Geronimo is heading to Haydock (Haydock Racecourse)Sandy Thomson believes the stamina test of Haydock’s Peter Marsh Chase will be perfect for Geronimo.

The lightly-raced nine-year-old proved his liking for marathon distances when winning over almost three and a half miles at Ayr last season.

Geronimo was pulled up in the Scottish National on a sound surface in April, but scored on his return to action at Newcastle last month over just two and a half miles – with heavy ground no issue.

Thomson is therefore hoping for a big run over just short of three and a quarter on Saturday.

The Berwickshire trainer said: “Geronimo is in good nick, and the Peter Marsh Chase is the target.

“He has come out of Newcastle really well, and this race has been the plan since.

“It was great to win over a trip that some people said would be too short for him last time.

“But we are looking forward to the Peter Marsh Chase and hope the ground, coupled with the distance, will really suit.”