The Leap Forward season is in full swing with Gold Cup hopes starting to re-emerge. NS Betfair Chase in Haydock on saturday is the above feature ITV Racing. Our tipsters have looked at the race and both feel that a fourth win for Bristol De Mai is a bridge too far. All of us horse racing tips can be found on the link.
“Repeat that is enough to win this”
A Plus Tard will reappear in Betfair Chase after being last seen in second place in the Chelteham Gold Cup behind Minella Indo. It will be De Bromhead’s first runner in the race and the acoustic surface has to be perfect for him.
He is the 1st place winner on 2m1f in 2019 so has a lot of speed. He proved his versatility by backing to 3m at Christmas, where he won the Savills Chase and repeating that was enough to win this one.
Reportedly performing extremely well at home, that should be a sign that the team is sending him straight into a major at the start of his first season. He’s still just a seven-year-old, young for a chaser, so there’s more to come – Adrian Wall
“He has a strong blend of speed and stamina”
Hard to argue with the above. Gold Cup runner-up A Plus Tard Bringing by far the best level of desktop form. He has a blend of speed and fitness that is hard to find. Haydock is less of a challenge than it used to be so the ability to travel is an asset above all stamina.
It’s been three years since he made his first appearance in Ireland, never having overcome the obstacles to these connections. As such, he feels like he has existed for many years, but is still only a seven-year-old child. It’s still entirely possible that we haven’t seen the best of him yet, which is a frightening thought for potential opponents all season.
He won’t be quite fit for this goal and Bristol De Mai will look like this is his Gold Cup but even so it will be hard to come up against the Irish driver as his overall form is top and bottom. shoulder on these – Matt Newman
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