Bris­tol De Mai to face three in bid for Bet­fair hat-trick

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BRIS­TOL DE MAI and Lostin­trans­la­tion are two of just four run­ners de­clared for the Bet­fair Chase at Hay­dock.

Hav­ing claimed the first Grade One prize of the Bri­tish Na­tional Hunt sea­son in each of the last two sea­sons, the Nigel Twis­ton-Davies­trained Bris­tol De Mai is a short­priced favourite to com­plete the hat-trick on Mersey­side to­mor­row.

The pop­u­lar grey is aim­ing to be­come the third three-time win­ner af­ter the great Kauto Star – who claimed four renewals be­tween 2006 and 2011 – and Cue Card (2013, 2015 and 2016).

Cue Card’s for­mer trainer Colin Tiz­zard this year re­lies on Lostin­trans­la­tion. A top-class novice last sea­son, the seven-yearold made a per­fect start to his cam­paign at Carlisle three weeks ago and is widely con­sid­ered the big­gest threat to the de­fend­ing cham­pion.

Paul Ni­cholls, who has sad­dled a record six win­ners of the Bet­fair

Chase, with Kauto Star’s tri­umphs sup­ple­mented by the two wins of Sil­vini­aco Conti in 2012 and 2014, is rep­re­sented by Frodon.

The small but se­lect field is com­pleted by Bris­tol De Mai’s Char­lie Hall Chase-win­ning sta­ble­mate Bal­ly­op­tic.

How­ever, a max­i­mum field was de­clared for the Bet­fair Best Odds On ITV Races Stay­ers’ Hand­i­cap Hur­dle, with ante-post favourite Um­bri­gado one of 17 run­ners.

The five-year-old rep­re­sents trainer

David Pipe and owner John White, who were suc­cess­ful in the race in 2011 with Dy­naste. Pipe has also won to­mor­row’s big hand­i­cap with Grands Crus and Gevrey Cham­bertin.

Um­bri­gado lost his un­beaten record when he was last seen fin­ish­ing sixth be­hind Re­serve Tank in Grade One novice com­pany at Ain­tree.

Head­ing the weights is Nicky Martin’s 10-year-old Sykes, who will be giv­ing 5lb and more to the rest of the field.

Bris­tol De Mai is a short-priced favourite to win Bet­fair Chase again

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