Peter Marsh Chase
horse racing tipster
Grade 2, Haydock Park 15:15
£75,000 guaranteed,
5yo plus,
3m 1f 125y, Class 1  
Saturday 22nd January 2022

Tebwin

1 Royale Pagaille 5/2F
2 Sam Brown 8/1
3 Fortescue 16/1
10 ran Distances: ½l, 2¾l, 7l
Time: 7m 2.14s (slow by 29.14s)

The Venetia Williams-trained Royale Pagaille produced a jaw-dropping display when sauntering to a 17-length success 12 months ago.

A year on the performance was not as spectacular, but he displayed plenty of heart under the welter burden of 11st 12lb to become the first horse to successfully defend the Peter Marsh since General Wolfe, trained by Williams, in 1999.

Royale Pagaille’s wide-margin success in the Grade Two contest last season earned him a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, in which he finished sixth and returned lame.

He made a promising start to the new campaign when runner-up to Gold Cup second A Plus Tard in Haydock’s Betfair Chase, only for another setback to rule out an intended tilt at the King George.

Ridden patiently by Charlie Deutsch on his return to Merseyside, the 5-2 favourite was coaxed into contention leaving the back straight and was soon challenging for the lead.

Sam Brown proved a willing opponent and refused to go down without a fight, but Royale Pagaille dug deep on the run-in to prevail by half a length, with MansionBet cutting him to 16-1 from 25-1 for this year’s Gold Cup.

Trainers Quotes

“I’m thrilled. It was tough today, it was a more competitive race than last year and he had loads of weight,” said Williams.

“They went a good gallop, I don’t actually think the ground is that bad and it didn’t look like he was travelling all that well but his jumping held up well.

“I thought Charlie gave him a superb ride, he had to battle all the way to the line.”

Williams had wanted to run n the King George but an injury picked up in the Betfair Chase prevented that.

“I’ve made no secret of the fact that he missed a lot of work and he’d had three slaps down the shoulder before they even turned for home, so it was tough,” she said.

“He got a nasty wound on his hind fetlock joint and every time he move it opened up so he was confined to his box for quite a while.

“We could just do with a wet few weeks before Cheltenham now. Believe it or not this is the first time Rich (Ricci, owner) has seen the horse!”

Deutsch said: “That was a really good performance, he had to really tough it out.

“He didn’t travel like he normally does so I had to just sit for a while and try to make my way down the back straight but he jumped very well, bar one down the back.

“He was very good up the straight when I needed him but he was getting tired, he had to be brave.

“We need the rain at Cheltenham, last year on good ground it just caught us out.”

Ricci was visiting Haydock for the first time and was impressed.

“I haven’t been racing recently because of restrictions and this is my first time at Haydock, but I’ve got to say I love it,” he said.

“People are asking me for photos, I’ve been having drinks with them, they are all so friendly.

“As long as it is soft enough he’ll go to Cheltenham. Last year he finished sixth and he pulled two shoes off and finished lame. With his rating he’s got to go for it.

“We’re having a transitional season, we don’t have the likes of Faugheen or Douvan anymore, but I’m still as keen as ever – I absolutely love the game and days like this are fantastic.”

Mathematician Betting

Peter Marsh Chase (Limited Handicap)
£75,000 guaranteed, 5yo plus, 3m 1f 125y, Class 1
10 ran
Going: Soft, Heavy in places

POS. DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1      Royale Pagaille 8 11-10 Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 5/2F
2
½ Sam Brown 10 10-8 Anthony Honeyball Aidan Coleman 8/1
3
Fortescue 8 10-4 Henry Daly Hugh Nugent 16/1
4
7 Remastered 9 10-7 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 4/1
5
14 Kalooki 8 10-6 Philip Hobbs Tom O'Brien 16/1
6
¾ Lord Du Mesnil 9 10-13 Richard Hobson Kielan Woods 12/1
PU Lake View Lad 12 10-7 N W Alexander Henry Brooke 18/1
PU Alnadam 9 10-4 Dan Skelton Bridget Andrews 14/1
PU Empire Steel 8 10-4 Sandy Thomson Brian Hughes 4/1
PU Sam's Adventure 10 10-4 Brian Ellison Sean Quinlan 66/1

Odds catcher

PETER MARSH CHASE ROLL OF HONOUR

YEAR HORSE AGE/WT OWNER TRAINER JOCKEY SP

2021 Royal Pagaille
2020 Vintage Clouds
2019 Wakanda
2018 The Dutchman
2017 Bristol De Mai
2016 Cloudy Too
2015 Samstown
2014 Wychwoods Brook
2013 no race
2012 According To Pete
2011 no race
2010 Our Vic 12-11-03 D A Johnson David Pipe Danny Cook
2009 Cloudy Lane 7-11-10 Trevor Hemmings Donald McCain, Jr. Jason Maguire
2008 no race
2007 THE OUTLIER 9-10-03 P J Murphy Venetia Williams Paul O’Neill 8/1
2006 EBONY LIGHT 10-9-13 Roger Bellamy Ginger McCain Stephen Craine 33/1
2005 LORD TRANSCEND 8-10-04 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson Graham Lee 9/4F
2004 ARCTIC JACK 8-10-06 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith Dominic Elsworth 6/1
2003 TRUCKERS TAVERN 8-10-09 Margaret Scholey Ferdy Murphy Davy Russell 9/2
2002 RED STRIKER 8-11-01 Norman Mason Norman Mason Richard Guest 8/1
2001 Meeting abandoned due to frost
2000 THE LAST FLING 10-10-12 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith Seamus Durack 11/2
1999 GENERAL WOLFE 10-10-12 The Winning Line Venetia Williams Norman Williamson 4/1
1998 GENERAL WOLFE 9-10-10 Winning Line Racing Ltd Tim Forster Norman Williamson 11/2
1997 JODAMI 12-11-10 John Yeadon Peter Beaumont Norman Williamson 9/2
1996 SCOTTON BANKS 7-11-06 Ian Bray Peter Easterby Russ Garritty 15/8F
1995 EARTH SUMMIT 7-10-04 The Summit Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies Tom Jenks 7/1
1994 ZETA’S LAD 11-10-10 Andrew Cohen John Upson Robbie Supple 5/1
1993 JODAMI 8-11-02 John Yeadon Peter Beaumont Mark Dwyer 5/4F
1992 TWIN OAKS 12-11-10 John Moreton Gordon Richards Neale Doughty 5/4F
1991 Meeting abandoned due to frost
1990 NICK THE BRIEF 8-10-09 John Upson John Upson Martin Lynch 15/8F
1989 BISHOPS YARN 10-10-12 British Thoroughbred R & B Toby Balding Richard Guest 13/2
1988 Meeting abandoned due to snow
1987 THE THINKER 9-11-10 T P M McDonagh Ltd Arthur Stephenson Ridley Lamb 9/2
1986 COMBS DITCH 10-11-08 Jim Tory David Elsworth Colin Brown 3/1
1985 Meeting abandoned due to frost
1984 Meeting abandoned due to frost
1983 ASHLEY HOUSE 9-10-07 J McLoughlin Michael Dickinson Robert Earnshaw 11/8F
1982 BREGAWN 8-10-07 James Kennelly Michael Dickinson Robert Earnshaw 11/2
1981 LITTLE OWL 7-11-03 Robin Wilson Peter Easterby Mr Jim Wilson 4/6F

Odds catcher