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Free Tips For Peter Marsh Chase Day (18th Jan 2020)

Haydock Stages its 2020 Peter Marsh Chase Day on Saturday 18 January, and the Grade 2 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase is one of two highlights on the card along with the Grade 2 The New One Unibet Hurdle.

Check out our trends, analysis, and free tips for Peter Marsh Chase Day.

Peter Marsh Handicap Chase 2020 Analysis

14:40 at Haydock on 18th January

Bristol De Mai won the 2017 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase off a mark of 154, whilst Our Vic won the 2010 edition off 152, but both those horses went on to be rated in the 170s. The other six winners since 2010 were all rated between 135 and 146 and five of the last six winners all carried 10-10 or less, with the exception being Bristol De Mai.

Definitely Red has 11-10 to carry, but his mark of 156 is 1lb less than when a creditable fourth in the Becher Chase last month. However, he was well held when unseating in the 2017 edition of this race when rated 149. Acting Lass also has a big weight and is 8lb higher than his last winning mark.

Flying Angel also has slightly more weight than ideal and isn’t guaranteed to stay the 3 miles 1 furlong and 125 yards on heavy ground, and he isn’t proven at Haydock. Vintage Clouds has won at Haydock and might enjoy having less than 11-0 on his back after lumping topweight to be third over course and distance last time. It will be no surprise if he goes well, but his wins have come on better ground.

Ben Jones is an interesting jockey booking for Red Indian, but the 8-year-old hasn’t looked like he’s crying out for this stamina test on heavy ground. He also has no experience of Haydock. Geronimo and Claud And Goldie should handle conditions, but both are up in the weights and in class today. Meanwhile, Prime Venture normally reserves his best for Chepstow.

Champers On Ice still has plenty of potential as a handicap chaser and, after winning a couple of handicap hurdles off 132 and 137 this season, he could go well off 141 over fences. He also has a nice low weight on his back for the first time in a handicap chase, and he could be worth a saver.

Free Tip for Peter Marsh Handicap Chase 2020

My idea of the winner is Midnight Tune, whose shrewd and in-form trainer Antony Honeyball pitches into a handicap chase for the first time off a mark of 136, with a featherweight of just 10-4 on her back. She’s not got much experience over fences but won some nice races over hurdles, often taking the scalps of higher rated rivals. She goes well on heavy ground and, though she’s not run at Haydock before, the track should suit her prominent style of racing.

TipMidnight Tune @ 7.50 WilliamHill, BetVictor

New One Unibet Hurdle 2020 Analysis

15:15 at Haydock on 18th January

The Champion Hurdle division looks to be as open as it has been in recent memory, and an interesting quartet of horses will be hoping to throw their hats into the ring by winning the New One Unibet Hurdle, which is worth over £42,000 to the winner.

Ballyandy has run four times already this season at trips ranging from two miles to three miles and he finished over eight lengths behind Champion Hurdle favourite Epatante last time. Before that, he finished second in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham, where he finished around five lengths in front of the re-opposing Pentland Hills.

Pentland Hills is 4lb better off with Ballyandy here, and it has to be said that he travelled through most of the race at Cheltenham like the best horse. Nicky Henderson has been bullish in saying that last year’s Triumph Hurdle winner has improved in leaps and bounds since Cheltenham, but the worry is the heavy ground will again put the emphasis on stamina rather than speed.

Cornerstone Lad was rated just 132 and was ridden by a 10lb claimer when winning a handicap hurdle over today’s course and distance in December 2018, but he’s won four of his six races since, culminating in victory in the 2019 Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle. He may have been lucky to beat Buveur D’Air that day, as the favourite suffered a freak injury, but he also had the useful Silver Streak and Lady Buttons back in third and fourth. It will be no surprise if he takes this, even if he’s the early outsider in the market.

Free Tip for New One Unibet Hurdle 2020

There’s good reason to believe Darasso could be an interesting outsider for the Champion Hurdle this year. Pentland Hills beat Couer Sublime by 3 lengths off level weights in the Triumph Hurdle, yet Darasso gave that horse 12lb and a 19-lengths beating last season. He’s completely unexposed and Joseph O’Brien surely wouldn’t be sending him over from Ireland if he didn’t think he had a serious chance of winning.

TipDarasso @ 3.75 SkyBet, WilliamHill

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