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Peter Marsh Chase Analysis

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Peter Marsh Chase – Saturday 18th January, Haydock (3.15 Channel 4)

No great pattern in terms of the winners in the last few years, with weights ranging from 10-3 to 11-10. The McCains have won it twice in the last ten years and this often goes, as you’d expect to a Northern trainer who is adept with handicappers, although both Venetia Williams and David Pipe have gatecrashed the party in the past decade. Don’t be frightened of backing something at a price either – only one favourite has obliged in the last 10 years and there’s been 20-1 and 33-1 winners too. Only the 10 runners for tomorrow’s renewal but the fact it is 5-1 this morning tells you it is wide open.

Vino Griego (G Moore, 11-10, 10-1)

Bounced right back to form with victory over two higher rated rivals in the Future Stars at Sandown but handicapper has taken that at face value when perhaps he shouldn’t have and has given him a kicking to the tune of 8lb for winning it. But Rolling Aces simply didn’t stay after being given too positive a ride and Harry Topper came from a stable that was clearly sick at the time so he’s ended up almost winning by default. Whilst the ground is no issue, these fences might be (often gives one a belt) and off a new high handicap mark against some younger, improving horses, isn’t difficult to give the elbow too.

Katenko (V Williams, 11-8, 5-1)

Still the one horse in the field with pretensions of being more than a handicapper and let’s not forget how he destroyed future Paddy Power winner Johns Spirit about this time last year at Sandown, always in the front line, jumping well and staying on strongly to give him 3lb and a 9l beating. Was still travelling well in this years Hennessey when coming to grief at the 14th, and not difficult to think that the Aintree race simply came too soon for him after that. Been given time to recover since then, and with a staying test in the mud likely to prove up his street, has to go on the shortlist for a trainer that’s won this before.

The Minack (P Nicholls, 11-5, 10-1)

Not seen for two years but has won after a break before (although not this long) and a superb win record of 7-12 (very lightly raced for a 10-y-o). Won the 2011 Badger Ales after 7 months off, gamely holding off Meanus Dandy from the same yard, but his Ascot win afterwards shows you that the handicapper has given him a real chance today if he’s fit enough – he gave Vino Griego 15lb and a beating yet today gets 5lb from him (Reve De Sivola back in third and future National winner Neptune Collonges back in fourth – a solid looking piece of form). Whilst he’s never tackled heavy ground, he has no problem with genuinely soft ground, and with both Sydney Paget and Vintage Star in the field to ensure a good pace, should get the race run to suit. Not discounted by any means.

Chance Du Roy (P Hobbs, 10-10, 10-1)

Not for the first time found Aintree’s fences to his liking when winning the Becher Chase there early December and gets a fairly harsh 8lb for winning a length for that. That still leaves him on a mark he has won off before, but only once has he followed up after a win (back in 2010) and it might just have been that catching him fresh on a course he likes might have been the key. Has won at Haydock too, however, and with trainer in superb form isn’t totally dismissed, but he doesn’t make my shortlist.

Sydney Paget (D McCain, 10-9, 7-1)

Threw a stinker in at Wetherby last time (gave up pretty quickly when headed) but previous win here over C & D looks pretty decent at face value. However, dig a little deeper and not difficult to shoot a through holes through that form (it’s not really working out that well, was getting weight too) and even after a 3lb drop for the Wetherby effort he’s still 10lb higher than that win. Ground no problem but not difficult to see Vintage Star and Night Alliance giving him hassle mid-race, and could easily find things happening around him that aren’t to his liking again. Happy to swerve him at the price.

Vintage Star (S Smith, 10-8, 7-1)

Stable in good nick this week and not difficult to see this one running a good race either, being just 4lb higher than two good efforts in November, firstly beating Buddy Bolero at Carlisle (only fair form) but bettered that in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle, narrowly going down to an on-song Hey Big Spender. Difficult to crab his effort in the Welsh National either, where he travelled well into the race but seemed to find the extended trip against him. No problem with this ground and still looks on a mark he can do some damage off. Could find himself some space behind the leader to do his own thing, and is shortlisted.

