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Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Geronimo to Lead Home National Trial Tribe

Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Geronimo to Lead Home National Trial Tribe

3.15 Haydock Park We have a smaller than ideal field for this £100,000 Grand National Trial, but still this line-up is a terribly difficult one to separate in the conditions which is exactly how it should be. The likes of Ballyoptic and Vintage Clouds will surely draw support from some quarters, but they don’t make our compacted shortlist of six which is headed by Elegant Escape. Elegant Escape Now a standing dish in these valuable staying handicaps, Colin Tizzard’s charge…

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Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (Grade 2): Venture a Prime Punt in Peter Marsh Chase

Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (Grade 2): Venture a Prime Punt in Peter Marsh Chase

2.40 Haydock Things are tight this year in the £75,000 Peter Marsh Chase, there not being much between at least eight of these 10 runners on our private ratings. Brian Ellison’s Definitly Red only just misses out on our six-horse shortlist but is certainly not out of it, showing just how difficult a job it has been to separate these runners.  That said, the selection is backed with some confidence with plenty going in his favour. Here’s a synopsis of…

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Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Curtis and Hughes to Take the Oscar at Haydock

Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3): Curtis and Hughes to Take the Oscar at Haydock

2.25 Haydock A cracking renewal of this staying hurdle is on the cards with a full field of 17 declared, but we’ve whittled the field down to the following six who should all go well. Ask Ben Not from one of the major yards and not having raced since he was down the field in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival in March, Ask Ben won’t necessarily be one who is on many people’s lips. Graeme McPherson’s charge…

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Old Newton Cup (Handicap): Let Off the Bombyx in the Old Newton Cup

Old Newton Cup (Handicap): Let Off the Bombyx in the Old Newton Cup

3.15 Haydock This is a very famous old race and one that has attracted a good field.  The mile-and-a-half handicap is worth over £62,000 to the winner and as such some of the biggest stables are represented; William Haggas, Charlie Appleby and John Gosden among others bringing horses from Newmarket. Al Muffrih William Haggas’ four-year-old comes into this race as favourite after winning the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar, but while the extra distance may help it has to be…

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Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Robinsfirth to Enhance Grand National Claims

Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Robinsfirth to Enhance Grand National Claims

3.35 Haydock Given the flat track, where it sits in the calendar and even its geographical location this race really is the best trial for the Grand National right now and is therefore very well named! This year we may well see the winner of this race going right up to the head of the betting for Aintree all being well, with one horse standing out in this race despite its typically competitive look.  Here are six against the field…

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Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (Grade 2): Captain Redbeard to Capsize Opposition

Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (Grade 2): Captain Redbeard to Capsize Opposition

3.15 Haydock Just as it should be, this year’s renewal has a majority of its runners very close together when handicapped with conditions in mind, several of them within 2lbs of each other by our reckoning. With former favourite Valtor a late defector the price on our selection has contracted, but nonetheless we should still be able to grab some decent value in what is a competitive heat. It’ll be interesting to see former Grand National champ One For Arthur…

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Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle: Paisley The Pattern At Haydock

Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle: Paisley The Pattern At Haydock

Saturday 2.25 Haydock This race has only been a Grade 3 since 2011 but it can attract, and has attracted, a quality field with at least two of the runners looking to improve enough to get themselves into Grade 1 contention in March. Sam Spinner won this race last year off a featherweight but it has been shown the race can be won by the classier types and with the ground on the fast side for this time of year,…

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Old Newton Cup: Atty Holds The Persse Strings At Haydock

Old Newton Cup: Atty Holds The Persse Strings At Haydock

Another Saturday, another very tough handicap but increasingly over the years these trainers are defying big weights, long absences and injury setbacks to score with horses you would have avoided like the plague ten years ago. Another such runner goes in the Old Newton Cup in the shape of Godolphin’s Atty Persse, here’s how he figures in our shortlist: Atty Persse A similar gamble to Roger Charlton’s Withhold is taking place and with that one safely in the bag following…

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