|Grade 1 race|
|Distance||3 miles (4,828 metres)|
|Qualification||Five-years-old and up|
|Weight||11 st 7 lb|
7 lb for mares
The Betfair Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Haydock Park over a distance of about 3 miles (4,828 metres), and during its running there are eighteen fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in November.
The event was established in 2005, and it originally served as the first part of a bonus scheme called the Betfair Million. Its sponsor, Betfair, offered a sum of £1,000,000 to leading contenders for successful performances in two subsequent races.
The initial version of the Betfair Million was awarded if the winner of the Betfair Chase went on to win both the King George VI Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The Lexus Chase was included as an alternative second leg for the next two years, and Kauto Star won the prize by taking the original route in 2006–07. The format was changed in 2008–09, when the bonus became available to any first-three finisher achieving first or second at the Cheltenham Festival and then winning the Grand National . The Betfair Million was dropped the following year.
The Betfair Chase is familiarly known by its sponsored name, but its registered title is the Lancashire Chase. It is now the first Grade 1 event of the British National Hunt season.
Most successful horse (3 wins):
- Kauto Star – 2006, 2007, 2009
Leading jockey (2 wins):
- Ruby Walsh – Kauto Star (2006, 2009)
Leading trainer (3 wins):
- Paul Nicholls – Kauto Star (2006, 2007, 2009)
|2005||Kingscliff||8||Robert Walford||Robert Alner|
|2006||Kauto Star||6||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2007||Kauto Star||7||Sam Thomas||Paul Nicholls|
|2008||Snoopy Loopy||10||Ben Gordon||Peter Bowen|
|2009||Kauto Star||9||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
- ↑ "Betfair Million continues in different format". betfair.com. April 22, 2008. http://betting.betfair.com/horse-racing/general/betfair-million-continues-in-200809-national-hunt-seaso-220408.html. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
- pedigreequery.com – Lancashire Chase – Haydock Park.