Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock on Saturday.
"Rather hit-or-miss campaign last season, pulled up in both King George and Grand National either side of notching seventh Grade 1 success in Ascot Chase (21f) in February."
Betfair Chase (Lancashire) (Grade 1)
Sat 19th Nov, 3.00
1. CONEYGREE (Mark Bradstock)
Resolute galloper who became first novice to win Gold Cup since 1974 when putting on a scintillating front-running display in 2015 (beat Djakadam by a length and a half). Completed straightforward task in three-runner listed chase at Sandown last November but injured hock soon after. Open to more improvement if over that, will relish the testing conditions, and holds a very good chance.
2. CUE CARD (Colin Tizzard)
Won Charlie Hall, this race (for second time, by seven lengths from Silviniaco Conti), King George and Aintree Bowl last season, and still going powerfully when falling three out in Gold Cup. Not in same form at Punchestown final start and only third in latest Charlie Hall on return, though still considered, with this race likely to have been the long-term target for a long time.
3. IRISH CAVALIER (Rebecca Curtis)
Won big-field handicap chase at Punchestown (2½m) last April and built on return (fifth at Chepstow) when winning seven-runner Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby (3m) later in October by three-quarters of a length from Menorah. All out to hold on there, receiving 4 lb from Menorah (and third Cue Card), so needs to improve again.
4. MENORAH (Philip Hobbs)
Runner-up to Silviniaco Conti in this race in 2014 (Cue Card fourth). Good second to Irish Cavalier in Charlie Hall on first start for four months, but will probably need to reproduce very best form aged 11 to go close here. Softening ground conditions not ideal.
5. SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT (Sandy Thomson)
Won Rendlesham Hurdle over C&D (heavy ground) as a novice in 2013/14 and struck three times over fences last season (including in Grade 2 Dipper), when also good third in Scottish National. Only Bristol de Mai to beat at Carlisle (2½m) on return but still most impressive in victory. Could surprise.
6. SILVINIACO CONTI (Paul Nicholls)
Won this in 2012 and 2014. Rather hit-or-miss campaign last season, pulled up in both King George and Grand National either side of notching seventh Grade 1 success in Ascot Chase (21f) in February. Encouraging return when second to Valseur Lido in JNwine.com Champion Chase, though ultimately well beaten at the line.
7. VEZELAY (Emmanuel Clayeux, France)
Seven-year-old who was in good form at this time last year, winning a Group 3 chase at Auteuil (21f) before finishing a close third tried over 27f there. Has struggled to recapture that form since, however.
Timeform Betfair Chase 1-2-3
3. Cue Card
Timeform Analyst's Verdict:
In a race where several have something to prove it could be worth backing SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT, who remains with potential as a chaser and will relish the conditions. 2015 Gold Cup winner Coneygree is the most likely if Seeyouatmidnight does come up short, ahead of last year's one-two, Cue Card and Silviniaco Conti.