CeeBee previews the Peter Marsh Chase on what will be very heavy terrain at Haydock on Sunday. He has bet advised on Splash of Ginge.
3.15 Peter Marsh Chase
Somewhat like the Thyestes on Thursday, despite being ‘just 3miles’ the Peter Marsh is nearly guaranteed to be a gruelling test. And it was previous race form which triumphed in Gowran Park so I’m going that way here also.
Katenko was 4th beaten just 2L here 2yrs ago. That day he raced off 155 and conceded a stone and more to the trio who finished in front of him. He hasn’t seen the track much since, due to injury. But as a result he races off 147 today and carries 10-12. That looks lenient. He won effortlessly at Cheltenham off the same mark in Jan’13. The Gold Cup was his following target which says plenty about his talent. Ok it was a while ago but he’s only turned 10 this year so he shouldn’t be on the decline just yet. The 3m trip and heavy ground will pose no issue to him.
Katenko was pulled up on his latest start but he wasn’t out the back beaten when pulled up. He simply didn’t get the landing gear out on time after getting in too close to the 12th fence. After re-watching he was almost foot-perfect at the previous 11 and was travelling well at the time. From the replays I feel going left handed may actually suit better as well. He should be rather fresh for this assignment and I think we are all well aware that’s no bad thing where Venetia Williams’ handicap chasers are concerned. (Edit Now a non runner)
Splash of Ginge may be worth a saver at the prices. He ran well (7th) in the Paddy Power Gold Cup when the trip and pace looked a little sharp for him all the way round. He was then running ok in the Hennessy before getting rid of Jamie Bargary. Stepping back a little in class will help. As a result of his last few efforts he has dropped to 146, which is just 1lb above his last winning mark. He’s unexposed as a 3m chaser and isn’t on too harsh a mark. Under a good prominent ride if he gets into a nice rhythm he could be hard to peg back.
Third Intention has never convinced as a stayer.
Reve de Sivola has never convinced as a chaser.
Were Virak capable of winning this of 159, he’d be heading for the Gold Cup next, that must be unlikely?
Fingal Bay has been running well in defeat this season but that’s the problem with him. He has only won once over fences and that was a while ago now.
1 point win Splash of Ginge at 16/1 with Paddy Power