Merry King (J J O’Neill, 10-4, 5-1)

Not difficult to see why he’s near the front of the market as one that’s been running well in top class staying handicaps without getting near the front, and is probably still a few pounds in front of the handicapper. Visor goes on for the first time, but for me he’s not screamed out that he needs one, I don’t see him as lazy, so it will be interesting to see how he goes in it. Finished just in front of Vintage Star in the Welsh National but Vintage Star was put into the race much earlier and even on slightly worse terms I could see the form being reversed over the shorter trip. Trainer in very patchy form as well and looks underpriced to me. Races from 1lb out of the handicap.

Night Alliance (Dr R Newland, 10-4, 8-1)

Another trainer in superb form but handicapper has reacted very badly to his win here in the Tommy Whittle, raising him 13lb for it (effectively 16lb as he’s 3lb out of the handicap here.) The form of that looks okay, however, with second Loch Ba putting up a decent effort in the Betfred Classic last weekend and fourth Samstown narrowly defeated (albeit in lesser company) next time out. He is a pretty straightforward ride though, usually happy to sit midfield before making a mid-race move, and that’s a worry for me with Tom Scudamore on board. Not difficult to see a scenario where he gets involved in a duel with Sydney Paget for a while and expends too much energy, leaving little for the finish. That, plus the new mark, is enough to put me off him, just.

Wychwoods Brook (E Williams, 10-4, 16-1)

Racing from 7lb out of the handicap here, making an already difficult looking task even more so. Picked up long time leader Henry King with the minimum of fuss at Lingfield but that was a 0-120 over half a mile shorter so big questions to answer here off an 11lb higher mark. On the plus side is unexposed and breeding gives hope that he will stay, and seems a bit of a natural over the bigger obstacles but it’s surely asking too much at this stage of his career to take a competitive race such as this.

Valoroso (R Woollacott, 10-4, 16-1)

Another racing from well out of the handicap, being 8lb wrong here. Had the 6 jumps starts and fencing is far from perfect yet (a fall and a UR already on the card, and mistakes again last time) but will at least appreciate the likely good pace (can take a hold). Travelled well again at Kempton last time, not for the first time, but got worried out of it close home by the useful Ma Filleule. Looks all about staying and whilst it’s difficult to see him winning, he could represent some value on the exchanges as a back-to-lay option in running.


The shortlist of three is Vintage Star, Katenko and The Minack, and choosing between the three isn’t easy. The long lay off of The Minack is just, only just, enough to put me off so I’m having two win bets on KATENKO at 5-1, who could yet prove a cut above these, and a small saver on VINTAGE STAR, who is keeping his form well and with the stable in form, I can see him reversing form with Merry King over this trip.

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Gold Cup – Oppose Long Run

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Why I won’t be backing Long Run in the Gold Cup:
(figures since 1997 unless otherwise specified).

A quick question. How many multiple winners of the Gold Cup have there been in the past 40 years?

The answer is two.

Best Mate won at a time when staying Chasers were at rock bottom and Kauto Star is the best staying Chaser since the great Arkle in the sixties.

No other Championship race at Cheltenham comes close to being as difficult to win on more than one occasion.

Multiple winners of this race are a rarity, it is hard to continually run over 3 miles over fences, which takes its toll as runners reach the limits of their endurance, meaning injuries are inevitable in the long run.

The extra 2 furlongs, the frantic pace and the stiff finish take a lot out a horse. Paul Nicholls mentioned in his Autobiography that Denman was lifeless for three weeks after his win.

Since 1990, all but 2 of the Gold Cup winners were 7-9 year olds.

Only one of the forty one 10yos won and only 4 made the frame. (11yo and older were 0 from 30 and only 4 placed)

French bred Long Run was a freak at 6yo, the first 6yo winner since 1962.

