Grand National Trials Day 2020
Haydock stages its 2020 Grand National Trials Day on Saturday 15 February. The highlight is the Grand National Trial and there are plenty of runners that also have an entry in the Grand National that no longer need to protect their handicap marks with the Grand National weights already framed.
The Haydock card also features the Rendlesham Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices’ Hurdle. Check out our tends, analysis, and free tips for Grand National Trial Day at Haydock.
Rendlesham Hurdle 2020 Analysis
14:05 at Haydock on 15th February
The Worlds End looks sure to start favourite for this Grade 2 Hurdle over 3 miles and 58 yards and the Tom George-trained 9-year-old sets a decent standard after two wins and a third to Paisley park from three runs this season. He’s also a course and distance winner but the 6lb he concedes his five rivals could make him vulnerable.
Despite that, Donna’s Diamond and One Night In Milan shouldn’t be good enough, whilst Clyne has yet to win at this distance. West Approach does stay but he doesn’t win as often as he should and has failed in this grade before.
Grand National Trial Handicap Chase 2020 Analysis
15:15 at Haydock on 15th February
This class 1 handicap chase over 3 miles 4 furlongs and 97 yards comes five days after the framing of the weights for the 2020 Grand National, which means a horse can win this and not get their mark for the big race adjusted by the handicapper.
In the last decade, winners have been aged between eight and 11 and have carried between 10-3 and 11-12 to victory. Interestingly, winners in that period have been rated higher than 149, with eight winners rated between 138 and 149.
This looks a classy renewal of this important race, but the recent editions suggest Elegant Escape (162), Yala Enki (157), Ballyoptic (157), and Vintage Clouds (154) could be up against it. At the other end of the weights, Geronimo, Pobbles Bay, and Smooth Stepper are all rated lower than ideal.
The handicapper has dropped Steely Addition 3lb since his last run but he’s still 10lb higher than for his last handicap win. Lord Mesnil is also 10lb higher than his last win but comes here having won his last two races at Haydock.
The Two Amigos has an obvious chance as he was going well in the race last year off the same mark as today’s when falling, and it’s worth remembering he was favourite that day. He also warmed up nicely for this test when fifth in the Welsh National.
Albert Barlett Prestige Novices’ Hurdle Analysis
16:25 at Haydock on 15th February
The Ferry Master has lost to find on ratings but the other five runners are all improving types that could yet take much-higher order over hurdles. Jepeck has already won two novice hurdles this season but it’s asking a lot of the 11-year-old to beat some improving types.
Trainer Olly Murphy runs two horses, and Port Of Mars has already proven his stamina, whilst Overthetop promises to stay this far, but both have need to find a good bit of improvement. Kalooki doesn’t have much to find on the book but both the trip and heavy ground are unknown factors.