January 22 / 14.35 Haydock

14.35 Haydock Soft

Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £42712.5
  • 3m 1f 125y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
  • Win time: 7m 2s
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Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 1116-2 CD

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 163

Form & Verdict
Earned himself a crack at the Gold Cup when winning this by 16l under top weight 12 months ago and yet never gave his running at Cheltenham, finishing lame; didn't look out of place at the top table when chasing home A Plus Tard in the Betfair Chase here in November and that was on good to soft ground that was quicker than ideal; only 7lb higher than last year, so seriously respected.
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Verdict Starting price

5th

9

7th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Royale Pagaille

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

5th

9

18th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Royale Pagaille

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

A trier who excels on testing ground; entered last year's Gold Cup picture after a barnstorming win in a 3m1f Haydock handicap on heavy but finished lame in this race; no match for A Plus Tard on return in a Grade 1 at Haydock in November (good to soft) but this week's rain is a blessing.

14/1

2nd

4

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Royale Pagaille

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Smart chaser who has defied top weight in the last two runnings of the Peter Marsh at Haydock, scoring easily in 2021 then having to work harder (proved game) off a loftier mark this time round; perhaps somewhat hindered by physical issues in the Gold Cup (finished lame) and Betfair Chase (sustained a wound to right-hind pastern) in between, his only attempts on good to soft (raced on soft/heavy otherwise); 4-8 for current yard and could well rate higher still; respected.

9/4

10/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: P/3-73 C

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Won a Grade 2 novice chase here two years ago on heavy but restricted to only four subsequent starts; tailed off in the end behind Gold Cup hope Protektorat in a 3m1f Grade 2 at Aintree (soft) in December but he moved well for a long way and probably needed the run (had been off for 217 days); retains some potential as a stayer, for all that he's a 10yo.
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1st

4

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Sam Brown

11st 4lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Anthony Honeyball

16/1

3

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Sam Brown

11st 2lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Anthony Honeyball

10yo who is very lightly raced for his age and returned to form with a close second in the Peter Marsh here (3m1f, soft) last month; won a Grade 2 novice chase (2m4f, heavy) in 2020 on his only other visit to Haydock and there's every chance he'll stay this far; on the shortlist up 2lb.

11/2

2nd

3

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 1

14:35 Haydock

Sam Brown

10st 8lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won a Grade 2 novice chase here two years ago on heavy but restricted to only four subsequent starts; tailed off in the end behind Gold Cup hope Protektorat in a 3m1f Grade 2 at Aintree (soft) in December but he moved well for a long way and probably needed the run (had been off for 217 days); retains some potential as a stayer, for all that he's a 10yo.

10/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.60

Form: 11-372 BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Solid staying handicapper and after finding the Ladbrokes Trophy all a bit much at Newbury in November he bounced back to something like his best with a near miss at Kempton (3m, soft); this task demands more from him.
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40

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Fortescue

10st 6lb

J: Hugh Nugent

T: Henry Daly

6-14 in an overall progressive chase career and he's a good jumper; never near the leaders in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury but he was a staying-on third over 3m2f at Haydock on penultimate start and rallied past Fiddlerontheroof at Ascot (3m, again soft) latest; due to go up 4lb and it's not hard to envisage him prospering in long-distance chases.

28/1

1st

4

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Fortescue

10st 12lb

J: Hugh Nugent

T: Henry Daly

Arrives in decent form having been placed on last two starts, good third in the Peter Marsh at Haydock (3m1f, soft) latest; holds each-way hopes but looks held by Fiddlerontheroof on Ladbrokes Trophy running.

10/1

3rd

9

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 1

14:35 Haydock

Fortescue

10st 4lb

J: Hugh Nugent

T: Henry Daly

Solid staying handicapper and after finding the Ladbrokes Trophy all a bit much at Newbury in November he bounced back to something like his best with a near miss at Kempton (3m, soft); this task demands more from him.

