Betfair Chase 2019 Analysis
15:00 at Haydock on 23rd November
With a first prize of over £100,000 and a potential £1 million bonus to win for any horse that can win this, the King George, and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, it’s amazing to think there are only four runners.
The likes of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott haven’t sent over any of their army of top-class horses, whilst even Nicky Henderson hasn’t got a runner, but that won’t bother the connections of Ballyoptic, Frodon, Lostintranslation, or Bristol De Mai.
Ballyoptic is the outsider of the quartet and he has 11lb to find on official ratings. But he’s been in great form this season. Following a handicap win at Chepstow with a Grade 2 in the Charlie Hall Chase. However, he meets potentially better rivals here, all of whom like to race prominently. He was also receiving 4lb from runner-up Elegant Escape last time, whilst Frodon was giving that horse 2lb when winning last year’s Cotswald Chase.
Frodon loves to get on with it in the hands of Bryony Frost and last year’s Ryanair winner may have the speed to lead this quartet in the early stages. He also proved his stamina when winning the Cotswald Chase, whilst he was also an impressive winner over hurdles on his one previous visit to Haydock.
Lostintranslation is the talking horse of teh race and last season’s leading three-mile novice chaser again looked good when winning first time out. But the runner-up Count Meribel didn’t boost the form next time. Lostintranslation also only beat Top Ville Ben by just over six-lengths at Aintree last season and that horse was beaten out of sight by Ballyoptic last time, suggesting Lostintranslation is no certainty to find the 10lb needed to beat Bristol De Mai.