|Grade 1, Haydock Park 15:00
3m 1f 125y, Class 1
1 A Plus Tard 11/10F
3 Royale Pagaille 13/2
3 Chatham Street Lad 28/1
7 ran NR: Next Destination
Distances: 22l, 22l, 10l
A Plus Tard puts in an assured performance to win the @Betfair Chase for @HenrydeBromhead, @rachaelblackmor and @CPStudOfficial @haydockraces pic.twitter.com/xAFeuYq0xg https://t.co/PA9ReLTEGN via @RacingBetter— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) November 20, 2021
Unlike the rest of the field, the Gold Cup runner-up made no mistakes to win comfortably.
A close second to stablemate Minella Indo in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, the Henry de Bromhead-trained runner was the 11-10 favourite to make a victorious reappearance on Merseyside.
Ridden with supreme confidence by Rachael Blackmore, A Plus Tard settled well off the early pace set by Bristol De Mai and Royale Pagaille and was still cantering in behind as the race really began with four to jump.
Bristol De Mai, a three-times race winner, was the first to really give way, with A Plus Tard making effortless ground to come upsides Royale Pagaille and assume control with the minimum of fuss.
Blackmore barely had to move as A Plus Tard kicked on approaching the second-last, clearing the final obstacle in style to coast home by 22 lengths from Royale Pagaille.
Betfair Chase (registered as the Lancashire Chase)
£200,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 1f 125y, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft
POS. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 A Plus Tard 7 11-7 Henry De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 11/10F
2 22 Royale Pagaille 7 11-7 Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 13/2
3 22 Chatham Street Lad 9 11-7 Michael Winters Sean Quinlan 28/1
4 10 Clondaw Castle 9 11-7 Tom George Jonathan Burke 33/1
PU Bristol De Mai 10 11-7 Nigel Twiston-Davies Daryl Jacob 11/4
PU Waiting Patiently 10 11-7 Christian Williams Brian Hughes 15/2
FELL Imperial Aura 8 11-7 Kim Bailey David Bass 12/1
6 NR Next Destination 9 11-7 Paul Nicholls NON RUNNER