A Plus Tard eyes Haydock Grade 1 Betfair Chase glory

By Andrew Atkinson

Haydock Park features the Grade 1 Betfair Chase over 3 miles 1 furlong on Saturday on the seven racecard meeting.

Henry De Bromhead trained seven-year-old A Plus Tard, with Rachael Blackmore up, is tipped to win by fromthehorsesmouth.info.

A Plus Tard returns to action after finishing second to stablemate Minella Indo in the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Festival in March.

Noted runners include Bristol De Mai, vying to equal Kauto Star’s record of four wins in the Grade 1, having been victorious last season.

Royale Pagaille, who finished sixth in the Gold Cup, Waiting Patiently, Clondaw Castle, Caspian Caviar, Chatham Street Lad and Imperial Aura are amongst runners.

Paul Nicholls saddles Sonigino (12.10) Haydock Park.

Paul Nicholls saddles nine-year-old Next Destination, returning to the fold after finishing second behind Galvin in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

“He’s a Grade 1 winner over hurdles. If he hadn’t had injuries in the past he probably would have been running in a race like this when he was younger,” said Nicholls.

“We always rated him highly – I think he’ll run very well – we’ve won it six times and we’d love to win it again.

“We’re putting our toe in the water in top-class company and we’re looking forward to the challenge,” said Nicholls.

Nicholls saddles Bravemansgame (1.50) tipped to land the Betfair Graduation Chase over 2m 5f with Harry Cobden up.

Captain Drake (12.40) trained by Harry Fry and ridden by Lorcan Murtagh, claiming 3lbs, is tipped each-way at 10-1 in the C3 Betfair Stayers Handicap Chase over 3m 4f.

Tommy’s Oscar (1.15) with Danny McMenamin up, is tipped each-way (10-1) in the C2 Betfair Handicap Hurdle over 2m 2f.

Fergal O’Brien trained Ask Dillon (2.25) is tipped each-way by fromthehorsesmouth.info at 14-1 in the Grade 3 Betfair Stayers Handicap Hurdle over 3m.

Carrying 11st 7lbs eight years old Ask Dillon has Peter Kavanagh claiming a noted 7lbs in the saddle.

Rightplacerightime is also worthy of each-way support under a light weight of 10st 2lbs.

Christian Williams saddles Potters Corner (3.35) tipped each-way in the C2 Betfair Handicap Chase over 3m 1f with Adam Wedge up.


  • A Plus Tard Rachael Blackmore
  • Bristol De Mai Daryl Jacob
  • Chatham Street Lad Sean Quinlan
  • Clondaw Castle Jonathan Burke
  • Imperial Aura David Bass
  • Next Destination Harry Cobden
  • Royale Pagaille Charlie Deutsch
  • Waiting Patiently Brian Hughes

Betfair Chase betting: 6-4 A Plus Tard, 10-3 Bristol De Mai, 5 Next Destination, 11-2 Waiting Patiently, 9 Royale Pagaille, 12 Imperial Aura, 33 Clondaw Castle, Chatham Street Lad

HAYDOCK PARK fromthehorsesmouth.info selections: 12.10 Sonigino. 12.40 Captain Drake (ew). 1.15 Tommy’s Oscar (ew). 1.50 Bravemansgame. 2.25 Ask Dillon (ew); Rightplacerightime (ew). 3.00 A Tard Plus. 3.35 Potters Corner (ew).

ASCOT – Hobbs Chanelle Pharma tilt

Philip Hobbs trained eight year old Defi Du Seuil is tipped to land the Grade 2 Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase over 2m 5f at Ascot on Saturday.

Jeremy Scott trained Dashel Drasher makes his seasonal debut in the Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase, with jockey Rex Dingle replacing Matt Griffiths sidelined following a car crash.

Grade 1 winner Lostintranslation, trained by Colin Tizzard, also goes to post.

Sam Twiston-Davies is up on Jazz King (12.20) tipped to win. Paul Nicholls saddles Jeremy Pass (12.55) under Bryony Frost, tipped to win. Shantou Sunset (1.30) trained by Philip Hobbs is tipped each-way.

Buzz (2.40) ridden by Nico De Boineville and trained by Nicky Henderson is tipped to land the Coral Hurdle. Also noted going to post are Goshen and Song For Someone.

Jonjo O’Neill trained Sky Pirate (3.15) carries top weight of 11st 12lbs tipped each-way. Emma Lavelle saddles Dream In The Park (3.50) selected each-way.

ASCOT fromthehorsesmouth.info selections: 12.20 Jazz King. 12.55 Jeremy Pass. 1.30 Shantou Sunset (ew). 2.05 Defi Du Seuil. 2.40 Buzz. 3.15 Sky Pirate (ew). 3.50 Dream In The Park (ew).

Caption: Philip Hobbs saddles Defi Du Seuil (2.05) Ascot.