View Full Version : 2009 Betfair Chase at Haydock (it's a thriller!)
Nov. 25, 2009, 05:02 PM
Featuring the return of 2-time winner Kauto Star and a move-up for last year's Ryanair Chase winner Imperial Commander.
Nov. 25, 2009, 11:06 PM
Nov. 28, 2009, 01:24 PM
Great race but perhaps not the quality field of the Betfair or that Ascot race last week won by Albertas Run.
Also, Denman won the Hennessy in 2007; last years' winner was Madison du Berlais (who was not a factor in the Betfair).
But Denman's jumping was fantastic today. He looked like his 2007 self.
What was up with What a Friend? He looked a little confused around the 3rd last.
If Imperial Commander is really the class he showed last week, we have Festival to look forward to.
Nov. 28, 2009, 10:35 PM
I agree that Denman's victory was more impressive than Kauto's -- but I thought the real winner at Haydock was Imperial Commander. That was a big step up -- and against the very best in KS -- and the way he came back was very impressive.
(Imperial Commander is by the US-bred Flemenfirth (a son of Alleged), who is also the sire of Arkle Chase winner Tidal Bay.)
But KS looked good too. He's quite a horse on any day.
And I see that Master Minded's recent loss of form is being chalked up to a stress fracture of his tenth rib. Ouch.