15:45 Haydock Sat 19 January 2019

  • Cheltenham Preview Here In March Handicap Chase (Class 3)
  • 2m 67y, Good to Soft (Soft in Places)
  • 9 Runners
  • Winner£9,747.002nd£2,862.003rd£1,431.004th£716.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:4m 18.2sOff time:15:45:59
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1
811-12OR: 130D
8/1

Front-runner with a modest record over fences (1-16); has gradually become more productive with each of his three appearances this season, and was only beaten 2¼L by Admiral's Secret at Wincanton (2m) on Boxing Day.

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2
811-12OR: 130D
5/1

Ludlow maiden hurdle winner (2m, good to soft) in November 2017; back on track for the first time in 12-months when finishing a staying on fourth to Calipso Collonges on chasing debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) on New Years Eve.

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3
811-7OR: 125D
7/2

Raised 5lb for beating Ontopoftheworld (Dicosimo third) at Wincanton (2m) on Boxing Day; continues to progress over fences (now 3-7), so could potentially confirm that form despite re-opposing with the Greatrex-trained runner on 6lb worse terms.

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4
611-6OR: 124D
2/1

Has offered hope for the future by making the frame in both starts over fences, including when fended off by 4½L by Kauto Riko over C&D (heavy) in December; handicap mark left untouched; contender.

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5
1011-5OR: 123D
25/1

Goes particularly well around Kelso, yet it was at Bangor (2m1f, soft) where he made the most of a slowly easing mark to beat Uno Valoroso by 5L; a 5lb rise looks fair so couldn't be entirely discounted.

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6
1111-4OR: 122CD
8/1

Gamely downed the sadly ill-fated veteran Tornado In Milan when winning this contest for the third successive year in 2018, and lines up off his last winning mark (122); unseated his rider at the first over C&D latest.

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7
1111-1OR: 119D
11/2

Not all that far behind Zalvados (second) when finishing fourth to Kauto Riko over C&D on his penultimate start (28/1) but is still searching for his maiden win over fences (0-6) at the age of 11, and that's troubling.

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8
1111-0OR: 118D
40/1

Falling in the weights following a largely unproductive spell since winning at Southwell (2m, good) in May; tough to enthuse over after another poor show at Kelso (2m1f, good) latest.

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9
810-6OR: 110D
25/1

Lined up in competitive action earlier this month for the first time in well over two years, racing keenly accordingly until departing at the third fence; makes precious little appeal in newly applied headgear.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Ubaltique1011-85/2
T: D McCain JnrJ: W T Kennedy

Betting

Forecast

Zalvados (2/1), Admiral's Secret (7/2), New To This Town (5/1), Vendor (11/2), Dicosimo (8/1), Ubaltique (8/1), Deadly Approach (25/1), Vengeur De Guye (25/1), Oliver's Gold (40/1)

Verdict

ADMIRAL'S SECRET poached yet another win over fences (now 3-7) when beating the subsequent Musselburgh scorer Ontopoftheworld and today's re-opposing rival Dicosimo at Wincanton on Boxing Day and can probably cope with a subsequent 5lb rise in the weights assuming that the ground doesn't deteriorate any further. Should such a scenario develop overnight (rain/sleet and snow are in the forecast) the pendulum would gradually swing towards Zalvados who has handled himself well in both starts over fences, including when finishing runner-up to Kauto Riko over C&D, with the three-time race winner Ubaltique another to enter the reckoning.
  1. Admiral's Secret
  2. Zalvados
  3. Ubaltique

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Most Followed

Cyrname

F: 1214-37

T: P F Nicholls

Hazel Hill

F: 11112-1

T: Philip Rowley

Ballymoy

F: 111-141

T: N A Twiston-Davies

Camelia De Cotte

F: 4-11411

T: W P Mullins

Yellow Dockets

F: 23-41

T: N J Henderson

Most Followed

Cyrname

F: 1214-37

T: P F Nicholls

Hazel Hill

F: 11112-1

T: Philip Rowley

Ballymoy

F: 111-141

T: N A Twiston-Davies

Camelia De Cotte

F: 4-11411

T: W P Mullins

Yellow Dockets

F: 23-41

T: N J Henderson

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