Staged at Haydock Park racecourse the Betfair Chase Registered as the Lancashire Chase) is a Grade One race and is run over a slightly longer trip (3m1f). The contest is a fairly new one, being first run in 2005 and takes place in November each season.
Trainer Paul Nicholls has made the race his own, winning the decent prize 6 times in the last 13 years, including four times with Kauto Star, while the popular grey Bristol De Mai has landed the pot three times in the last four years and giving his trainer – Nigel Twiston-Davies – his fourth success in the contest. The Tizzard yard is another to have on your radar – they’ve won four of the last 8.
We are still waiting, however, for the first Irish-trained winner of the race.
Here at JUICESTORM we are on hand with all the key stats ahead of the 2021 renewal – this year run on Saturday November 20th 2021.
Recent Betfair Chase Winners
2020 – BRISTOL DE MAI (9/4)
2019 – LOSTINTRANSLATION (5/4 fav)
2018 – BRISTOL DE MAI (13/2)
2017 – BRISTOL DE MAI (11/10 fav)
2016 – CUE CARD (15/8 fav)
2015 – CUE CARD (7/4)
2014 – SILVINIACO CONTI (10/3)
2013 – CUE CARD (9/1)
2012 – SILVINIACO CONTI (7/4)
2011 – KAUTO STAR (6/1)
2010 – IMPERIAL COMMANDER (10/11 fav)
2009 – KAUTO STAR (4/6 fav)
2008 – SNOOPY LOOPY (33/1)
2007 – KAUTO STAR (4/5 fav)
2006 – KAUTO STAR (11/10 fav)
2005 – KINGSCLIFF (8/1)
Key Betfair Chase Betting Trends
16 Previous runnings
14/16 – Won over at least 3m (fences) previously
13/16 – Won by and Irish (4) or French (9) bred horse
13/16 – Won a Grade One chase previously
12/16 – Raced within the last 4 weeks
12/16 – Placed in the top three in their last race
12/16 – Raced at Haydock previously
11/16 – Officially rating of 168 or higher
10/16 – Favourites placed
9/16 – Aged 8 or older
9/16 – Winning distance – 2 ½ lengths or less
8/16 – Won by a previous winner of the race
7/16 – Winning favourites
7/16 – Raced at Wetherby in the Charlie Hall last time out
6/16 – Won their latest race
4/16 – Raced at Aintree last time out
The average winning price in the last 16 runnings is 5/1
No Irish-trained winner yet
8 of the last 9 winners aged 9 or younger
The Paul Nicholls yard has won the prize in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 & 2014
The Nigel Twiston-Davies yard has won the prize in 2010, 2017, 2018 and 2020
The Colin Tizzard yard has won the race in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019
Another of the big jumping highlights this month is the Grade One Betfair Chase, staged at Haydock Park on Saturday 20th November.
Run over 3m 1 1/2f, this race is a fairly new one with only sixteen previous renewals, but it’s been well-supported by the sponsors and in turn has attracted some of the best staying chasers in training.
Over the years, leading names like Kauto Star, who won this race four times during his career, plus former King George VI Chase winners, Cue Card and Silviniaco Conti, are other stars you’ll see on the hall of fame.
However, in more recent times it’s a race the popular grey – Bristol De Mai – has made his own – having won three of the last four runnings, including last year.
In short, this race has been a great contest for past winners coming back for more and in total since the race was first run in 2005, we’ve had no fewer than eight past winners of the race.
Let’s take a look at the main trends.
Trip – Being run over 3m 1 1/2f, then it will come as no surprise to see that 14 of the last 16 winners had previously won a race over fences over at least 3m. Yes, most will tick the box here, but you can sometimes get an up-and-coming chaser stepping up in trip for the first time.
Breeding – 13 of the last 16 winners were either Irish or French bred – again, most will get a thumbs-up on this trend, but it’s still worth a second glance.
Grade One Form – Having winning form at the top level over fences is another key trend to have onside. 81% of the last 16 winners had previous won a Grade One chase before taking this.
Recent Run/Form – With 12 of the last 16 winners having raced in the last four weeks, then heading here race fit has been an advantage too. That said, last year’s winner – Bristol De Mai – has won this three times before and two of those came on his seasonal reappearance.
Age – There isn’t really a standout age trend. From the 16 past runnings we’ve had winners aged from 6 up to 11 – but the mighty Kauto Star is responsible for this trend having won the race as a 6 year-old in 2006 and then remarkably as an 11 year-old in 2011! However, in more recent times it could pay to note that 8 of the last 9 winners were aged 9 or younger.
Track Form – I’ve already mentioned that past winners have a good record, so it’s no shock to see that 12 of the last 16 winners had raced before at Haydock.
Favourites – We’ve seen 10 of the last 16 market leaders placed in the race, while seven of the last 16 favourites (44%) have won, which is not a bad strike-rate if you like backing those at the head of the betting.
Top Trainers – As mentioned, this has been a good race for past winners, but it’s also been a top race for three trainers – Paul Nicholls, Colin Tizzard and Nigel Twiston-Davies. Nicholls has won the prize six times, with the last of those being in 2014 and those successes came with just two horses – Silviniaco Conti and Kauto Star. Tizzard has four wins to his name (3 being with Cue Card), while the Twiston-Davies camp have fired in four winners – three with Bristol De Mai.
Overall, we can expect another stellar cast to be heading to Haydock. The three-time winner and popular grey – Bristol De Mai – will be hard to keep out of calculations at this favoured track – especially if the ground is soft/heavy. His form at the course reads – 1-1-1-1-2-1! Last year’s runner-up Clan Des Obeaux could be back for more too, while despite the race yet to produce an Irish winner, there is a chance Henry De Bromhead’s Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up, A Plus Tard, might make the trip over.
But, in a race that Bristol De Mai has farmed in recent times, I’ll take him to continue his fantastic run at the track and make it another ‘grey day’ for the bookmakers.