12/1

Form: 15-3F2 BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict
Grade 2-winning novice and looked the one to be on when crashing out four from home in Newbury's big November handicap; a bit disappointing that he couldn't make the most of an untouched mark in the Tommy Whittle (C&D, soft) but he still ran well under 11st 13lb and this time he has only 10st 7lb; danger to all.
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9th

15

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Remastered

10st 11lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

4th

5

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 1

14:35 Haydock

Remastered

10st 7lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Grade 2-winning novice and looked the one to be on when crashing out four from home in Newbury's big November handicap; a bit disappointing that he couldn't make the most of an untouched mark in the Tommy Whittle (C&D, soft) but he still ran well under 11st 13lb and this time he has only 10st 7lb; danger to all.

7/2

2nd

2

18th Dec 2021

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Remastered

11st 13lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Won a Grade 2 novice chase at Ascot in February and was going well and challenging for the lead when falling four out in the highly competitive Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury (3m2f, good to soft) three weeks ago; has the same mark today and this unexposed 8yo could well make amends; has won on heavy.

11/4

Form: P32-71

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Needs to go left handed over fences as he can jump that way; left nothing out on the track when edging home in a 3m handicap at Doncaster last month (soft; off 5lb lower) but can struggle with his consistency and his trainer sees the need for cheekpieces this time; others appeal more.
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5

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton

Kalooki

11st 4lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Handles most surfaces; stays further than 2m4f and made little impact returned to this trip at Newbury recently (first-time blinkers, retained), having run over 3m4f previously; a query about this trip remains.

20/1

6th

5

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Kalooki

11st 7lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Useful on his day but his most recent success came over 3m on soft ground and he tackled a 3m4f contest last time (pulled up); may be tapped for toe back down markedly in distance; blinkers fitted.

14/1

4

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Kalooki

10st 12lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

The form of his win at Doncaster (3m, soft) in December was boosted when the clear runner-up went one better next time, and the way he rallied provides optimism regarding this trip; however, he was soundly beaten in the Peter Marsh here (3m1f, soft) last month which dents confidence in his claims.

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1P-UP2 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
Strong stayer whose last two wins have been over 3m4f here (also won over C&D) and made a timely return to form when runner-up at Wetherby on Boxing Day (3m, soft); dangerous to dismiss given how much he likes it here.
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10th

17

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Lord Du Mesnil

10st 13lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Richard Hobson

Some jumping mistakes and weakened quickly on second circuit when pulled up at 50-1 in this race last year; that was admittedly on good to soft, whereas he's excelled over 3m-3m6f on soft or heavy, but he has shown his form only once from five starts since, despite having his ground, and again failed to shine over these fences in December; confidence in him is dented.

66/1

2

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Lord Du Mesnil

11st 3lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Richard Hobson

In view of his excellent record at Haydock (including on heavy) he was disappointing here (3m1f, soft) four weeks ago; however, he was a good second at Wetherby before that and it'll be no surprise if he bounces back with a big run in a race he won last year, and was runner-up in two years ago.

11/1

6th

2

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 1

14:35 Haydock

Lord Du Mesnil

10st 13lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Richard Hobson

Strong stayer whose last two wins have been over 3m4f here (also won over C&D) and made a timely return to form when runner-up at Wetherby on Boxing Day (3m, soft); dangerous to dismiss given how much he likes it here.

9/1

Form: 5F7-34 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 7lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict
Looks held by both Lord Du Mesnil and Empire Steel based on their clash at Wetherby over Christmas but he's never been outside the first three in four previous visits here, and that record entitles him to respect.
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8th

3

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle

Lake View Lad

11st 10lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

12yo who's no longer in his prime; reappearance third gives him a chance but two backward steps since; kept on better than most when seventh in last season's Scottish National (4m) and he has a 13lb lower mark today, so a case can be made; cheekpieces (absent last time) return.

20/1

4

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 1

14:35 Haydock

Lake View Lad

10st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: N W Alexander

Looks held by both Lord Du Mesnil and Empire Steel based on their clash at Wetherby over Christmas but he's never been outside the first three in four previous visits here, and that record entitles him to respect.

14/1

4th

4

26th Dec 2021

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

14:10 Wetherby

Lake View Lad

11st 11lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: N W Alexander

Highly admirable 11yo who won this in 2018 (good to soft) and was a solid third at Haydock (3m1f, heavy) this month on his seasonal debut, a run he may improve for; on an attractive mark and could go well.

