Bravemansgame 1/12.00 on Betfair Sportsbook
Last year's winner Protektorat now 11/82.38 second fav
Grand National winner Corach Rambler among rivals
Shishkin to skip Haydock in favour of Ascot
It was revealed on Tuesday morning by trainer Nicky Henderson that his star chaser Shishkin will instead take up his entry at Ascot instead of Haydock.
Henderson revealed to Nick Luck on his daily racing podcast that Shishkin is "99.9% certain" to run in the 1965 Chase at Ascot on Saturday as opposed to the Betfair Chase at Haydock.
This quote has seen his price drift out to 16/117.00 for the Grade 1 at the Merseyside track and he is now as short as 4/61.67 to take the Ascot Grade 2 event.
Paul Nicholls' Bravemansgame is the 1/12.00 stand alone favourite with last year's winner Protektorat now 11/82.38 in the Sportsbook's antepost betting market for this Saturday's Betfair Chase at Haydock.
The former is the marginal favourite at 2.35/4 in a Betfair Exchange market that is still in its early stage.
Bravemansgame to run in Betfair Chase
Betfair ambassador Nicholls announced on Monday's Ditcheat Diary podcast that he plans to run his stable star in the big race at Haydock as long as the ground is not heavy.
Nicholls said he was optimistic about the weather staying fairly dry this week, so that Bravemansgame could run. Daryl Jacob, who rode Bristol De Mai to victory three times in the Betfair Chase, will take the ride instead of Harry Cobden.
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For Betfair tipster Tony Calvin, it is a case of wait before getting involved in the Betfair Chase betting. He said in his antepost preview of the race that he was expecting heavy ground.
But if Nicholls' horse does run, Tony is anticipating a thrilling contest at Haydock at 15:00 on Saturday.
He said: "Last year's champion (Protektorat) versus a King George victor and Gold Cup second (Bravemansgame) versus a six-time Grade 1 winner Shishkin 16/117.00 versus the Grand National hero Corach Rambler 8/19.00, plus the slop monster Royale Pagaille 6/17.00, would be some race."
The other horse declared for the Betfair Chase is 50/151.00 outsider Minella Drama.
Big names could make for great renewal
The Betfair Chase was first run in 2005. Nicholls has won it a record six times (four with Kauto Star) and the market indicates that he has a good chance of adding a seventh win on Saturday.
Betfair spokesman Barry Orr said: "Bravemansgame and Protektorat are inseparable at the top of the market, but Shishkin is a fascinating addition and while his trainer is on watching the weather, hopefully all six stand their ground and we have a excellent renewal of the great race.''
Tony Calvin's Betfair Chase Antepost Tips: Protektorat v Bravemansgame would be some race