Bristol De Mai Seeks To Emulate Kauto Star As Four-Time Betfair Chase Winner | Racing news


Nigel Twiston-Davies has Bristol De Mai perfect ahead of his bid for a fourth Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday.

Gray has been a dominant force in the race for the past four seasons, scoring consecutive victories in 2017 and 2018 before retaining the title last year after a second place behind Lostintranslation in 2020.

Haydock is usually Twiston-Davies’ first port of call with the hugely popular gelding, which has been campaigning in racing for the past three years and will do so again having not been seen since its Grand National run at Aintree.

The coach reports that the horse has had a good summer and is in peak fitness ahead of his title defense over the weekend.

“He was here in the summer and he was very happy,” he said.

“He’s in great shape, I couldn’t be happier really.

“It’s easy to get fit, that’s her beauty and we’re all ready and ready to go. The year we were second was the year we really struggled, had lameness and not enough came. 100 percent. “

There have been no such setbacks this time around and Twiston-Davies hopes the 10-year-old’s fitness will prove invaluable as he faces what appears to be a particularly competitive line-up that includes Henry’s Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up. de Bromhead One more delay.

“He looks as hot as ever, but the one thing he always has in his favor is that he’s an easy horse to get into shape. Will they all be fit like him?” He said.

“It’s great for the race and great for all of us, we hope we can beat them.”

Bristol De Mai has a particularly solid record at Haydock, with his 2019 defeat at Betfair Chase, his only track defeat in six runs.

“He likes to be able to lead the races and it’s a very simple track, there are two long straights and easy corners – he can just go out and do his thing,” explained Twiston-Davies.

“There are no races for him in Newbury or places like that, but I’m sure he would have been just as good there, he was good around Wetherby. A flat track where he can really dominate them seems to suit him.”

Equally suited to him is his jockey Daryl Jacob, who has ridden him in all but two of his 36 career beginnings, only relinquishing the reins to Twiston-Davies’ son Sam on one occasion and French rider Arnaud Duchene when Bristol De Mai won at Auteuil at the age of three.

“One of the only other people to have ridden him is Sam, Daryl knows him like the back of his hand and they love each other,” said the coach of the partnership.

For all those related to the horse the race is a source of many happy memories, with a record fourth success in the race that will leave Bristol De Mai tied with the great Kauto Star, winner of the Betfair Chase in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

“It would be just great, he will be remembered forever and maybe there would be a race named after him,” Twiston-Davies said of the prospect.

“He’s really, really special. We were lucky enough to have him and The New One together at the same time.

“They were true standard-bearers for the yard and he was exceptional, he hasn’t won the Gold Cup I’ve always wanted yet, but he was third in one.”

The coach also recalled when he was first shown a taste of Bristol De Mai’s potential as three years old in the Grade One Future Champions Final Juvenile Hurdle in Chepstow.

“These are special memories, probably my most special memory was his first ride for us at Chepstow, he got deep ground in the three year hurdle and then we really knew we had a very, very great horse and he didn’t ‘ it hasn’t let us down since, “he said.

“He is a very easy horse to train, he is passionate about how he does his job, he loves his work. He also lives in the field every day and loves it.

“It’s as it sounds, it’s a great show – a happy horse.”

In addition to A Plus Tard, opposition to Bristol De Mai could include Imperial Aura (Kim Bailey), Waiting Patiently (Christian Williams), Royale Pagaille (Venetia Williams), Next Destination (Paul Nicholls), Clondaw Castle (Tom George), Native River (Colin Tizzard) and Chatham Street Lad (Mick Winters).


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