11/1

Form: 817-43 BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Both wins as a novice came on soft and heavy ground at Sandown; ran really well to be third in a deep 16-runner Cheltenham handicap three weeks ago but has a lot further to go here and he didn't appear to stay the 3m1f of the opening-day handicap at last season's Festival; possible stamina limitations are a turn-off.
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1

21st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 2

15:15 Perth

Alnadam

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

2nd

2

25th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:40 Warwick

Alnadam

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Both wins as a novice came on soft and heavy ground at Sandown; ran really well to be third in a deep 16-runner Cheltenham handicap (2m4f, soft) in January, and a poor run at Haydock next time possibly came too soon after that one; much respected for a stable that won this race in 2018.

6/4

7

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 1

14:35 Haydock

Alnadam

10st 4lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Both wins as a novice came on soft and heavy ground at Sandown; ran really well to be third in a deep 16-runner Cheltenham handicap three weeks ago but has a lot further to go here and he didn't appear to stay the 3m1f of the opening-day handicap at last season's Festival; possible stamina limitations are a turn-off.

14/1

Form: 21P-2F D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Subsequent high-roller Protektorat was below par when this one beat him at Kelso (2m7f, soft) last February but still posted an RPR of 152 and he then pulled a muscle when not completing at Aintree (Grade 1); lots to like about his reappearance over C&D and he was travelling ominously well when falling four out at Wetherby on Boxing Day; 3lb out of the weights here but he looks well handicapped anyway.
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3

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Empire Steel

11st 4lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

16/1

2nd

2

26th Mar 2022

Good

3m 2f 39y

Class 2

14:45 Kelso

Empire Steel

11st 11lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Upwardly mobile 8yo who was going well when falling at Wetherby on Boxing Day and made amends in no uncertain terms on this course (2m6f, heavy; by 16l) in February; today's quicker ground is an unknown but the step back up in distance will pose him no problems at all; may well follow up.

6/4

1st

4

18th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:05 Kelso

Empire Steel

11st 6lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Good second at Haydock (3m1f, good to soft) on seasonal debut in November and was going well before falling in Grade 3 handicap at Wetherby on Boxing Day; didn't fire when well fancied for last month's Peter Marsh at Haydock but ought to cope with this drop back in trip and remains of interest.

4/1

Form: 1U-P7P CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Won last season's Tommy Whittle over C&D and the Eider at Newcastle on either side of unseating in this race when second favourite; interesting on all that but this season hasn't got going at all.
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10

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 1

14:35 Haydock

Sam’s Adventure

10st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Brian Ellison

Won last season's Tommy Whittle over C&D and the Eider at Newcastle on either side of unseating in this race when second favourite; interesting on all that but this season hasn't got going at all.

25/1

5

18th Dec 2021

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Sam’s Adventure

11st 9lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Pulled up/tailed off on both runs this autumn but he was also well below his best on his first two starts last term before a 4l win in this (on heavy); added the Eider later that campaign and isn't written off today.

12/1

7th

7

27th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 1

14:05 Newcastle

Sam’s Adventure

10st 12lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Brian Ellison

High-profile handicap wins last season in the Tommy Whittle at Haydock (3m1f, heavy) and the Eider here (4m1f, soft); may have needed recent reappearance at Bangor (3m, soft; pulled up) but today's assignment is probably an insufficient test of stamina, unless the ground is testing.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £259.00
Straight Forecast £223.60
Tricast £2584.80
Trifecta £2864.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Empire Steel

TOPSPEED:

Royale Pagaille

POSTDATA:

Remastered

The Guardian:

Kalooki

Telegraph:

Lord Du Mesnil

RP Ratings:

Empire Steel

Daily Express:

Empire Steel

Daily Mirror:

Empire Steel

The Sun:

Empire Steel

Daily Record:

Empire Steel

The Times:

Royale Pagaille

Daily Mail:

Royale Pagaille

The Star:

Royale Pagaille

WEST COUNTRY:

Remastered