Nicky Henderson’s Altior, the extremely promising chaser who is 14 from 14 and the undoubted two-mile champion. His trainer is adamant he can handle this not insignificant extra distance and, with the insurance of him being a general 6/1 but as big as 9/1 in places, we can afford not to go in with large stakes on a horse that on sheer ability is definitely the best of this bunch.
Ante Post Bet: ALTIOR
Betfair Chase Stats & Trends
Given the lack of history in the race, there aren’t too many trends to rely on. 6 out of 14 favourites have won, but they include multiple and returning champions who are never likely to go off at bigger odds because of their reputation.
Taking out 33/1 surprise winner Snoopy Loopy, the average SP of a Betfair Chase winner is a little over 3/1. This, allied with the fact that removing Pembrokeshire-based Peter Bowen with the greatest of respect, again the trainer of Snoopy Loopy, all renewals have been won by yards known to be very high-class and/or from the south.
This is a Grade 1 race and a big prize, so it is always likely to be targeted by at least one major trainer and only those such entrants should be given serious consideration.
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Past Betfair Chase Winners
The Betfair Chase 2018 was a small affair field-wise, but it was a keen betting heat with Nicky Henderson looking for his first win in the race with the classy Might Bite going off as the even-money favourite.
His long-time rival Native River helped to give the race a very high-quality look and was next in at 5/2, which left the 2017 winner Bristol De Mai jumping away at a very attractive looking 13/2. This was a surprise, as Nigel Twiston-Davies’ gelding was somewhat of a Haydock specialist and was in fact unbeaten in three spins around the track at that point.
Indeed, Bristol led early and again after the sixth. Daryl Jacob clearly did not feel the need to make the pace, allowing Native River to go on mid-race before closing in and jumping to the lead for the third time four from home. Having extended his lead approaching the last fence, he pinged it and drew four lengths clear to score impressively in the race for the second time.
Although it doesn’t have a very long history, Betfair Chase winners tend to be high class and so here’s a look at all previous scorers in the event, along with how they fared subsequently at the Cheltenham Festival:
|2018||Bristol De Mai||7||Daryl Jacob||Nigel Twiston-Davies||3rd in Gold Cup|
|2017||Bristol De Mai||6||Daryl Jacob||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Did not race|
|2016||Cue Card||10||Paddy Brennan||Colin Tizzard||Fell in Gold Cup|
|2015||Cue Card||9||Paddy Brennan||Colin Tizzard||Fell in Gold Cup|
|2014||Silviniaco Conti||8||Noel Fehily||Paul Nicholls||7th in Gold Cup|
|2013||Cue Card||7||Joe Tizzard||Colin Tizzard||Did not race|
|2012||Silviniaco Conti||6||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls||Fell in Gold Cup|
|2011||Kauto Star||11||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls||Pulled-up in Gold Cup|
|2010||Imperial Commander||9||Paddy Brennan||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Did not race|