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The Betfair Chase

(Registered As The Lancashire Chase)

A Grade 1 Class 1 Steeplechase

A Grade 1 Steeplechase for 5 year olds and up over 3 miles 1 furlong at Haydock Park Racecourse



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The Betfair Chase is the first Grade 1 Chase of the season and is run over three miles and is open to horses of 5 years and older.

Registered at the Lancashire Chase and has been run since 2005.

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THE 2012 RACE



Once again the Betfair chase has attracted a small but talented field of runners. Last year's runner-up Long Run has this race again as his opening to the season. Among the field today is Cheltenham Gold Cup Runner-Up The Giant Bolster. Also taking part today last year's third Weird Al. The 2010 Gold cup winner Imperial Commander is making his reappearance today after a layoff of over 600 days, a previous winner of this in 2010 and it will be interesting to see if he retains his old sparkle and form after such a long layoff.
Long Run heads the market today after a good season last year where he found Kauto Star to good on two occasions and rather good race in the Gold cup before finishing third just a few lengths behind the winner.
All in all this race again looks very interesting with regards to the rest of the top-class 3 mile chases this season.






List_of_runners


No. FORM NAME AGE WEIGHT TRAINER Jockey
1 5185-6 Cannington Brook 8 11-7 Colin Tizzard Joe Tizzard
2 2213- Long Run 7 11-7 Nicky Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen
3 1241-1 Silviniaco Conti 6 11-7 Paul Nicholls R Walsh
4 72142- The Giant Bolster 7 11-7 David Bridgwater Tom Scudamore
N/R P47P-2 Wayward Prince 8 11-7 Hilary Parrott
6 13PF- Weird Al 9 11-7 Donald McCain Jason Maguire
N/R 2541-1 Tidal Bay 11 11-7 Paul Nicholls
N/R 51U1P/ Imperial Commander 11 11-7 Nigel Twiston-Davies
N/R F317-3 Midnight Chase 10 11-7 Neil Mulholland

Race Preview

Cannington Brook

A good eight-year-old bay gelding from the Colin Tizard stable. A good horse this, however he will have to improve on what we've seen so far to take a hand in this race. What he does have in his favor is that he runs very well at Haydock and he loves very soft ground which he may get today. His win in the Tommy Whittle handicap Chase at this course on heavy ground is probably his best form and his two wins over fences have both come at this course. If the rain continues and this race is run in a bog, then he may have a better chance than his 25 to 1 odds indicate.
Wins have come on ground ranging from soft to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.

Long Run.

Clearly the best rated horse in the race and past winner of the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup. A reappearance of that form would seem to make him unstoppable in this race. Ran very well last year in this race when second beaten by eight lengths by a completely rejuvenised Kauto Star. He followed that up by coming second in the King George the VIi Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day again behind Kato Star. He was sent off favorite in the Gold cup and finished third, that seemed disappointing at the time, however I don't think he ran up to his form but still had a lot of horses behind him. He has won on very soft ground in France before he came to this country, and therefore the ground today if as expected turns out to be very soft, although not being ideal, he should cope with it. Assuming that he is as good as ever this year, he will take all the beating today. Difficult to believe with all the good runs this horse has had that he is still only a seven-year-old. I expect him to return to his winning ways in an impressive run today unless of course he is unable to act on the very soft ground expected.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to the very soft and up to a distance of 3 miles 2 furlongs.

Silviniaco Conti.

A fine hurdler who looks to be turning into a good chaser. This six-year-old chestnut gelding is sent here today from the powerful Paul Nicholls yard. Very impressive winner of the John Smith's Mildmay Novices Chase at Aintree back in April where he had Champion Court and Join Together behind him by 13 and 12 lengths the 4th horse was 68 lengths behind these three and the 5th further 21 lengths behind. This was an absolutely impressive final run of the season. This season began in the Charlie Hall Chase. Whilst not being so impressive in distance he still managed to put 11 lengths between himself and Wayward Prince. He also beat some good horses with Midnight Chase, Time for Rupert and Master Of the Hall all in behind. Certainly looks to be going the right way and at six years old could be a very impressive chaser in the making. Difficult to assess how good he really is at the moment but certainly looks like one out of the top drawer and a win in this will see his odds for the Cheltenham Gold Cup tumble from the already skinny 10 to 1. Certainly looks the real danger to Long Run today.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.

