Peter Marsh Chase
horse racing tipster
Grade 2, Haydock Park 15:15
£75,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 1f 125y, Class 1  
Saturday 18th January 2020

1 Vintage Clouds 7/1
2 Definitly Red 9/1
3 Geronimo 6/1
10 ran Distances: 7l, hd, 6l
Time: 6m 44.60s (slow by 17.60s)

Vintage Clouds has run several brave races in defeat down the years, finishing placed at the last two Cheltenham Festivals as well as third in the 2018 Scottish National.

He was quietly fancied for the Grand National last year when falling at the first, but he showed when running back at Aintree in the Becher Chase earlier this season that he is not in love with the fences.

While a return to Liverpool is unlikely, there is still plenty of mileage left in him yet, with jockey Danny Cook asking for several big leaps and apart from one occasion Vintage Clouds responded.

Having won the race on Our Vic for David Pipe as well as twice for Sue Smith already with Cloudy Too and Wakanda, Cook once again showed off his skills in a staying chase.

With Sue and Harvey Smith on holiday in Spain, it was left to owner Trevor Hemmings’ racing manager Mick Meagher to sing his praises.

“It’s great to win a big one with him, he deserved it,” said Meagher.

“He just didn’t like Aintree, I don’t think he’ll be going back there, but he jumped great today because he can kick the odd one out of the ground.

“That was the plan – today. We always thought he was a National horse, but he just doesn’t like it so we might go back to Cheltenham for the race he was second in last year (Ultima) and then maybe the Scottish National. He could even come back here for the National Trial.”

Cook said: “He didn’t take to the fences at Aintree, but they’ve done a good job on him at home and he got his confidence back when third in the Tommy Whittle here.

“His home work has been A1 and when I schooled him on Wednesday I was just a passenger, he was fantastic.

“He jumping was good apart from at one but that was my fault, I let the bit go in his mouth. You need to keep the bit high in his mouth when you ask him as it just gives him confidence.

“He can drop the bridle going down the back so I just wanted to keep in contention, but when I was still in front turning in I didn’t think anything would get by me.

“I’ve ridden some good horses in this race, I’ve been lucky.”

Mathematician Betting

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

POS DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1       Vintage Clouds 10 10-11 Sue Smith Danny Cook 7/1
2
7 Definitly Red 11 11-10 Brian Ellison Henry Brooke 9/1
3
hd Geronimo 9 10-5 Sandy Thomson Ryan Mania 6/1
4
6 Claud And Goldie 11 10-4 Sandy Forster Richie McLernon 25/1
5
Red Indian 8 10-11 Kelly Morgan Ben Jones 5/1J
3
16 Flying Angel 9 11-0 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 16/1
F Prime Venture 9 10-4 Evan Williams Isabel Williams 15/2
PU Champers On Ice 10 10-9 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 5/1J
PU Midnight Tune 9 10-4 Anthony Honeyball Aidan Coleman 13/2
PU Acting Lass 9 11-4 Harry Fry Sean Bowen 13/2

PETER MARSH CHASE ROLL OF HONOUR

YEAR HORSE AGE/WT OWNER TRAINER JOCKEY SP

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