Anticipation is building ahead of the Betfair Chase later this week, which is the first leg of the Staying Chasers Triple Crown. The race will be taking place at Haydock Racecourse over a distance of 3 miles and 1 1/2 furlongs, in which horses will jump nineteen fences in total. Here we cover the two leading contenders for the race, looking to land the contest before following up in the King George and Cheltenham Gold Cup, which leads to the £1 million bonus for connections.
Bristol De Mai
The general 5/4 favourite is Bristol De Mai, who will be looking for his third victory in succession in the race. The horse has continued to prove a popular selection with punters using the New Jersey horse betting offers, which is little surprise considering his record in the race. He is now an eight-year-old and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and is unbeaten in his four starts at Haydock.
The horse really comes alive at the track, that includes his impressive four length victory in the 2018 running of the Betfair Chase. In 2017 it was a similar story when running out a 57 length winner over the likes of Cue Card and Outlander. Bristol De Mai also ran a huge race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, when placing third, having looked the winner coming to the second last. If he brings his top form to Haydock again, then he is going to take the world of beating, with testing conditions only adding to his chances.
Next in the betting at a general 6/4 is the Colin Tizzard-trained seven-year-old, Lostintranslation. He has returned this season with a breath taking round of jumping to land a listed race at Carlisle and all roads are now on to the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March. Lostintranslation continued to improve last season that culminated in the six length beating of Topofthegame in the Grade One Betway Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree. He also ran second in the JLT Novices' Chase at the festival, when still in the lead having jumped the last. If he can continue to improve then he also rates a solid contender for the Betfair Chase, with his fitness assured having already made his comeback.