Jockey Daryl Jacob set his sights on the Grand National with Bristol de Mai after the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained grey landed the Betfair Chase for a third time.
The nine-year-old repelled the strong challenge of Clan Des Obeaux to win by two lengths, with 2019 winner Lostintranslation a disappointing third a further 45 lengths behind.
Bristol de Mai, who won the race in 2017 and 2018, reserves his best for the flat, left-handed circuit at Haydock where his record is five wins and a second from six.
Daryl Jacob has set his sights on the Grand National after winning the Betfair Chase
Jacob, whose hopes had been raised by heavy rain turning conditions testing, believes Aintree’s similar configuration will suit his mount.
‘I’d love a crack at the National,’ he said. ‘His jumping is good and he’s brave when you need him to be. He’s nine now, rising 10, so if there is a season to do it this is it.
‘It always felt I had enough horse underneath me to get home today. He has been wonderful here. Hopefully he’ll get the recognition he deserves.’
The jockey believes nine-year-old Bristol de Mai is suited to Aintree’s similar configuration