Betfair Chase Betting Tips
The National Hunt season is definitely up and running now after some quality meetings last weekend at Cheltenham and Punchestown.
The best of this week’s racing can be seen at Haydock with the 13th edition of the Betfair Chase. This is a relatively new fixture on the jumps calendar but the limited history is full of world-class winners.
The legendary Kauto Star holds the record for the most wins of this Group 1 but Cue Card can equal his tally of four victories if he wins the 2017 edition on Saturday.
The news that the going will be heavy prompted Jessica Harrington to pull Sizing John from the race but there is still plenty of quality options remaining for the first leg of the Chase Triple Crown that also includes the King George VI and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Past Five Winners
2016 – Cue Card, aged 10, ridden by Paddy Brennan, trained by Colin Tizzard
2015 – Cue Card, aged 9, ridden by Paddy Brennan, trained by Colin Tizzard
2014 – Silviniaco Conti, aged 8, ridden by Noel Fehily, trained by Paul Nicholls
2013 – Cue Card, aged 7, ridden by Joe Tizzard, trained by Colin Tizzard
2012 – Silviniaco Conti, aged 6, ridden by Ruby Walsh, trained by Paul Nicholls
History Points to Favourites with Plenty of Stamina
Initially, the Betfair Chase was run over a distance of 2m7f, that was increased to 3m from 2013 and this year it’s been lengthened again by around a furlong and a half.
10 of the 12 previous winners had already won a 3m race over fences. The extra distance coupled with the soft ground at Haydock means it’s going to take a battling performance to get to the winning post in front.
The test of stamina could also suit horses who have already made an appearance this season. It’ll take a hell of a performance for any horse to win this off the back of a lengthy break.
That said, you can’t put anything past the horses of the calibre that will assemble at Haydock. The best of the best tend to do well with five winning favourites and only four favourites failing to claim at least a place.
Moreover, two horses have won at 7/4 or shorter without being favourite while Kauto Star’s win at 6/1 came after winning three times as favourite and Cue Card’s first win was at 9/1.
Bristol to Get Pipped in a Big One Again
The absence of Sizing John has given the Nigel Twiston-Davies team a boost ahead of the Betfair Chase. They had high hopes for Bristol De Mai for the Cheltenham Gold Cup but he was nowhere near Sizing John come the finish and was similarly disappointing next time up in the Betway Bowl.
That appearance at Aintree was the last of his season but he roared back to his best at the start of this month with victory at the Charlie Hall Chase.
His Wetherby win came at a distance of just over three miles on soft ground which removes almost any doubt about his stamina for his trip to Haydock.
The betting suggests that Bristol De Mai’s biggest challenge will come from Cue Card but we just think a bet on the 11-year-old represents a heart over head choice.
Cue Card’s fallen in two of his last three starts which has seen connections shun Paddy Brennan and book Harry Cobden for the ride. That’s a fairly standard decision but Cue Card is far from a standard horse. He’s quirky to say the least and Cobden is sure to struggle at times in running.
Everything appears to be pointing towards a win for the favourite so snap up the 5/4 888Sport are quoting on Bristol De Mai while it lasts.
Outlander the Each-Way Pick
Tea For Two will prove to be a popular each-way pick at a best price of 9/1 with Coral but our each-way recommendation is Outlander at 6/1 with William Hill.
George Elliott has already given his nine-year-old two starts this season to get him sharp enough to contend at Haydock. After a fairly sluggish first performance, Outlander showed great heart to win at Down Royal at the start of November and he’s ready for another top class performance on Saturday.
Top Betting Offers
Bristol De Mai to win at 5/4 with 888Sport
Outlander each-way at 6/1 with William Hill