Nicky Henderson’s Gold Cup winners Bobs Worth and Long Run are worth a bet in the Betfair Chase at Haydock this afternoon

Bobs Worth reigned supreme last season winning both the Gold Cup and the Hennessy. Today he will take on many of his greatest rivals in what is an excellent renewal of the Betfair Chase at Haydock. Henderson’s other runner the former Champion Long Run was disappointing on his first outing this year finishing a lack lustre fifth in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby. However, that day he hit some of the fences very hard and was in need of a run.

Talk surrounds many of today’s Betfair Chase other runners with Silviniaco Conti, Cue Card and Dynaste attracting a lot of support. Nicholl’s horse fell badly at Cheltenham and will have to bounce back to top form to be a contender. Cue Card was impressive in the Ryanair but may well be found out by the extra distance and higher class of rival. Dynaste was the champion novice last year but is probably still a cut below the Henderson pair.  All things considered Bobs Worth should dominate this classy field.

The Fixed Brush Hurdle (2.25) is a mouthwatering affair in which David Pipe’s Gevrey Chambertin can continue his good record with talented greys in the race. The brother of Grands Crus may be given the most to think about by the Henderson ex-french mare Utopie Des Bordes who has graded form over these obstacles in France. Trustan Times should not be discounted either.

At Ascot the card has cut up badly leaving the Grade Two Amlin 1965 Chase as a match and the Coral Hurdle at a four horse contest. Al Ferof will have a winning debut in the match and Zarkandar should get the better of the highly regarded mare Annie Power.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Bobs Worth (Betfair Chase, Haydock 3.00)

In what looks to be the Gold Cup but in name, Bobs Worth stands out. Supreme last season, once he has his head in front this Gold Cup winner will not be beaten. Question marks surround all of his contenders but not him.

Crockford’s Whisper – Gevrey Chambertin e/w (Haydock 2.25)

Confidence surrounds this brother of Grands Crus and there is no doubt that Pipe knows how to win this race with talented greys.  At each way prices this whisper looks set to make at least the frame in this valuable contest.

Archer’s Selection – Clondaw Kaempfer (Haydock 1.50)

Archer would have known how highly regarded this horse is by connections. A facile winner twice last season but bitterly disappointing at Newbury when pulling up last year. The jockey would have placed faith in a return to form.

Crockford’s Gambles around the courses this afternoon:

Haydock –  Rolling Star (12.45), Gorgehous Lliege e/w (1.15), Clondaw Kaempfer (1.50), Gevrey Chambertin e/w and Utopie Des Bordes e/w (2.25), Bobs Worth and Long Run e/w (3.00), Pigeon Island e/w and Sydney Paget e/w (3.35)

Ascot – Carraig Mor (12.25), Florafern e/w (1.30), Al Ferof (2.05), Zarkandar (2.40) and Viva Colonia (3.15)

Gowran Park – Artic Fire (12.50), Oscars Well (2.30), Dogora (3.05) and Wrong Turn (3.40)

Lingfield – Previous Acclaim (12.20), Sir Robert Cheval (12.55) and Prince of Burma (1.25)

Huntingdon – Go Amwell (2.50) and Fort Worth (3.25)


(Featured Photograph – Nicky Henderson at Newbury by Stuart Rice)

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