Betfair Chase
Grade 1, Haydock Park
£209,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 24y, Class 1  
Saturday 25th November 2017

Jessica Harrington is 'keen' to take a shot at the JCR Jumps Triple Crown with her Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John this season.

Sizing John

The seven-year-old landed the Blue Riband prize in the Cotswolds back in March in good style for Harrington and jockey Robbie Power, amazingly giving the trainer victory in the showpiece event with her first ever Gold Cup runner.

Either side of his Cheltenham win, Sizing John won the Irish Gold Cup and the Punchestown Gold Cup, becoming the first horse to complete that treble in one season.

He is now back working after a well-earned summer break and Harrington has confirmed the Betfair Chase at Haydock is going to be her first target, with Sizing John available at 33/1 with bet365 to win the Triple Crown.

"Our aim is to start him off in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on 25th November," she told the Racing Post.

"He looks fantastic. We're keen to have a crack at the £1million bonus for winning the three races at Haydock, Kempton (King George VI Chase) and Cheltenham (Gold Cup).

"It's exciting to have a horse to run in those races, and the Triple Crown has always been on our minds since he won at Punchestown."

Sizing John is a 4/1 shot to win the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day, with last year's winner Thistlecrack 3/1 to retain his crown for trainer Colin Tizzard as he continues his recovery from a season-ending injury that stopped him running in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

Harrington has rarely been as excited facing into a jumps season as she is at the thought of seeing Sizing John build on his brilliant spring campaign.

"He's still only seven and to win the Gold Cup at such a young age was a remarkable achievement. He's had only three runs over three miles or further and has won them all. I can never remember being so excited ahead of a season," she added.

Sizing John is 5/1 to retain the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March 2018.

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Betfair Chase 2016 (registered as the Lancashire Chase)
£209,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 24y, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Heavy

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Cue Card 15/8f P J Brennan
C L Tizzard 10
2nd 15 Coneygree 2/1 R Johnson
M Bradstock 9
3rd 13 Vezelay (FR) 50/1 Felix de Giles
E Clayeux 7
4th 14 Silviniaco Conti (FR) 13/2 N D Fehily
P F Nicholls 10
PU Irish Cavalier (IRE) 14/1 Jonathan Moore
Miss R Curtis 7
PU Seeyouatmidnight 4/1 B Hughes
A M Thomson 8
NR Menorah (IRE) 20/1 Non Runner
P J Hobbs 11