The Giant Bolster.

The Giany Bolster's second in the Cheltenham GoldCcup in his last race was very impressive. He obviously had lots of good horses in behind that day and other than Kauto Star pulling up he seemed to beat everything else on merit apart from the winner of course. Only 2 1/2 lengths behind Synchronised who looked very good on the day. Only seven years old but has run in 20 races, Seven wins under his belt and some good results when running into a place. Well thought of by his connections and improving all the time. This race is the next logical step for this horse who has not yet won over this distance despite having said previously he has run well at distances of 3 miles plus. This is a very good race and he would have to be up to his best today to win this and it would not be a big surprise if he did.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and 7 furlongs.

Wayward Prince.

A good hurdler who turned out to be a good novice chaser. He was third in the 2011 RSA Chase. He was then pulled up in the Hennessy Gold cup at the start of the 2011 / 2012 season and then his season seemed to go wrong. Still only eight years old he could well have some more improvement to come and looked good when second in his first race this season behind the very smart Silviniaco Conti in the Charlie Hall Chase. He never really had any chance of winning that race but showed a glimmer of his past form. If last season turned out to be his off-season he may well come back much stronger for that run in the Charlie Hall, however this is a very good race and he would have to improve significantly to win this.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles 1 furlong.

Weird Al.

This former winner of the Charlie Hall Chase, and third in this race last year and would seem to have plenty on his plate today. However that bear form perhaps underestimates this horses chance. In the race last year he ran very well for a lot of the race and stayed on at the end if at one pace. He had a disappointing end to the season being pulled up in the Cheltenham Gold cup when never really traveling and was tailed off in the race. That can be explained by the fact that he broke a blood vessel in the race. One month later he was tried in the Grand National. He was not really going in the race and was behind the field when he was hampered and fell at Bechers on the second circuit. Given that he is from the McCain stable it could be that the Grand National will be his long term aim this year, but as he ran so well in this last year that this could easily be his early season target. Well fancied in the market and goes well when fresh (has won first time out in the last four seasons) Weird Al would not be an unexpected winner today.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles one furlong.

Conclusions.

Only six runners left in the race and that is really disappointing for a valuable Grade One Chase, however this is a high-class field. With Weird Al being so strong first time out it is difficult to dismiss him from any of the reckoning but his broken blood vessel and poor last two runs at the end of the season make it difficult to strongly recommend this horse. The Giant Bolster's second in the Gold Cup at 50/1 may prove that last year's Gold Cup result cannot be fully relied on, but I doubt it, however today others look more attractive. You certainly can't dismiss the chances of Silviniaco Conti today as his wins to date have been so impressive, added to that is his trainers record in this race with four wins since the inaugural 2005 race but If long run is up to his best I can't really see anything beating this horse today, he is top-class and should take all the beating in this fascinating renewal.






The_Full_Result


Position FORM NAME AGE WEIGHT TRAINER Jockey
Winner 1241-1 Silviniaco Conti 6 11-7 Paul Nicholls R Walsh
2nd 2213- Long Run 7 11-7 Nicky Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen
3rd 72142- The Giant Bolster 7 11-7 David Bridgwater Tom Scudamore
4th 13PF- Weird Al 9 11-7 Donald McCain Jason Maguire
5th 5185-6 Cannington Brook 8 11-7 Colin Tizzard Joe Tizzard
N/R P47P-2 Wayward Prince 8 11-7 Hilary Parrott
N/R 2541-1 Tidal Bay 11 11-7 Paul Nicholls
N/R 51U1P/ Imperial Commander 11 11-7 Nigel Twiston-Davies
N/R F317-3 Midnight Chase 10 11-7 Neil Mulholland












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