Three time Betfair Chase winner Bristol De Mai will now take a break before heading to Cheltenham for the Cotswold Chase and then Gold Cup, with his trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies being more cautious with the Grade One star.
Having finished runner up in the event last term the nine year old got back to winning ways in the event like he did in 2017 and 2018.
The Grade One event at Haydock suits him down to the ground and when the ground turned heavy before the off it made his task just that little bit easier, handling the conditions better than Clan Des Obeaux and favourite Lostintranslation.
(Credit ATR) The trainer said: “He’s come out of the race 100 per cent, no bother at all.
“I was very pleased and delighted with him.”
The race every season is like the Gold Cup to him, being primed for the event and now Nigel Twiston-Davies has stated he will take a break before heading straight to Cheltenham for the Cotswald Chase in February, with him definitely missing the King George VI Chase at Kempton.
After the Cotswalds Chase it will be Likely that he will run in the Gold Cup in March, but if underperforming in that Grade Two the handler will change his plans and send him straight to the Grand National.
“We won’t run him over Christmas – he’ll go for the Cotswold Chase at the end of January. He won’t go for the Rowland Meyrick,” said the Naunton-based trainer.
“We’ll see how he goes in the Cotswold Chase. If he does really well he might go for the Gold Cup, otherwise he’ll go straight to the National.
“He looks as good as ever.”