Peter Marsh Chase
|Grade 2, Haydock Park 14:05
3m 1f 125y, Class 1
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Jockey Charlie Deutsch acknowledges that securing a third consecutive victory for Royale Pagaille in the race on Saturday would be a significant achievement, comparable to his breakthrough Grade One win at the track in this season's Betfair Chase.
Trained by Venetia Williams, the 10-year-old Royale Pagaille notched up his fourth win in five appearances at Haydock in November, clinching his first success at the top level against three rivals. Despite missing the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton Park last month due to a sore foot, the son of Blue Bresil is now aiming for a hat-trick in the extended three miles and one furlong Grade Two contest.
Racing off a joint career-high mark of 166 in the £100,000 Premier Handicap, Royale Pagaille's Grade One-winning jockey expresses optimism about his chances, citing the horse's fondness for the track and a similar form to the Betfair Chase.
Deutsch emphasizes that, despite Royale Pagaille's age, winning this challenging race for the third time would be a remarkable feat. Reflecting on the surprising Betfair Chase victory, he recalls entering the race with an open mind and being in shock afterward, attributing the win to making the best use of the horse's strengths.
Royale Pagaille's impressive course record at Haydock might not have surprised some, but Deutsch emphasizes that the victory was well-deserved. The jockey praises Royale Pagaille's resilience, noting that despite the horse's participation in hard races, he maintains a remarkable eagerness to compete.
Regarding Royale Pagaille's preference for Haydock, Deutsch attributes it to the track's straightforward layout with long straights, which suits the horse's high cruising speed. He highlights Royale Pagaille's ability to maintain a relentless gallop, particularly effective at Haydock.
Looking ahead, Deutsch mentions the possibility of Royale Pagaille making a fourth appearance in the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 15th. However, he underscores the importance of focusing on the upcoming race before contemplating future targets.
Royale Pagaille shares the record of two Peter Marsh Chase victories with Jodami, who achieved success in 1993 and 1997.
Peter Marsh Chase (Limited Handicap)
£100,000 guaranteed, 5yo plus, 3m 1f 125y, Class 1
Going: Frozen (INSPECTION Friday 8.00am) (Light rain)
NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 /26F-1 Royale Pagaille 10 12-0 Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch
2 3U1-17 Elvis Mail 10 10-7 N W Alexander Bruce Lynn
3 238-42 Mister Coffey 9 10-4 Nicky Henderson James Bowen
4 21-333 Kilbeg King 9 10-4 Anthony Honeyball Sam Twiston-Davies
5 11-411 Famous Bridge 8 10-2 Nicky Richards Sean Quinlan
6 1P1-14 Blackjack Magic 9 10-2 Anthony Honeyball Rex Dingle
7 14P53/ Mint Condition 10 10-2 Charlie Longsdon Bradley Roberts
PETER MARSH CHASE ROLL OF HONOUR
YEAR HORSE AGE/WT OWNER TRAINER JOCKEY SP
2022 Royal Pagaille
2021 Royal Pagaille
2020 Vintage Clouds
2018 The Dutchman
2017 Bristol De Mai
2016 Cloudy Too
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