Bristol de Mai has a fantastic record at Haydock and has won the last two editions of the Betfair Chase. His best form sets the standard but he faces an exciting up-and-coming chaser in Lostintranslation and may have to settle for second behind that top-notch prospect.
Lostintranslation displayed some strong form last season, engaging in three thrilling contests with Defi du Seuil before gaining a deserved Grade 1 success in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree, where he relished the step up in trip.
He made a pleasing reappearance at Carlisle this month, jumping superbly to score with loads in hand, and we have yet to see everything he has to offer.
Winning pointer Know The Score showed fairly useful form over hurdles last season, but he has already proved to be a better chaser. He underwent a breathing operation during the summer and returned from seven months off to make a winning start over fences at Worcester, digging deep under pressure to prevail.
Chasing seems to be his game and he remains open to further improvement in this sphere, while the good form of the David Pipe yard is another positive.
Back To The Thatch shaped with promise on his reappearance at Cheltenham last month and is expected to take a big step forward for the in-form Henry Daly yard. He looks well treated based on last year’s runner-up effort at this course, where he was beaten only by one who had slipped in the weights.
He pulled well clear of the third that day and should go close if running to a similar level here. He’s only a seven-year-old and is relatively lightly-raced by staying chaser standards, so makes plenty of appeal. Burtons Well overcame a long absence to make a winning return last month and is entitled to respect.
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