The Betfair Chase is a Grade 1 steeplechase over three miles and one furlong which is open to horses aged five and older and is traditionally held at Haydock Park on the last Saturday in November. Inaugurated in 2005, the most successful horse in the race’s short history is Kauto Star, with four wins, followed by Cue Card, who has three wins.
The race is also the first leg of Jump racing’s Triple Crown, which continues at Kempton Park on Boxing Day with the King George VI Chase, and concludes with the Cheltenham Gold Cup the following March. The only horse to complete Jump racing’s Triple Crown is Kauto Star in the 2006/07 season, who in doing so triggered a £1 million bonus at the time from Betfair.
2018 Betfair Chase Entries (correct as of 07/11/2018)
Bristol De Mai
Clan des Obeaux
Un Temps Pour Tout
Native River and Might Bite, the two highest-rated staying chasers in training (172 and 171 respectively, on Timeform ratings), headline 14 entries revealed today for the £200,000 Betfair Chase at Haydock Park on Saturday, November 24, Betfair Chase Day.
The first G1 of the British Jump season is also the initial contest in The Jockey Club Chase Triple Crown, which offers a £1-million bonus for any horse who can follow up victory in the Betfair Chase by taking the G1 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and the G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup at Cheltenham on March 15.
Native River, trained by Colin Tizzard on the Dorset/Devon border and owned by Brocade Racing, ended the 2017/2018 campaign as Cheltenham Gold Cup winner and Timeform's highest rated staying chaser, following a thrilling all-the-way victory over Might Bite.
The eight-year-old was restricted to just two appearances last term, also winning the G2 Betfair Denman Chase for a second time at Newbury in February, and is a 5/2 chance with Betfair to make a winning seasonal return in the Betfair Chase.
Joe Tizzard, assistant to his father Colin, revealed: "Native River is in really good form. The plan is to run to Haydock in the Betfair Chase and we are really pleased with him.
"He has come back into the yard and he actually looks bigger and stronger than he has ever looked before.
"Native River came back into the yard two weeks after everything else, because he was due to run later than some of our other horses.
"We will run him slightly more this year as injury held us up until the second half of the season with him last time so we could only really focus on the Gold Cup.
"He is not ground dependent and, a bit like a lot of the top-class horses, he can handle any ground.
"If he won the Betfair Chase at Haydock, there is the £1-million bonus and that might tempt us to run him in the King George at Kempton. A spring campaign would be followed with another tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup as his target.
"It was amazing to win the Gold Cup and we are going to try and win another one!
"This season, we can target four or five races, including maybe Aintree or Punchestown if he came out of Cheltenham well.
"Native River didn't win an Irish point-to-point or a bumper. Every time we have run him, he has improved and become a better horse - we don't think he's stopped improving.
"We think there is still more to come, which is exciting."
Prior to his Cheltenham reversal, Might Bite had captured the 32Red King George VI Chase and the Nicky Henderson-trained nine-year-old ended last campaign with an emphatic win in the G1 Betway Bowl at Aintree in April. He is also a 5/2 with Betfair to notch up a fifth G1 victory in the Betfair Chase.
Other leading Betfair Chase entries include Bristol De Mai (Nigel Twiston-Davies, Betfair's 9/4 Favourite), who powered to a 57-length victory in last season's renewal and was runner-up to Might Bite in the Betway Bowl.
Bristol De Mai winning the 2017 Betfair Chase
Native River's stable companion Thistlecrack (16/1) looked to have the world at his feet after winning the 32Red King George VI Chase as a novice in 2016, but has made just three subsequent starts, most recently when finishing fourth behind Might Bite in the Kempton Park highlight last season.
An Irish-trained horse has yet to win the Betfair Chase, but Ireland's champion owner Gigginstown House Stud is responsible for four entries this year including the Gordon Elliott-trained Shattered Love (14/1), successful in the G1 JLT Novices' Chase at The Festival™ in March.
Elliott may also be represented by last year's third Outlander (50/1) and Don Poli (25/1), both G1 winners over fences, while lightly-raced seven-year-old Disko (25/1), twice successful at G1 level as a novice chaser, could line up for Noel Meade.
