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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 2013_Betfair_Chase

Top-class renewal this year was some really smart horses being declared.

Last year's winner Silviniaco Conti again tries to win the race. He went off the boil towards the end of last season there were reasons for that and he usually runs well when fresh. Looks an interesting runner and we will find out a lot more about him today.

Last year's Gold cup winner Bobs Worth also takes part today. Looking to get his season off to a good start and adding to his run of and beaten races. This horse is top-class and will take all the beating today.

Former Gold cup winner Long Run also takes part today and is hoping to put aside his poor last run.

Perhaps the most popular runner in the race today will be the 12-year-old Tidal Bay who towards the end of last season was running into nice form and continued his good run in his first run of the season in a hurdle race.

Also taking part today 2 young horses Cue Card Dynaste both with something to prove. The former has to probe he can get the championship distance and the latter to show if he is top-class as expected by his connections.

A very interesting race and one that may have a bearing on the top quality races of the season.

RACE CONDITIONS: - 5yo+ Weights 11st 7lb Allowances mares 7lb






List_of_runners


  Number Form Name Age Weight Trainer Jockey Rating
 
Bobs_Worth 1 21/11- Bobs Worth 8 11-7 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 180
Top class consistent eight-year-old bay gelding. Winner of last season's Cheltenham Gold cup and winner of the 2012 RSA Chase, both of these at the Cheltenham Festival. These two races are perhaps the top of what is a very impressive career. Bobs Worth also won the Hennessy Gold cup at Newbury last season in what was a short season for him with only two runs in which he was unbeaten. This is a first grade steeplechaser and is one of the best running in this country. He will be favourite for this race, and rightly so given his previous form. Although no horse is unbeatable you can't possibly underestimate this horse’s chance here today. He gets this distance well, has won on soft and runs well first time out (won last three seasons first time out). Unaced on this tricky racecourse but he's a great jumper and should have no problems.
9 wins from 12 runs on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and 3 furlongs.

Cue_Card 2 5112-3 Cue Card 7 11-7 Colin Tizzard Joe Tizzard 172
A really nice chaser from the Colin Tizzard yard. Only seven years old with plenty of experience under his belt, he was a very impressive winner of the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival where he had the very smart First Lieutenant nine lengths behind in second. Back in fifth place that day was Champion Court who ran really impressively last week. He is another trying this course for the first time today however he comes here with the benefit of a previous run, where he was third in a 2 mile 2 furlong chase. The one worry with this horse is that he is unproven at this distance. Tried at 3 miles once previously in the King George VI Chase at Kempton last year where he finished a tired fifth. Connections must think he has improved and will get the extra distance today and are perhaps using this race as a marker for the rest of the season.
9 wins from 18 starts on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and 6 furlongs.





Dynaste 3 11121- Dynaste                     7 11-7 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 159
A good hurdler who has grown into a really good chaser. Was only beaten once last year in his novice season and that was at the Cheltenham Festival. Given the form he had shown over fences up until that time it did come as a bit of a shock when he could only come second in a race where he was the strong favourite. If he has improved again it would be very interesting to see him running against these very classy chasers. This race is very much dropping him in at the deep end and like some others this race could map out their coming season. Sure to run well as he looked very strong all last season.
6 wins from 16 starts (4 chase wins from 5 starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.



Long_Run 4 2132-5 Long Run p 8 11-7 Nicky Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 171
The 2011 Cheltenham Gold cup winner, Long Run is obviously a very good chaser. He is consistent as you would expect and runs in the top chases throughout the season. He was a very good winner of the King George VI Grade 1 chase at Kempton at their Christmas meeting last year. Although running well and finishing in the frame on every occasion in the last two seasons he has only won once in each of those last two years. He is always contesting the top races and therefore perhaps you would not expect him to win every time. He has had the benefit of the previous run this year, in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby. He finished last of the five finishers that day and made a jumpping mistake in the race and was a long way behind the winner (37 lengths behind the first three). He can often need a run before getting to his top form, but that race was one that he was expected to win therefore there must be some doubt in his running today. If he runs up to his best form he should certainly make the frame, but will he?
14 wins from 27 runs (9 chase wins from 19 starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 3 furlongs.



Roi_Du_Mee 5 11-F21 Roi Du Mee t 8 11-7 Gordon Elliott Jason Maguire 168
This eight-year-old bay gelding is the Irish challenger here today. Had a fantastic season last year when after an ordinary first run he was not out of the first two in his next seven runs winning six and finishing second once. Running exclusively in his native Ireland he progressed up to winning a Grade 2 chase. Started this season in a strong race where he did not seem his usual self and fell at the fifth fence, in a race won by Sizing Europe. Run much better next time out in a good race when he finished in second place ahead of the smart First Lieutenant. His latest run at the beginning of this month was a really good run in a Grade 1 three-mile chase at Down Royal. Again First Lieutenant was in behind (fourth) but more impressively perhaps was he was 13 lengths ahead of the very good chaser Sizing Europe. That race showed a higher level of improvement stepping up to 3 miles. Although he is the outsider today in what is turning out to be a very high-class race further improvement could put him in the mix here.
13 wins from 36 starts (10 chase wins from 26 starts) on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.



