Blackmore to ride A Plus Tard in Betfair Chase


Two Irish contenders to battle it out in first Grade 1 of the British season

Thursday, November 18, 2021
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Rachael Blackmore and A Plus Tard are hoping to team up for more Grade 1 success this weekend


Rachael Blackmore will be in the saddle for A Plus Tard’s return to action this weekend as Henry de Bromhead looks to become the first Irish trainer to land the Betfair Chase, writes Paul Martin.

A Plus Tard’s last outing came in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and saw him beaten by stablemate Minella Indo in a historic De Bromhead one-two.

The seven-year-old heads the list of eight entries for Saturday’s Haydock showpiece and has been installed as the 6/4 favourite as De Bromhead and Blackmore aim to team up for another landmark success on British soil, having already scooped the Champion Hurdle and Aintree Grand National in 2021.

Success would mark a third Grade 1 success in all for A Plus Tard, who had Blackmore on board when winning the Paddy's Rewards Club Loyalty's Dead, Live For Rewards Chase at Leopardstown in December 2019.

 

Competition on Merseyside will come from Bristol De Mai, who is bidding to equal Kauto Star’s record of four victories in the first Grade 1 of the British National Hunt season.

The reigning champion leads a strong British contingent also including Waiting Patiently – making his stable debut for Christian Williams – Royale Pagaille and Next Destination, Paul Nicholls’ representative in a race he has won six times.

A Plus Tard is not the only Irish contender in the field, with Chatham Street Lad also making the trip for Michael Winters, with Sean Quinlan on board for the first time.

Last year’s Caspian Caviar Gold Cup winner returned to action in the JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Chase last month, finishing seventh, and is currently the 40/1 outsider in the biggest Betfair Chase field for seven years.

De Bromhead and Blackmore aim to team up for another landmark success on British soil, having already scooped the Champion Hurdle and Aintree Grand National in 2021 

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