Betfair Chase Betting Odds Comparison - Haydock Park

21/11/2020 15:00:00

The Betfair Chase is one of the biggest horse races on the National Hunt UK racing calendar, with this being only third to the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the King George VI Stakes when it comes to quality long-distance chase racing, with Haydock Racecourse traditionally hosting an encounter which takes place each year in November.

Bet On the 2020 Betfair Chase

There are usually nineteen fences to be overcome as part of the Betfair Chase circuit, with the race having been in operation since 2005 and this is an event where the Betfair Million has previously been made available, with the bookmaker putting up this prize money if the same horse landed a Betfair Chase, King George VI and Gold Cup.

Who Are the Favourites for the 2020 Betfair Chase?

We’ve got some familiar names at the top of the betting for the latest renewal of the Betfair Chase, with Lostintranslation having won the 2019 Betfair Chase on 23 November when being sent off as 5/4 favourite and there is likely to be money for the eight-year-old to claim the spoils in this one.

Colin Tizzard seems to be an expert in training horses like Cue Card to overcome many obstacles and become a quality chasing runner, with the horse also running well in the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup when finishing third in the race behind Al Boum Photo and Santini.

Then we have Bristol De Mai who is usually a viable contender and has fondly become known as “Haydock De Mai” due to the fact that the horse has previously scored back to back victories in this race and it’s clear that the runner will be a flat-track bully.

Santini has never ran at Haydock before although the Nicky Henderson-trained charge won the Paddy Power Cotswold Chase back in January before that narrow runner-up spot in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. You might think there is more to come from this runner.

The History of the Betfair Chase

The Betfair Chase has fairly recent origins due to the fact that it was first launched in 2005 although it has quickly gained prestige in the National Hunt calendar and falls nicely for runners who have an outing before potentially going on to run in the King George VI Chase and then the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Kingscliff was the first ever winner of the Betfair Chase before Kauto Star won in 2006 and the Paul Nicholls-trained charge went on to claim a further three Betfair Chase victories and it’s clear that this is a race which tends to encourage serial winners.

Silviniaco Conti has triumphed on two occasions, while Bristol De Mai and Cue Card have also been victorious on more than one occasion.

We’re counting down the days until Saturday’s Betfair Chase, with Bristol De Mai likely to go off as odds-on favourite to win this Group 1 encounter and there are plenty of reasons to think the horse will win at Haydock.

After all, Bristol De Mai is affectionately known as “Haydock De Mai” in certain quarters due to the horse’s performances at this north-west track in the past and the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained charge has already scored victories in the Betfair Chase in 2017 and 2018.

Some bookies are already going as short as even money about a horse who seems to have the complete confidence of his trainer, with Twiston-Davies expecting his charge to be difficult to beat this weekend.

Twiston-Davies said: "Everything has gone well with his preparation, and he seems to be as forward as ever for his seasonal return.

"They have all got him to beat. It was a good run in the Gold Cup, and it looked like he was going to win at the bottom of the hill.

"We just don't know (this weekend), because there (are) talking horses in there, so we can't say if it is better or stronger than before."

Indeed, Bristol De Mai was travelling well in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last March before finding a couple of horses proving too fast for him up the hill and the trainer wasn’t particularly bothered by an underwhelming appearance at Aintree a month later.

Colin Tizzard is another trainer who has experienced success in the Betfair Chase, most notably with Cue Card, with the Welsh handler hoping to score for a fifth time in this race with charge Lostintranslation.

The horse will go off as second favourite to win, although Twiston-Davies feels as though this pretender to the crown has plenty to prove compared to his stable star.

He added: "Talk is easy, but he has got to prove it. That was two and a half miles around Carlisle, and we have the horse (Count Meribel) that was second to him, beaten two and a quarter lengths.

"We hope that Bristol would be better than him."

When quizzed about longer-term plans for the horse, the trainer reckons that a tilt at the King George on Boxing Day could be a likely option, with the prospect of a £1 million bonus on the table should Bristol De Mai keep winning.

He added: "Assuming it all goes well, it will be exactly the same as last season. If he wins this nicely, you have got to think about the King George and the £1million (bonus). Without the £1million, you probably wouldn't go."