Paul Nicholls has dominated the Betfair Chase with six victories in the extended three mile, one furlong contest and the Somerset-based trainer has three contenders - G1 32Red Kauto Star Novices' Chase winner Black Corton (33/1), Betway Bowl third Clan Des Obeaux (16/1) and Politologue (12/1), who captured Aintree's G1 JLT Melling Chase on his latest outing and could step up in trip.
The entries are completed by G1 Betway Mildmay Novices' Chase second Ms Parfois (Anthony Honeyball, 33/1), G2 BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase runner-up American (Harry Fry, 33/1) and Un Temps Pour Tout (David Pipe, 33/1), a dual winner of the G3 Ultima Handicap Chase at The Festival™ who missed last season.
Betfair spokesman Barry Orr commented today: "The entries look really strong with Native River and Might Bite renewing rivalry.
"Add last year's winner, Bristol De Mai, Clan Des Obeaux, and the four Irish entries headed by the JLT winner Shattered Love and it all adds up to a vintage renewal for the 14th running of the famous race.
"Last year's winner Bristol De Mai currently heads the betting at 9/4 just ahead of old foes, Might Bite and Native River, who are both 5/2.
"In terms of the Triple Crown, at 20/1, we rate Might Bite as the most likely to emulate Kauto Star and win a £1 million bonus with Native River a 33/1 chance."
Betfair Chase Day also features the £100,000 G3 Betfair Exchange Stayers' Handicap Hurdle, won last year by subsequent G1 Long Walk Hurdle victor Sam Spinner.
Paul Nicholls – 6 wins
Kauto Star (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011), Silviniaco Conti (2012, 2014)
Betfair Chase Top Jockey
Ruby Walsh – 4 wins
Kauto Star (2006, 2009, 2011), Silviniaco Conti (2012)
Ruby Walsh – The most successful jockey in the Betfair Chase, winning the race for a third time aboard Kauto Star (right) in 2009
Betfair Chase Racecard
Betfair Chase day is one of the most prestigious days of Haydock’s season, and features several other valuable races on the card, including:
Newton Novices’ Hurdle – a listed hurdle race for novices over one mile and seven furlongs
Graduation Chase – a class 2 steeplechase for chasers who may have recently left the novices’ division over 2 miles and five furlongs
Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle – a Grade 3 handicap hurdle race held over two miles and six furlong
Cue Card’s connections with winning jockey Paddy Brennan after winning the 2016 renewal
Betfair Chase Betting
There is a big interest in National Hunt racing, both from casual and more serious punters, and as such, there is a large number of bets placed on the Betfair Chase both online and in betting shops – also known as bookies - in the UK & Ireland. The Betfair Chase is usually shown on ITV and it is usually watched by a big audience.
Betfair Chase Free Bets & Betting Offers
As with any big race, the top online bookies like Paddy Power and in particular Betfair will have Betfair Chase Free Bets and Betfair Chase Betting Offers. Often the bookies will give you an enhanced price on one of the favourites, or they may offer a Bet Through The Card – get free bets when you bet on the first race of the card at Haydock on Betfair Chase Day. Either way, we have you covered here with the best sign-up offer and betting specials for the Betfair Chase.
Betfair Chase Runners & Form
Timeform is your best bet for finding the winner of the Betfair Chase. When the race card for Betfair Chase day is available over on our Races page, you will be able to find the latest form and insight on all of the Betfair Chase runners from the team of expert tipsters at Timeform. Our Betfair Chase runner-by-runner guides will be available on our website and on our mobile app.
Betfair Chase Tips
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Betfair Chase Latest News, Odds & Results
Follow all the build up to the Betfair Chase on the News pages at Timeform. Whether you are after the latest betting odds, market movers, going updates and non-runners, plus the latest from the stables of the top horses for the Betfair, you’ll find it right here. Simply want to know which horse was first past the post? Then go to our Results page to get the latest Betfair Chase day Results
Betfair Chase Past Winners – since its inauguration in 2005