Haydock Betfair Chase 2018 Preview. (24/11/2018)

Saturday 24th November 2018

Haydock Park

This weekend see’s the return of the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park a race that has an illustrious back catalogue of winners featuring the likes of Kauto Star, Silviniaco Conti, Imperial Commander and Cue Card to name but a few. Hope you enjoy the Preview!

Betfair Chase.

(Class 1) (Grade 1) (3m)

Previous Winners:


(Age: 6) (Odds: 11/10f) (6 ran)

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours



2016: CUE CARD

(Age: 10) (Odds: 15/8f) (6 ran) 

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours



2015: CUE CARD

(Age: 9) (Odds: 7/4) (5 ran)

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours




(Age: 8) (Odds: 10/3) (9 ran)

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours



2013: CUE CARD

(Age: 7) (Odds: 9/1) (8 ran)

Horse Profile - Jockey Colours



The Betfair Chase is a Grade 1 contest that’s ridden over a distance of three miles and its a race that with a rich history as stated in the opening paragraph. It’s seen horses come back and win the race multiple times in recent years with Kauto Star winning it four times and Cue Card on three occasions and this year’s renewal see’s last year’s conqueror Bristol De Mai currently take his place in an attempt to retain his crown. Bristol De Mai is a horse that relishes cut in the ground and the lack of rain we’ve received recently is a serious concern which puts his participation in doubt, however should the rain come he’s a huge player on the back of his 57 length victory in the race last year. It’s the Gold Cup runner up that currently heads affairs though, which is of course Nicky Hendersons Might Bite. He sits at the top of the market here at around the even money mark and he comes here with a huge chance and high expectations for the upcoming campaign. He’ll have to reverse the form with his Gold Cup conqueror Native River though should he get the job done which will be no easy task. The Colin Tizzard trained charge will once again be reunited with Richard Johnson here and can be found trading at a general 3/1 mark.

Colin Tizzard is also represented by Thistlecrack here who’s set to makes his eagerly awaited return to the track following two below par runs last term. He was seen not long ago doing a race course gallop alongside Native River and is reportedly going better than ever at home. If returning to the form of his 2016 King George win he’s surely a player and can be found trading at a general 6/1. Clan Des Obeaux represents Paul Nicholls and he won on this card last year and is certainly one of the more unexposed types in the line up. There’s likely a lot more to come from him this season and whilst this represents somewhat of a step up it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see him go well. There’s currently three Gigginstown horses in the line up all of which are trained by Gordon Elliott and they are headed by last season’s JLT winner Shattered Love. An impressive winner at Cheltenham that day she made her reappearance when finishing runner up in Grade 2 company at Down Royal earlier this month. Outlander and Don Poli currently make up the Elliott three.

Possible SP’s:

MIGHT BITE – (5/6)

(Form: 1121-)

Nico de Boinville silk


(Form: 13/11-)

Richard Johnson silk


(Form: 11632-)



(Form: 12/54-)



(Form: 2123-)



(Form: 1125-2)


DON POLI – (25/1)

(Form: 23P23/)


OUTLANDER – (40/1)

(Form: PP9-23)


Race Prediction:




Race Summary:

“One of the most exciting as well as intriguing National Hunt races of the season and it takes place at such an early stage of the campaign, a lot of these are having their first run of the season so fitness will play a huge part especially at this track. Native River will likely make it again and if the ground gets testing he could prove to be tough to peg back. However with the ground looking on the less demanding side at current I think Might Bite could well reverse the placings, I think Thistlecrack could well run a big one and might play a part at the business end of things and if some of the big guns don’t turn up Clan Des Obeaux has every chance of getting involved.” 

Value Bet:

CLAN DES OBEAUX – (12/1) (E/W)








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