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2019 Peter Marsh Chase tips – 9/1 and 11/1 tips for Haydock’s big handicap

Red Infantry storms to victory at Haydock earlier in the season.

Our expert takes a look through the ante-post betting for this Grade Two Handicap at Haydock and provides readers with two tips for Saturday 19th January.

Saturday’s proceedings at Haydock may revolve around the The New One Unibet Champion Hurdle Trial, but there’s also a huge handicap taking place in Merseyside this weekend, with a strong field entered into the Peter Marsh Chase. This Grade Two has produced a number of high-quality winners. Legendary chaser, Jodami travelled to England to win the Peter Marsh twice – either side of his three Irish Gold Cup victories – and both Little Owl and The Thinker went on to claim Gold Cup glory at Cheltenham later in the season.

The final entries for Saturday’s renewal are yet to be confirmed, but ITV Racing viewers can look forward to yet another fascinating renewal. Our expert has cast his eye through the ante-post betting and selected two horses for punters to keep onside.

2019 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase Tip One



I placed my faith in CAPTAIN REDBEARD ahead of the Grand Sefton at Aintree and had my fingers well and truly scalded. That distant ninth is hardly the hottest piece of form to bring into the Peter Marsh. Yet, this is a completely different kind of race and Captain Redbeard looks a solid ante-post option once again.

Only six horses managed to complete the course in an attritional renewal of the Peter Marsh 12 months ago. The Dutchman ran out a comprehensive winner off a low mark, but Stuart Coltherd’s stable star was far from disgraced in crossing the line second. Things didn’t go to plan in the Grand National at the end of last season, but Coltherd’s ten-year-old seemed to be in decent nick at the start of this season, finishing less than two lengths behind Vintage Cloud in a handicap over course-and-distance on Betfair Chase day.

Captain Redbeard has an excellent record around Haydock. From his six runs around this tricky track, the former Tommy Whittle winner has won twice and failed to finish outside the first three places in any of his other four runs. Captain Redbeard is proven on all kinds of ground, he’ll have no trouble seeing out the trip and has proven he’s capable of challenging off his current mark of 144. Sam Coltherd is likely to take the ride again and his five-pound claimer will see Captain Redbeard carry just 10-8 on his back.

Captain Redbeard (left) finishing second behind The Dutchman in last year's Peter Marsh.

2019 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase Tip One



On the same day that Captain Redbeard finished third in the Betfair Exchange Handicap, RED INFANTRY went two better in the Class Three Handicap earlier in the card, defeating Bishops Road with a powerful finish after the final fence. Ian Williams’ charge may have reached a career-high mark, but the nine-year-old has looked in excellent form this season and can continue his progression in the Peter Marsh.

Following that fine victory, Red Infantry was sent to Sandown to take part in the London National. A couple of sticky early jumps put Robert Dunne’s mount on the back foot, but Williams’ chaser warmed to the task nicely and looked perfectly placed to mount a winning challenge jumping the last, only to be held at bay by bottom-weight Morney Wing.

Away from Cheltenham, a course he doesn’t seem to enjoy, Red Infantry has won three of his five starts in 2018, finishing second on the other two occasions. Sharp Response narrowly defeated Williams’ charge at Catterick in February and has gone on to boost that form since. Red Infantry will have to reverse the form with Morney Wing, but there was a-stone-and-a-half between them in the weights in the London National, a gap which will be significantly shorter at the weekend.

An early faller meant Red Infantry had to make his own running here at Haydock back in November and he showed great guts and determination to tough it out from the front. This will be his first outing in Graded company, but horses towards the bottom end of the weights have enjoyed great success in this race down the years and Red Infantry still seems to be a handicapper on the up.


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2019 Peter Marsh Chase tips – 9/1 and 11/1 tips for Haydock’s big handicap

Our expert takes a look through the ante-post betting for this Grade Two Handicap at Haydock and provides readers with two tips for Saturday 19th January.

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