Betfair Chase tips and runner-by-runner guide to Haydock 3.00 on Saturday

A Plus Tard is back for more.

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*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

A Plus Tard faces four rivals in his bid to defend the Betfair Chase at 15:00 on Saturday.

Haydock’s Grade 1 was the starting point for last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning campaign and trainer Henry De Bromhead is eager to repeat the trick.

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Protektorat was 17½l behind A Plus Tard in Jumps racing’s Blue Riband event but testing conditions could suit Dan Skelton’s charge this time, while Bristol De Mai bids to land the race for a record-equalling fourth time. Charlie Hall second Eldorado Allen and Badger Beer winner Frodon complete the field.

Betfair Chase odds can be found on the Paddy Power website, Paddy Power app or via our snazzy betting widgets, otherwise a horse-by-horse guide to the runners and betting tips are below.

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Betfair Chase runners

A Plus Tard

Trainer: Henry De Bromhead Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Age: 8 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Top-notch Irish chaser who landed this event 12 months ago by 22 lengths. Signed off for last term with impressive success in Cheltenham Gold Cup and this fine jumper will be hard to beat on his return.

*****

Bristol De Mai

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Jockey: Daryl Jacob Age: 11 Weight: 11st 10lbs

Three-time winner of this event and he ran another cracker here when runner-up under a big weight in Grand National Trial in February. Goes well fresh and can’t be ruled out.

***

Eldorado Allen

Trainer: Joe Tizzard Jockey: Brendan Powell Age: 8 Weight: 11st 10lbs

High-class chaser who landed Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter and Denman Chase at Newbury last season. Resumed with good second to Bravemansgame in Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby so must enter calculations.

***

Frodon

Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Bryony Frost Age: 10 Weight: 11st 10lbs

High-class front-running chaser under this rider who returned after a wind op with ready win in Badger Beer Handicap at Wincanton a fortnight ago. This demands plenty more but he’s hard to totally dismiss.

****

Protektorat

Trainer: Dan Skelton Jockey: Harry Skelton Age: 7 Weight: 11st 10lbs

High-class chaser who posted an excellent third to A Plus Tard in Cheltenham Gold Cup last season. May do better still this term and looks the one to chase home the favourite on return after a breathing operation.

****

Betfair Chase tips

Timeform: A PLUS TARD took this contest in fine style 12 months ago and the reigning Gold Cup winner is impossible to oppose on his reappearance with conditions seemingly ideal for this fine-jumping strong-travelling chaser. Gold Cup third Protektorat appeals as the one best equipped to chase home Henry de Bromhead’s top-notcher ahead of Charlie Hall runner-up Eldorado Allen and the most likeable duo Bristol de Mai and Frodon.

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

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