Betfair Chase Betting and Odds Focus: Jacob stalks legend Kauto Star's record on Bristol De Mai

Planet Sport have all the latest betting and odds news from Haydock as Bristol De Mai goes after King Kauto's record of four Betfair Chase wins on Saturday, November 20.

Nine runners to take their chance in Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday, November 20

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A Plus Tard (Henry De Bromhead)

Bristol De Mai (Nigel Twiston-Davies)

Chatham Street Lad (Mick Winters)

Clondaw Castle (Tom George)

Imperial Aura (Kim Bailey)

Native River (Colin Tizzard)

Next Destination (Paul Nicholls)

Royale Pagaille (Venetia Williams)

Waiting Patiently (Christian Williams)

Bristol De Mai's star can shine as bright as Kauto's in the Betfair Chase 

Jockey Daryl Jacob is excited by the prospect of Bristol De Mai equalling the superlative Kauto Star's record of four Betfair Chase wins with a Haydock victory on Saturday.

The bold, front-running grey is on the cusp of matching Kauto Star's feat in the Grade One over three miles one and a half furlongs thanks to a succession of brilliant performances.

Jacob has ridden Bristol De Mai in all but one of his 33 races since the grey moved to the Nigel Twiston-Davies stable from Guillaume Macaire in France as a young horse in 2014.

"Kauto Star was one of the all-time greats. He won four Betfair Chases. If this lad can emulate him and do the job he's done it would be some achievement," said Jacob.

However, Jacob fears Henry De Bromhead's A Plus Tard, ridden by Rachael Blackmore, could be a major stumbling block between Bristol De Mai and that landmark triumph.

"It's a very good race. It's probably one of the best races we've had up there for a few years. A Plus Tard is going to be hard to beat," he went on.

"He's a Cheltenham Festival winner (Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase) over two-miles-five and he's a Gold Cup second. He loves good to soft ground. He's going to be very difficult to beat. There are so many conditions in his favour for Saturday."

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Seventh Betfair Chase the Next Destination for Nicholls

Leading British jumps trainer Paul Nicholls has reported his Next Destination in "good shape" for a crack at the Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday.

It is 15 years since the Ditcheat handler first claimed the Haydock showpiece with the brilliant Kauto Star, who is immortalised in bronze on Merseyside having also won the race in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Nicholls also struck gold with Siviniaco Conti, who landed the Grade One prize in 2012 and regained his crown in 2014, and in Next Destination he hopes he has found another major contender.

"He's a high-class horse with good form," Nicholls said on Thursday morning.

"He hasn't got the speed of Kauto Star, who was a one-off, and I'd describe him as more of a Silviniaco Conti-type as he's an out-and-out stayer who gallops forever."

A Grade One-winning hurdler for Willie Mullins in the spring of 2018, Next Destination was not seen on a racecourse again until October of last year when finishing second over hurdles at Wetherby.

The nine-year-old went on to win a Grade Two novice chase at Newbury on his fencing debut, and doubled his tally at Warwick, before finding only Galvin too strong in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham.

Nicholls admits he would prefer conditions were more testing ahead of Next Destination's seasonal reappearance, but has no worries about his fitness.

He added: "He's done his last bit of work this morning, he's in good shape and we're looking forward to the race on Saturday."

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Christian Williams' softly softly approach can pay off with Waiting Patiently

Waiting Patiently's trainer Christian Williams is hopeful that a switch to the Welsh countryside can rejuvenate his talented charge at Grade 1 level.

The 10-year-old was previously campaigned by Malton-based Ruth Jefferson, under whose care he claimed a top-level victory in the 2018 Betfair Ascot Chase and finished second in the 2020 King George VI.

A succession of niggling injuries have left the gelding only lightly raced for his age, with his owner feeling a change of scenery may be of benefit after his pulled-up run in the Bowl Chase at Aintree in April.

"We were very lucky to get him, though it is a shame for Ruth," Williams said.