Long Run and Kauto Star were French Breds; they have a much better record as youngsters. 6 and 7 yo French bred runners were 2 from 13 and 4 were placed; 8yo French Breds were 1 from 35 and only 4 made the frame.

Even Kauto Star failed to dominate here once age caught up with him.

Kauto Star at 8yo and older in Gold Cup: Kauto Star was the French exception as he retained his title as a 9yo, but had a 1 from 5 record in the Gold cup once he reached the age of eight.

Still a wonderful record but the dividing line at the top is remarkably fine.

He may still have been able to do it as an older horse at Kempton but not Cheltenham. Remember we are talking about a freak of a horse, the best staying chaser since Arkle.

It’s not just Kauto Star:

Date Horse Odds Position

2012 Kauto Star (FR) 3/1 PU/14

2011 Kauto Star (FR) 5/1 3rd/13

2010 Kauto Star (FR) 8/11 F/11

2009 Exotic Dancer (FR) 8/1 3rd/16

2009 Kauto Star (FR) 7/4 1st/16

2009 Neptune Collonges (FR) 15/2 4th/16

2008 Exotic Dancer (FR) 17/2 5th/12

2008 Kauto Star (FR) 10/11 2nd/12

2006 Monkerhostin (FR) 13/2 6th/22

2003 Hussard Collonges (FR) 8/1 PU/15

The winners aged 8 or older tend to be Irish Bred runners; 5 from 34 with 9year olds.

Silviniaco Conti (7yo) and Sir De Champs (7yo) are both French Bred, whereas Bobs Worth (8yo) is Irish bred and as Cheltenham specialists look like far better bets to me than Long Run.

All the best Mark.

Today's Selection

Southwell 2.40 Hot Sugar – each way bet- 8/1 Will Hill

Grand National Trial Selection

2.55 Haydock
Grand National Trial
3m4f — Grade 3 H’cap Chase — Heavy


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My selection process combines trends and statistical analysis with in-depth form study in an aim to identify “value” and unearth regular big-priced winners. I bet mainly in the top-class races – i.e. big handicaps, graded races, and the major meetings such as Cheltenham and Aintree.

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Race Preview:

Silver By Nature

Won this in 2010 and followed-up in great style under top weight in 2011, so has to be respected, but he’s been off the track since finishing well-beaten in that year’s Grand National and it’s hard to say how much ability he retains. He’s 11 years old now, and despite a record that reads F211 on heavy ground at 3 miles and beyond, his form figures after a break are somewhat less impressive and it’s likely this is just a starting point.


Very lightly-raced for a 9yo, this Welsh National 2nd has a very strong trends profile but is without the assistance of Tony McCoy from the saddle this time. He stays all day and ought to handle conditions well, but I’m not sure whether this flatter track will see him to best effect, although the slight uphill finish should play to his strengths. Another question mark is obviously whether he can reverse form with Monbeg Dude as, despite being 3lbs better off with his Chepstow conqueror today, the winner didn’t jump well at all at Chepstow and was given a perfectly-timed ride by Paul Carberry.

Cannington Brook

A three-time course winner and confirmed mud-lover, this one finished 5th in last year’s Welsh National and has been steadily improving since, resulting in a 16lb rise in the handicap. He rarely runs a bad race, has a strong trends profile and looks sure to run creditably with Tom O’ Brien (3-5) booked to ride. I just don’t think he’ll be quite good enough on the day, and he had a tough race at Ffos Las.
Giles Cross

Last year’s winner ran very well for a long way at Chepstow, jumping soundly in front and was only headed entering the straight. He stopped very quickly that day but was entitled to in such wintery conditions given that he’d been off the track since pulling-up in the Grand National. Of course, he’s 6lbs higher than when beating Neptune Collonges in this last year, but it’s possible he can bounce back today and it’s certainly worth noting that Denis O’ Regan is riding again as surely that’s a hint that he still retains much of his ability. This year’s renewal looks tougher, however.

