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15:00 Haydock

Soft

Betfair Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Lancashire Chase) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £112540
  • 3m 1f 125y
  • Class 1
  • 4 runners
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Betfair Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Lancashire Chase) (GBB Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00

Form: 5/26F- CD

Last run: 229 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

The positives are the form of his stable and being well suited to Haydock, his career-best performances coming when winning the Peter Marsh Handicap here (3m1f, heavy/soft) in 2021 and 2022; however, he's never really threatened in Grade 1 races (well-beaten second in this two years ago).

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2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Royale Pagaille

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Excelled at his ideal venue in the Betfair Chase (3m1f, soft) two months ago, showing career-best form and taking his Haydock record to 4-5; big player provided he's as effective back at Cheltenham (0-3 here, all Gold Cup defeats).

100/30

1st

4

25th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

Royale Pagaille

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

The positives are the form of his stable and being well suited to Haydock, his career-best performances coming when winning the Peter Marsh Handicap here (3m1f, heavy/soft) in 2021 and 2022; however, he's never really threatened in Grade 1 races (well-beaten second in this two years ago).

8/1

Form: 1123-2 C BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 172

Form & Verdict

Superb campaign last season, winning the King George at Kempton (3m, soft) prior to an excellent second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup (3m2f, soft); runner-up on reappearance in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby (3m, soft) three weeks ago but still ran well and shaped as though he'd improve for the outing; won on sole visit to Haydock; the one to beat if at his best.

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6th

2

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Bravemansgame

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Last season's King George winner (3m, soft) and Gold Cup second (3m2f, soft) who hasn't hit the same heights this term, coming fifth in the Gold Cup last month; however, he showed considerable spark when second in the King George (3m, good) and perhaps cheekpieces will be a plus; not ruled out.

9/1

5th

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Bravemansgame

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Had an easy task in the King George (3m, soft; acts on good) last winter once L'Homme Presse had unseated at the final fence but he couldn't raise the same gallop as Galopin Des Champs when runner-up in this race next time; has had excuses since, bordering on being unlucky in the King George on Boxing Day when badly hampered two out and unable to resist the winner's late dash; very willing but unlikely to be good enough to win.

14/1

2nd

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Bravemansgame

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Triumphed in this race last year on the back of a reappearance win in the Charlie Hall, and he was a highly creditable second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March; not at his very best when runner-up on his two runs this term, in the Charlie Hall then the Betfair Chase, and he needs to raise his game, but he's a major player if rediscovering last season's peak form.

2/1

Form: 5411-5 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Won the Ultima at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) in March for the second year running and followed up in the Grand National (4m2f, soft); idled in front each time which suggests he could have more left in the tank form-wise, and his comeback defeat at Kelso last month is of little concern given his previous reappearance record; however, he needs a clear career best today.

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7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Corach Rambler

11st 6lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Sole run on heavy was a win on rules debut; tasted success at two Cheltenham Festivals, coming from well off the pace, before the even sweeter prize of this race last year when he was never far away and had zero alarms before some idling in front after grabbing total control at the final fence (much earlier than usual); last month's Cheltenham Gold Cup (soft) seemed to show the ceiling of his ability, when it looked exceedingly hard work for him from the final fence, but that was while finishing an excellent third with career-best form; 13lb higher than last year but still well in and should go well if the Gold Cup did not make him dig too deep.

7/1

3rd

2

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Corach Rambler

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Has an unconventional streak but his spring form in the last two seasons cannot be faulted, having won the Ultima in 2022 and 2023 (3m1f; good to soft and soft) and the Grand National (4m2f) in some style last April, despite taking up the running further from home than usual; the limit of his ability has yet to be established and it would be no surprise to see him loom up late on.

12/1

3rd

2

25th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

Corach Rambler

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Won the Ultima at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) in March for the second year running and followed up in the Grand National (4m2f, soft); idled in front each time which suggests he could have more left in the tank form-wise, and his comeback defeat at Kelso last month is of little concern given his previous reappearance record; however, he needs a clear career best today.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 4/145- CD

Last run: 253 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 166

Form & Verdict

Not quite at his best at Cheltenham on final two runs last season; benefited from A Plus Tard flopping when winning this race on reappearance last year (soft) but was nevertheless impressive on the back of wind surgery and he returns this season having had another wind op; respected.

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7

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Protektorat

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Registered a Grade 1 win over 2m4f at this meeting three years ago; campaigned mostly at further since but proved well suited by the drop back to this distance in the Ryanair at Cheltenham (soft) four weeks ago, staying on strongly to beat Envoi Allen by 4l going away; unexposed at this trip in open company and holds major claims.

11/4

1st

10

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Protektorat

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Can front-run; flopped when bidding for a second success in the Betfair Chase (3m1f); back in better form (over 2m6f-3m2f) since, most recently third in Newbury Grade 2 (half a length behind Hitman on worse terms); ran respectably in the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the last two years; has the class to play a major role, provided he copes with this drop back in trip; has not raced over 2m4f since 2021.

8/1

3rd

1

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:05 Newbury

Protektorat

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

took keen hold, led, faced challenge after 4 out, headed 3 out, soon lost second, no chance with winner but rallied from last

9/4

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Straight Forecast £96.30
Trifecta £274.00

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