BetVictor Best Odds on Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock January 18

Angel hoping to soar above Peter marsh rivals

Horse Racing Betting

Next weekend sees important Festival trials at Cheltenham but this Saturday’s Peter Marsh Handicap Chase at Haydock has given a few pointers down the years itself, though most of this year’s 10-strong field will be targeting the Grand National at Aintree than the Gold Cup.

Peter Marsh Chase History and Trends

The Peter Marsh Chase is a Grade Two handicap chase open to horses aged five or older and run over 3m2f at Haydock Park on Merseyside. First run in 1981, it’s now a recognised trial for the Aintree Grand National in April and regularly attracts useful staying chasers.
Past winners include subsequent Gold Cup winners Little Owl, Bregawn and The Thinker. Earth Summit won it in 1995 and three years later stormed to victory at Aintree. General Wolfe and Jodami are the only horses to have won the Peter Marsh more than once.

Peter Marsh Chase Previous Winners

Year Going Rns Winner                Age Jockey Trainer                       SP Wgt    OR DSLR
2019 Soft 11 Wakanda                    10 Cook D  Smith Mrs S J        6/1 10-10 146 24
2018 Heavy 13 The Dutchman       8  Cobden H Tizzard C            13/2 10-6  135  32
2017 Soft     14 Bristol De Mai        6  Jacob D Twiston-Davies N  4/1 11-2    154  56
2016 Heavy 12 Cloudy Too            10 Cook D Smith Mrs S J         6/1 10-4   139  35
2015 Heavy 12 Samstown                8 Harding B Whillans A C     16/1 10-5   135  36
2014 Heavy 10 Wychwoods Brook 8 Ring C V Williams E            16/1 9-11    137  35
2012 Heavy 11 According To Pete 11 Haynes H Jefferson J M       9/1 11-2    142  26
2010 Heavy 12 Our Vic                   12 Cook D Pipe D E                20/1 11-3    152  28
2009 Soft     10 Cloudy Lane           9  Maguire J McCain Jnr D      6/1 11-10  155  22
2007 Heavy 9 The Outlier               9 O’Neill P C Williams Miss V 8/1 10-3   129  21
2006 Heavy 5 Ebony Light            10 Craine S McCain D              33/1 9-13    149  16
2005 Heavy 7 Lord Transcend       8  Lee G Johnson J H               9/4 10-4    140  27

  • All of the last 11 winners had either won or been placed over three miles or beyond
  • Only two winners hadn’t previously won a handicap
  • 11 of the last 12 winners had previously run at Haydock with 10 being placed at least
  • All of the last 11 winners had won on soft or heavy ground previously
  • 10 of the last 11 winners carried no more than 11st3lb
  • Only one of the last 15 winners hadn’t raced within the previous six weeks
  • Only one of the last 15 winners was aged younger than eight

Horse Racing Betting at BetVictor

Smith hoping Vintage can come out of the Clouds for Peter Marsh double

Vintage Clouds is something of an enigma but there is no question that Sue Smith’s grey likes Haydock having won over hurdles and fences at the track. However, he’s never won on going as heavy as that forecast this weekend and is 8/1 to give his trainer back-to-back victories in the Peter Marsh.

Despite the name Acting Lass is, in fact, a gelding.The 11/2 with Betvictor and that would probably be good value but for the fact that he is carrying a fair amount of weight on ground that will be testing. He’s also untried at Haydock, which has been a factor in years gone by and he was pulled up on the one occasion he raced beyond 3m.

Definitly Red was more like his old self in the Becher Chase at Aintree but is another he will be carrying a big weight. He has a touch of class, however, and is a best 13/2 with Coral.

Champers On Ice could be interesting back chasing for the first time since 2017. The David Pipe runners has been in good form over hurdles going from the front but isn’t exactly well handicapped on a mark of 141. There is also a question over whether he is as good over fences so the general 7/1 makes limited appeal.

Amazingly, Welsh Grand National fourth Prime Venture is still a maiden over fences and last won more than two years ago. He also seems to save his best for Chepstow so a general 6/1 looks risky.

Midnight Tune (7/1 with Betvictor) is tackling Haydock’s stiff fences for the first time. Both of his wins over fences have come in small fields so having nine rivals around him here may be a little off-putting.

Angel not Flying too high

FLYING ANGEL has generally run over shorter distances over fences. However, he was a fair fifth in last season’s Ultima over 3m1f at Cheltenham, despite being struck into. He’s not raced before at Haydock but has jumped around Newbury, Ascot, Cheltenham and Aintree with few problems so should acquit himself well. Also proven on heavy going and a winner earlier this season, his odds look generous.

Peter Marsh Chase Current Best Odds*

Acting Lass 11/2, Prime Venture 6/1, Definitly Red 13/2, Midnight Tune, Champers On Ice and Geronimo 7/1, Vintage Clouds 8/1, Flying Angel and Claud And Goldie 12/1, Red Indian 25/1

(*Odds correct at 4.15pm January 16)


Flying Angel to win Peter Marsh Chase


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