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.