"The owner came up with the idea that as he doesn't run very often and at his age, it'd probably do him the world of good to have a change in training. We were just lucky with where we're situated to get the phone call."

Williams' stable is located in Ogmore-By-Sea, a Glamorgan village with access to sand dunes and two rivers - natural facilities the trainer takes full advantage of.

"Ultimately we'll find out on the weekend," Williams said of how well Waiting Patiently has settled at his new yard.

"He seems in good form, it took him a few weeks to settle in but we've had him a good four months now and we've done loads of steady, slow work with him.

"We couldn't be happier with him. Obviously a day is a long time in racing and we've four days to go, but we have our fingers crossed that he can get there at the weekend in good form. Up until now, it couldn't have gone any better."

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First leg of Betfair Million bonus up for grabs on Saturday

A mega one million pounds bonus prize hunt starts on Saturday at Haydock with the Betfair Chase.

The Grade One contest is the first leg of the Betfair Million, a three-race series that offers a one million punds prize-money bonus to any horse that can win at Haydock and go on to take the King George VI Chase at Kempton and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Kauto Star is the only ever recipient of the prize, a horse whose record of four Betfair Chase victories could be equalled at the weekend by Nigel Twiston-Davies' ever-popular Bristol De Mai.

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The grey has won the race on three occasions on ground ranging from heavy to good, with going conditions likely to be somewhere in the middle come Saturday.

"We've just gone good to soft, good to places on the hurdle track, the chase track is good to soft," said Tellwright.

"We've had four millimetres of rain over the weekend, I think we're now not going to get much by way of rain but nor equally is much happening in terms of dry.

"It's misty with heavy dews, it's all happening pretty slowly but we're in a really good place."

The race looks likely to be a highly-competitive renewal, with Bristol De Mai poised to challenge for a fourth title and Henry de Bromhead's Gold Cup runner-up A Plus Tard heading the ante-post market.

Ireland have yet to take the trophy home despite fielding a handful of runners since the race's inception in 2005, and Tellwright is keen to host an overseas challenger in order to further cement the contest's status as a top-drawer steeplechase.

"There's no doubt, it is important," he said.

"If it can be done it establishes the race in that elite band of races that draw in horses from the key constituents.

"We would very much like an Irish runner. Kicking King ran in the first running of it, Beef Or Salmon ran and then we've had a few quiet years without an Irish horse, so one would be very welcome."

"It would be great, but there's no clerk who'll count their chickens before they've hatched."

Bailey has an Aura about him for the Betfair Chase

Kim Bailey has won the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Champion Hurdle as a trainer and has high hopes of adding the 2021 Betfair Chase to the silverware.

The veteran jumps trainer is happy to put a line through Imperial Aura's post-Christmas campaign in which he unseated David Bass at Kempton and was then pulled up at the Cheltenham Festival, where he ran in the Ryanair Chase.

A valid excuse emerged for that, however, and Bailey expects a better performance - although the likes A Plus Tard, Bristol De Mai and Champ await on Merseyside.

"At Cheltenham I've never seen horses go that fast in my life and he ended up breaking a blood vessel, probably from the stress of going that quick. But he jumped well at Cheltenham until he got tired," said Bailey.

"He has had a breathing operation over the summer and seems in a really good place. I think you just have to walk away from the second half of last season.

"He has always been a horse that I felt would be better over a longer trip, though he is quite a quick horse. Going back up to three miles shouldn't be a problem. It is a flat track at Haydock and I think the race will suit him.

"Is he good enough? God only knows, but at the end of it he is a very talented individual and he has got serious ability.

"I'm happy with him. I don't know what the opposition will be like yet but I'm hopeful that he will run a big race."

He added: "I very much like to think Imperial Aura will win a Grade One. Whether that is the Betfair Chase, I don't know. I would be delighted if it is, but hopefully there would be one in him at some stage of his career."

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