Betfair Chase 2021 runner-by-runner guide to Saturday 15.00 at Haydock

How do we rate the eight set to go to post?

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A great field of eight has been declared for the Betfair Chase 2021 at Haydock Park on Saturday, December 4.

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Bristol De Mai will attempt to emulate the legendary Kauto Star by winning the Grade 1 contest for a fourth time to add to previous successes in 2017, 2018 and 2020. Despite the popular grey’s incredible track record, Cheltenham Gold Cup second A Plus Tard heads Paddy Power’s betting market for the Betfair Chase 2021.

We’ve run the rule over the runners and riders in the Betfair Chase 2021 to aid your punting picks for Saturday’s slog over 3m 2f at Haydock, and you’ll find the latest odds for the big race via our snazzy widgets below.

A Plus Tard

Trainer: Henry de Bromhead Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Age: 7

Top-class Irish chaser who bagged Grade 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown before fine second in Cheltenham Gold Cup last term. Fluent jumper. Yard among the winners, so he’s very much the one to beat.

Bristol De Mai

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Jockey: Daryl Jacob Age: 10

Likeable grey who landed this event for the third time in 4 years 12 months ago with a typically brave front-running display. Hails from an in-form yard too, so he must enter calculations once more.

Chatham Street Lad

Trainer: Michael Winters Jockey: Sean Quinlan Age: 9

Made up into a very smart chaser last term when bagging four wins. Only seventh in 3m Limerick handicap on his seasonal return though and he has lots to find on form here.

Clondaw Castle

Trainer: Tom George Jockey: Jonathan Burke Age: 9

Progressed well last term and signed off with good second in Betway Bowl at Aintree. Not disgraced when third in Charlie Hall at Wetherby on his return but this demands a clear personal best.

Imperial Aura

Trainer: Kim Bailey Jockey: David Bass Age: 8

Looked a top-class chaser in making when emphatic winner in Grade 2 at Ascot 12 months ago but pulled up in Ryanair at Cheltenham (bled). Back after a wind op, so no surprise to see him bounce back.

Next Destination

Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Harry Cobden Age: 9

Grade 1 hurdler who quickly made a big impact chasing for his new yard, winning twice before runner-up in National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham. Cheekpieces on. Has more to offer, and needs considering.

Royale Pagaille

Trainer: Venetia Williams Jockey: Charlie Deutsch Age: 7

Made massive strides last season and scored most impressively here in Peter Marsh. Didn’t jump so well as usual when below-par sixth in Cheltenham Gold Cup and his best form has come in the mud too.

Waiting Patiently

Trainer: Christian Williams Jockey: Brian Hughes Age: 10

Top-class chaser in 2018, but winless since and he didn’t prove so good last term, pulled up in Aintree’s Betway Bowl on his final start. Not discounted though if yard switch sparks a revival.

Timeform Verdict: A PLUS TARD holds a clear edge on form and is fancied to become the first Irish-trained victor of this Grade 1 and thwart Bristol De Mai’s bid for a record-equalling fourth success. Nigel Twiston-Davies has his string in great nick though, so his course specialist seems sure to push Henry de Bromhead’s Gold Cup runner-up close. Next Destination and Imperial Aura look the pick of the rest.

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