Betfair Chase

The Betfair Chase is by far the most outrageous steeple chase to take place at Haydock Park Racecourse. Although it is officially registered as the Lancashire Chase it is commonly referred to by its sponsorship name only. This race was introduced to the racing calendar in 2005 and it is truly a race for the new generation. Running over the gruelling distance of three miles and littered with eighteen fences - all of them notorious for their high levels of difficulty - the Betfair Chase is guaranteed to deliver breathtaking action every time.

Originally the Betfair Chase was part of an incentive by the bookmaker Betfair called the Betfair Million. This format required a horse to win the Betfair Chase, the King George VI Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in order to qualify for a £1 million bonus. However, this incentive was dropped after the first few years of the running of the Betfair Chase - which has done nothing to diminish the popularity of this outstanding racing event.

The Betfair Chase takes place at Haydock Racecourse and is scheduled every year in mid-November. It is classified as a Grade 1 National Hunt Chase - a status it claimed instantly upon its inauguration. The prize up for grabs in the Betfair Chase as a stand-alone event is worth £200,000 - £112,660 of which go directly to the winner.

Almost as soon as the Betfair Chase burst onto the scene legend in the making Kauto Star has dominated this particular event with three wins since 2006.

Recent Winners of the Betfair Chase:

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer

2009

Kauto Star

9

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

2008

Snoopy Loopy

10

Ben Gordon

Peter Bowen

2007

Kauto Star

7

Sam Thomas

Paul Nicholls

2006

Kauto Star

6

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

2005

Kingscliff

8

Robert Walford

Robert Alner

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