14:40 Haydock Sat 18 January 2020
- Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (Grade 2 Limited Handicap) (Class 1)
- 3m 1f 125y,
- 10 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Four-time Grade 2 winner in his prime but failed to win since second Many Clouds Chase win in December 2018. Fared better when fourth in Becher Chase (3m2f) last time and the National is likely main aim this season.
Has relatively few miles on the clock given his age and seems to have found his spark again. Good winner of Welsh Grand National Trial (2m7f) before solid second in 3m Listed chase at Ascot last month. Will act on the ground so respected.
Grade 1 winner in his prime and just started to find some of his old form recently, winning at Ascot (2m5f) before 22L fourth in Grand Sefton Chase (2m5f) at Aintree. Needs to prove he stays this trip still though.
Adores this track and an admirable performer in recent and Welsh nationals during 2017/18. Third in Grade 3 Ultima Chase at last years Cheltenham Festival but not gone according to plan this season. More needed on recent C&D third (beaten 20L).
Yet to really go on since chase debut victory over a year ago. Well beaten over fences at the Cheltenham Festival (2m4f) before no show over hurdles at Aintree (3m) in April. Also engaged 3.00 Ascot.
On a path of revival this season, winning competitive handicap hurdles at Ffos Las and Newbury (both 3m) before good third at Cheltenham (3m) last time. Back over fences on a workable mark. Shortlisted.
Unexposed sort for his age, with only blip over fences so far coming in the Scottish National (4m) last season. Returned with fine victory at Newcastle (2m4f) last month. Proven at this trip and may have more to come.
Remains a maiden over fences but that doesn't tell the whole story. Solid effort in last years Midlands National (4m2f) and more recently when staying on fourth in Welsh National (3m6f) last time. Will stay all day so each-way claims.
Likeable mare who has a Grade 2 win over hurdles and won at a canter on last two chase starts, including at Exeter (2m) last time. Very versatile trip-wise and gets mares allowance. Respected.
11-year-old whose rules career has been blighted by injuries but returned from absence with good Kelso win (2m6f) on comeback effort. Now tried at this level and could be a belated improver.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Mrs S J SmithJ: Danny Cook|
Acting Lass (9/2), Geronimo (11/2), Prime Venture (6/1), Midnight Tune (6/1), Definitly Red (6/1), Vintage Clouds (7/1), Champers On Ice (8/1), Red Indian (9/1), Flying Angel (12/1), Claud And Goldie (14/1)
- Prime Venture
- Acting Lass
- Champers On Ice
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