It is somewhat refreshing to see many of the biggest guns in the champion staying division locking horns so early in the season in the Betfair Chase, but the hierarchy is unlikely to change from the last campaign, with Bobs Worth running out the winner again.
And Ladbrokes is the place to back a Bobs Worth victory in the Betfair Chase, with the firm offering the best price on this eventuality at 9/4.
Winners of the previous year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup have a commendable record in this Haydock showpiece, with three of the five attempts to do the double proving successful. The two non-winners finished second and third.
Bobs Worth is known to have a love affair with Cheltenham, securing victories on all five starts at the course. The uphill run-in is where he normally makes his class count.
Three-time Ladbrokes World Hurdle winner Inglis Drever is a prime example of a horse that failed to replicate his Cheltenham form at other courses.
However, Bobs Worth did win the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury last November and the decision to run the Betfair Chase on Haydock’s flatter course this year, over an extra 1f because of drainage issues with the normal course, should be to his advantage.
Furthermore, Bobs Worth’s Hennessy win marked the third campaign in succession where he triumphed on his seasonal reappearance.
Of his main rivals, Silviniaco Conti (9/4) won the Betfair Chase last year, but the slightly enhanced distance will not be to his advantage, as he has never previously won over a distance beyond 3m.
The same is true of Cue Card (7/1), who is not really proven beyond 2m4f, Dynaste (6/1) still has something to find with the chief protagonists here in his first run out of novice company and Long Run (10/1) has everything to prove after running a shocker in the Charlie Hall Chase.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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