Silviniaco_Conti 6 111F3- Silviniaco Conti 7 11-7 Paul Nicholls Noel Fehily 173
A really good hurdler who has turned into a top-class chaser. He ended his novice chase season by winning the Mildmay novices Chase at Aintree in their 2012 Grand National Festival. Last year he started his second chase season with a bang winning the Charlie Hall Chase. Very impressive win that day with the rest of his field trailing 11 lengths behind. He was next tried in this race where again an impressive run saw him beating two of his rivals today, Long Run, and The Giant Bolster, and he was a very impressive winner staying on really well. He next went to the Grade 2 Denman Chase at Newbury and was once again an impressive winner, staying on well and beating his field by seven lengths. He then went to the Cheltenham Festival but fell on the downhill fence three from home when travelling extremely well and in contention. That race must have knocked his confidence because he then went to Aintree and finished third in the grade one Betfred bowl chase although running well but perhaps after hitting the 14th fence his confidence was knocked. He has a top-class chaser and can't possibly be written off. If he runs up to last year's form will certainly make the frame and with a little improvement could take this race again today albeit against better opposition than he faced last year.
10 wins from 17 starts (5 chase wins from 10 starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong.



The_Giant_Bolster 7 3P247- The Giant Bolster 8 11-7 David Bridgwater Denis O'Regan 164
Shocked everybody except his trainer when this horse finished second in the 2012 Cheltenham Gold cup at a price of 50 / 1 behind Synchronised. Last season he did not seem to run up to that level although he did run well in a number of races. Third in this race last year he ran well throughout the race travelling fluently although his jumping was not so fluent. He could not seem to quicken towards the end of the race but stayed on well. He met the winner of the race again later in the season in the Denman Chase where that day he was seven lengths behind him finishing in second place. He then went on to the Cheltenham Gold cup finishing fourth but again he made a few jumping errors. Difficult to see how he could overturn the form with either Silviniaco Conti and Bobs Worth in this race even if running up to the best form that we have seen so far. Having said all that he is only eight and sometimes horses can improve a lot from one season to the next at this age.
4 wins from 25 starts (3 wins from 16 chase starts) on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and 7 furlongs.



Tidal_Bay 8 121-1 Tidal Bay 12 11-7 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 171
A really good hurdler who was an extremely good chaser in his novice year. He was winning good races against good competition by big margins and looks set fair to become top-class. That however was back in 2007 and 2008 and although or he has run in good quality races since and has had some problems he has never quite fulfilled what might have been expected from those two years. He has been tried in good chases and good hurdle races throughout his career and usually runs with credit, guts and determination. He was tried in the 2011 Grand National that he unseated his rider at the 10th fence. After this run hechanged stables and was sent to Paul Nicholls. His first run was in January last year and that was a good run in a hurdle race, he was then tried again in hurdle and chases until April 2012 where he suddenly found some of his old form again when running in the extreme distance of 3 miles 6 furlongs in the bet 365 Gold cup chase at Sandown. A rejuvenated horse he won by a massive 15 lengths and that was the culmination of an improving season. Last season he ran three times winning, twice the most impressive being the short-head that he beat First Lieutenant by in the Lexus Chase. Now 12 years old, and rising 13 he does not seem to be downgrading as one would expect and seems to need plateauing at his current Mark. He has run once this year in the bet 365 hurdle at Wetherby where he won well. You can't possibly expect improvement in the horse and this really is a top-class race. Unlikely to be the winner today, but would probably be the most popular winner, and would not be without a chance of running into a place. Let's hope everything goes right for him today and at least he has a good run.
15 wins from 39 starts (8 chase wins from 23 starts) on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and 6 furlongs.








The_Full_Result


Positions Number Form Name Age Weight Trainer Jockey Rating
1st 2 5112-3 Cue Card 7 11-7 Colin Tizzard Joe Tizzard 172
2nd 3 11121- Dynaste 7 11-7 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 159
3rd 6 111F3- Silviniaco Conti 7 11-7 Paul Nicholls Noel Fehily 173
4th 4 2132-5 Long Run p 8 11-7 Nicky Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 171
5th 8 121-1 Tidal Bay 12 11-7 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 171
6th 1 21/11- Bobs Worth 8 11-7 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 180
7th 7 3P247- The Giant Bolster p 8 11-7 David Bridgwater Denis O'Regan 164
PU 5 11-F21 Roi Du Mee t 8 11-7 Gordon Elliott Jason Maguire 168












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