Monbeg Dude

A quirky and improving young horse that clearly has his own way of doing things and was given a fantastic waiting ride by Paul Carberry in the Welsh National. It may also be worth noting that he was the only hold-up horse to finish within the first 5 at Chepstow – all of the others had raced prominently – and this, coupled with the fact that his jumping left an awful lot to be desired, arguably makes his victory all the more meritorious. This flatter circuit shouldn’t be an issue, and the slight uphill finish should play to his strengths, but the fences are stiffer here and his jumping will have to improve. He boasts a perfect trends profile and Carberry rides again, but he’s never ridden at Haydock before.

Neptune Equester

A course and distance winner last year, this one possesses stamina in abundance and handles all types of going. He’s slightly overexposed in comparison to many of these, and is arguably quite a bit short of top class, but has been campaigned somewhat shrewdly and could be the one to spring a surprise. Danny Cook takes the ride and he’s won on him around here before. Very strong trends profile also.

Viking Blond

Another who probably isn’t quite top class, but is a tough sort that has been running well consistently without winning. He seems to handle all kinds of going, but his better efforts have been on undulating tracks on better ground. That’s a worry, as is the fact he’s French-bred, but most alarmingly his record at beyond 3 miles is 0-4-12.

Rigadin De Beauchene

Improved markedly for the step-up in distance last time – winning Warwick’s Grade 3 Classic Chase – and clearly likes soft ground. He’s still very unexposed for an 8yo, and even further improvement looks likely. He’s another who possesses a fine trends profile, despite being French-bred, and his owner won this with Miko De Beauchene in 2008, who was also subsequently transferred to Venetia Williams. My only worry is that this is a much tougher race than he has contested before, and another step forward is definitely needed. He’ll probably be overbet and doesn’t offer much value in my opinion.

Well Refreshed

An interesting one at the bottom of the weights trained by canny Sussex handler Gary Moore, with 3lb claimer and son Joshua Moore riding. He had the beating of subsequent Grade 3 winner Rigadin De Beauchene two starts ago, on heavy ground, but was receiving a stone in weight that day and has risen 21lbs since. His jumping is another worry and the last 17 winners of this contest had already finished 1st or 2nd in a Class 2. He hasn’t.

Lively Baron

A progressive stayer who looks sure to be better suited to a faster surface, albeit he’s won on soft. He often races in blinkers, but didn’t have them on when beating Major Malarkey at Sandown two runs ago. That’s his best effort to date and, whilst he’s arguably open to further progress and despite his trainer’s good record here, others are readily preferred today.


Very lightly-raced for a Philip Hobbs-trained 11-year-old, he’s extremely versatile and looks well-handicapped. His 3rd in the Welsh National was only his second run back from a long layoff, having previously finished 4th in Sandown’s Bet365 Gold Cup, and it’s possible he’ll come on again for that last run. He’s also dropped another 2lbs in the handicap, with James Best taking off an additional 3lbs, and is weighted to go close. On the other hand, his trainer’s chasers are just 1-16 at the track, so that’s a slight worry.


Overall a very competitive handicap containing a large number of improving horses taking on their older rivals, including winners of the last three renewals.
Monbeg Dude is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch from a statistical angle and offers decent value, albeit Welsh National runner-up Teaforthree also has sound claims and so too does Triggerman, who finished 3rd at Chepstow and looks extremely well-handicapped based on his form from a couple of seasons ago.

Three-time course winner Cannington Brook obviously excels in these conditions and ought to be respected under Tom O’ Brien, whereas Warwick winner Rigadin De Beauchene faces stiffer opposition today and needed every yard of the 3m5f trip last time out. It’s possible he’ll find this a lot tougher from a 9lb higher mark.

Of the remainder, Neptune Equester has a brilliant trends profile and should be staying on at the finish provided he can remain in touch in this higher grade, and he also looks appealing at the likely odds.

Betting Advice:

Monbeg Dude – 1pt win – 13/2 Totesport, Betfred
Triggerman – 0.5pt win – 12/1 Bet 365, Bet Victor, Coral
Neptune Equester – 0.5pt win – 20/1 Totesport, Betfred

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