Entries are revealed today for the first Grade One chase of the season, the £200,000 Betfair Chase at Haydock Park on Saturday 19th November.
Heading the market at 1-2 with race sponsor Betfair is last year’s winner A Plus Tard, who went to land the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup at The Festival™ later in the season, with Rachael Blackmore in the saddle on both occasions.
Betfair Chase (Grade 1) 3m 1f 125y
- A Plus Tard (FR) 8 Cheveley Park Stud Henry de Bromhead Ireland
- Bristol de Mai (FR) 11 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies
- Eldorado Allen (FR) 8 J P Romans & Terry Warner Joe Tizzard
- Frodon (FR) 10 Mr P. J. Vogt Paul Nicholls
- Protektorat (FR) 7 Sir A Ferguson G Mason J Hales & L Hales Dan Skelton
- Royale Pagaille (FR) 8 Mrs S. Ricci Venetia Williams
Betfair spokesman, Barry Orr, commented today: “The Betfair Chase is a race with a rich tradition of champions retaining their crown. Bristol De Mai, Cue Card and the mighty Kauto Star have all done it.
“A Plus Tard is odds-on to add his name to that illustrious list but it won’t be a cakewalk for the Gold Cup winner with Protektorat sure to keep him honest.
“All the ingredients are there to make this 18th edition of the race a quality renewal.”
The Betfair Chase – Betfair Odds: 1-2 A Plus Tard; 11-4 Protektorat; 7-1 Royale Pagaille; 14-1 Bristol De Mai; 16-1 Eldorado Allen, Frodon
Also taking place on Betfair Chase Day is the £125,000 Betfair Exchange Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle, for which Irish challenger Run For Oscar heads the market at 11-2 with Betfair.
The Charles Byrnes-trained seven year old won on the Flat at Haydock Park in August before going on to take the valuable Club Godolphin Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket last month.
Betfair Exchange Stayers' Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) 3m 58y
- Ailie Rose (IRE) 6 Miss E. Hamilton S. R. B. Crawford Ireland
- An Tailliur (FR) 6 Mr P. Hickey Jonjo O'Neill
- Belargus (FR) 7 Mr John P. McManus Nick Gifford
- Botox Has (FR) 6 John and Yvonne Stone Gary Moore
- Brinkley (FR) 7 Brocade Racing David Pipe
- Call Me Lord (FR) 9 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
- Complete Unknown (IRE) 6 Mr C. K. Ong & Mr I. Warwick Paul Nicholls
- Dolphin Square (IRE) 8 Mr David Maxwell Philip Hobbs
- Flight Deck (IRE) 8 Mr John P. McManus Jonjo O'Neill
- Fusil Raffles (FR) 7 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
- Gentleman At Arms (IRE) 5 D & B Racing Stuart Edmunds
- Get A Tonic (IRE) 6 Cherry Knoll Farm, M&T Ward & D Skelton Dan Skelton
- Good Risk At All (FR) 6 Walters Plant Hire Ltd Sam Thomas
- Imperial Aura (IRE) 9 Imperial Racing Partnership 2016 Kim Bailey
- Lisnagar Oscar (IRE) 9 Racing for Fun Rebecca Curtis
- Main Fact (USA) 9 Munrowd's Partnership David Pipe
- Might I (IRE) 6 Brian & Sandy Lambert Harry Fry
- Milan Bridge (IRE) 6 Exors of the late Mr Trevor Hemmings Paul Nicholls
- Navajo Pass 6 Mr T. G. Leslie Donald McCain
- Peking Rose 7 Coln Valley Partnership Fergal O'Brien
- Petit Tonnerre (FR) 4 Mr John P. McManus Jonjo O'Neill
- Run For Oscar (IRE) 7 Top Of The Hill Syndicate Charles Byrnes Ireland
- Siruh du Lac (FR) 9 John White & Anne Underhill David Pipe
- Stellar Magic (IRE) 7 Mr Allan Stennett Philip Hobbs
- Thousand Tears (IRE) 7 Mr P. Byrne Emmet Mullins Ireland
- Tronador (IRE) 6 Mr M. Wasylocha Gordon Elliott Ireland
- Umbrigado (IRE) 8 John White & Anne Underhill David Pipe
- Wakool (FR) 6 Turcan, Borwick, Dunning & Elles N. W. Alexander
- Wholestone (IRE) 11 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies
- Windsor Avenue (IRE) 10 Phil & Julie Martin Brian Ellison
- Gold Cup Bailly (FR) 6 Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede S. R. B. Crawford Northern Ireland Not Qualified
31 entries (1 not qualified)
The Betfair Exchange Stayers' Handicap Hurdle – Betfair Odds: 11-2 Run For Oscar; 13-2 Good Risk At All; 7-1 Complete Unknown; 8-1 Botox Has; 9-1 An Tailliur; 10-1 Flight Deck, Gentleman At Arms, Imperial Aura, Might I, Milan Bridge, Peking Rose; 12-1 Petit Tonnerre, Fusil Raffles, Get A Tonic; 14-1 Wakool; 20-1 Brinkley, Dolphin Square, Gold Cup Bailly, Lisnagar Oscar, Navajo Pass, Thousand Tears, Umbrigado; 25-1 Wholestone, Call Me Lord, Main Fact; 33-1 Siruh Du Lac, Ailie Rose, Belargus, Stellar Magic, Tronador, Windsor Avenue