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2020 Betfair Chase Tips – Former Champion to regain crown at Haydock

  • We take a look at the odds for the 2020 Betfair Chase
  • Lostintranslation bids to make it two wins in a row at Haydock on Saturday
  • Two-time winner Bristol De Mai will be looking to gain revenge for his defeat 12 months ago
  • Clan Des Obeaux will also make his seasonal reappearance
  • Here’s our guide and tips for this fantastic Grade One
Bristol De Mai
Bristol De Mai winning his first Betfair Chase in 2017. (Getty)

We take a look through the Betfair Chase odds and each of the five runners set to line up at Haydock, before picking out our 2020 Betfair Chase tips.

Haydock Park stages the first Grade One of the British National Hunt racing season on Saturday afternoon. Just five will go to post in the 2020 Betfair Chase, but viewers can still expect a fascinating renewal of the gruelling staying chase. Check out the latest Betfair Chase odds here.

2020 Betfair Chase Odds


Name
Odds
Lostintranslation5/4
Bristol De Mai15/8
Clan Des Obeaux5/2
Bellshill25/1
Keeper Hill33/1

*Odds taken from Betfair on 18/11/20*

2020 Betfair Chase Runners

Sitting atop the betting we find Lostintranslation, who held off Bristol De Mai in a thrilling battle after the final flight to win this 12 months ago. Colin Tizzard’s charge then flopped in the King George VI Chase and had to be nursed back to health in time for Cheltenham. Despite Tizzard’s horses all running flat at the Festival, Lostintranslation ran a blinder in the Gold Cup, where he looked the most likely winner after the last, only to be passed by Al Boum Photo and Santini on the run to the line.

Bristol De Mai had won the previous two runnings of the Betfair Chase prior to his defeat in 2019. Daryl Jacob’s mount ran his usual race that day, but simply couldn’t pass Lostintranslation, going down by just over a length. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge then pushed Santini in the Cotswold Chase, despite a terrible round of jumping, before rounding off his season with a ninth-place finish on his third crack at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Paul Nicholls has decided to send Clan Des Obeaux to Haydock, before going for a third King George at Kempton. Harry Cobden’s mount could only finish fourth here in 2018, where he looked a little rusty on his first start of the season. The King George is the number one priority for Clan Des Obeaux, and he always needs a run at the start of the season. While he’s certainly respected, I can’t see him being geared up to win.

Former Irish and Punchestown Gold Cup winner, Bellshill makes his first start for Sandy Thompson at Haydock this weekend. Willie Mullins decided to move this ten-year-old on after he failed to finish within 15-lengths of the winner on any of his four starts last season. Bellshill is much more effective going right-handed and his record is better on good ground. I can’t see this sort of challenge suiting him.

The final runner in Saturday’s main event will be Keeper Hill. Warren Greatrex’s nine-year-old won here at Haydock last season, but was beaten 18-lengths on his reappearance in the Charlie Hall, and will likely get outclassed on his first start at the highest level over fences.

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Bristol De Mai has won four of his five starts around Haydock, and has only been beaten by once when the ground has been worse than soft. (Getty)

2020 Betfair Chase Tips

Lostintranslation didn’t outclass BRISTOL DE MAI here last season, he actually outstayed him, something I wasn’t expecting to see. Robbie Power, who had ridden his mount cold out the back, hit the front a little too soon, but still managed to repel Nigel Twiston-Davies’ star, proving beyond doubt that he’s one of the best three-milers in the sport.

Out of the two, Lostintranslation is certainly the best, and I think he has a massive chance of challenging again at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. Yet, there are several reasons why I think Bristol De Mai is the one to side with on Saturday.

First, you have to look at the weather forecast in the Haydock area. If the Met Office is to be believed, it’s due to rain all day on Friday, and more rain will hit the track on Saturday. The going is already described as soft, so there’s a strong chance that will ease even further before the off.

That greatly favours Bristol De Mai, whose record on heavy ground is exceptionally strong. Add in the fact that Daryl Jacob’s mount always runs comes here fresh, and Lostintranslation already had a run under his belt at Carlisle when he lowered the defending champion’s colours last year.

This is Bristol De Mai’s Gold Cup. He simply loves running at this venue, and the prospect of heavy ground will surely see Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge pushed into favouritism by the time the race rolls around. I love Lostintranslation, but I think Bristol De Mai will be suited better by the conditions on Saturday.
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Verdict

The weather will play a vital role in proceedings on Saturday, and the prospect of heavy ground certainly puts the ball in Bristol De Mai's court. Better jump on now while he remains the 15/8 second-favourite.

2020 Betfair Chase Tips: Bristol De Mai Straight Win @188.00 at BetMGM - 20 Units

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