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Bristol De Mai sees off Clan Des Obeaux to win third Betfair Chase

Bristol De Mai, who suffered his first defeat in five starts at Haydock Park in last year’s Betfair Chase, took his record at the Lancashire track to five-out-of-six with a gritty performance to win the latest renewal of the Grade One contest, beating the dual King George winner Clan Des Obeaux by two lengths with Lostintranslation, the favourite, another 45 lengths away in third.

Bristol De Mai was in front for much of the race but Clan Des Obeaux drew to within a length of the leader on the run to the second-last and appeared to be travelling better than the grey. He did not find as much as seemed likely when Sam Twiston-Davies let him down, however, and Bristol De Mai was in command over the last.

Daryl Jacob, Bristol De Mai’s jockey, was clearly emotional after crossing the line, later explaining that he was dedicating the win to his brother’s young daughter, Summer, who was watching the race at home. “It means a lot and I know she’ll be watching,” the rider said. “It’s personal reasons, but she’s great and she’s well and it’s just special for her.”

Bristol De Mai has now won the Betfair Chase in three of the last four seasons and could be aimed towards a first run in the Grand National at Aintree later in the season.

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“We’ll take one step at a time and possibly the Grand National at the end of the season if we get that far, but winning three Betfair Chases is very special so we’ll enjoy today,” Jacob said.

At Ascot, Imperial Aura took over as favourite for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham in March after a convincing win in the Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase, while Song For Someone, the outsider of three, took the Grade Two Coral Hurdle as Laurina, the favourite to make a winning debut for Paul Nicholls after switching from the Willie Mullins yard, trailed home last.

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