Betfair Chase at Haydock

Betfair Chase Result: Bravemansgame 5/2 for King George despite defeat to Royale Pagaille

Bravemansgame is out to 5/2 for the King George after defeat in the Betfair Chase

Today's Betfair Chase has gone to the well-backed third favourite Royale Pagaille, who beat Bravemansgame into second place with the latter now on the drift to win some of this season's major races...

Royale Pagaille has won the first Grade 1 contest of the season, the Betfair Chase at Haydock, beating odds-on favourite Bravemansgame into second place.

The Venetia Williams-trained 9yo was sent off the well-backed 5/16.00 third favourite of four, and comfortably held the runner-up, pulling over six lengths clear after the last to win going away at the line.

It was a slightly below-par run from Paul Nicholls' Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up, who went off as the 8/111.73 favourite.

However, even more disappointing was the 5/23.50 second favourite Protektorat who jumped poorly from the start and came home a well-beaten last of four.

Grand National hero Corrach Rambler, the 18/119.00 outsider of the field, finished in third, 15 lengths behind the winner.

Nicholls' star drifts for major races

Despite the defeat, Bravemansgame remains the 5/23.50 favourite on the Betfair Sportsbook - out from 13/82.63 - to defend his King George VI crown on Boxing Day.

Royale Pagaille has been shortened to 14/115.00 for the same race.

In the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting, Bravemansgame has eased to 14/115.00 from 10/111.00, with last year's winner Galopin Des Champs, who reappears in Sunday's Grade 1 John Durkan Chase at Punchestown, the 2/13.00 favourite.

King George VI Betting (26 December):

- Bravemansgame 5/23.50
- Allaho 4/15.00
- Shishkin 4/15.00
- L'homme Presse 6/17.00
- Galopin Des Champs 8/19.00
- Gerri Colombe 10/111.00
- Pic D'orhy 12/113.00
- Royale Pagaille 14/115.00
- BAR 20/121.00

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