Haydock stages the Peter Marsh Chase on Saturday and Adam Baylis fancies two runners to go close as well as a pair to back at Ascot...
"The Grand National winning trainer shows a decent profit to level stakes at this course over the last five seasons and her seven-year-old gelding stayed on well over three miles last time at Bangor to beat off two decent yardsticks in Wuff and Mystical Knight."
Willie Mullins sends over dual Cheltenham Festival winner Un De Sceaux for the Clarence House Chase at 15:35. He decimated the field in a Grade 2 at Cork on his reappearance, showing that the fire still burns at the grand age of ten. But he's a horse that comes with so many strings attached whenever he lines up that he must be taken on at 8/15. I struggle to buy into the hype surrounding Brain Power who unseated his rider at Sandown last time and I think he could be flattered by his performance in a four runner field at Kempton earlier in the season. I'd much prefer to side with Harry Fry's Kylemore Lough who I expected to go well last week prior to not being declared.
He was sent off favourite for the Gold Cup Handicap Chase in November but was pulled up before two out and never particularly got into stride. A return to a flatter track could do him the world of good and should help him get into a better rhythm although the drop back in trip is a slight concern. Equally he'd probably want a bit more juice in the ground but at 12/1 compared with the 3/1 on offer about Brain Power it's a case of taking the side of a proven Grade 1 performer over the potential ability of the Nicky Henderson inmate.
The Peter Marsh Chase at 15:15 headlines proceedings at Haydock and I'm keen on two at the bottom of the weights. Firstly, Lucinda Russell's Forest des Aigles at 10/1. The Grand National winning trainer shows a decent profit to level stakes at this course over the last five seasons and her seven-year-old gelding stayed on well over three miles last time at Bangor to beat off two decent yardsticks in Wuff and Mystical Knight. He'll have to step up again on that effort but he's proven in the ground and should still be running on when others could be found wanting.
The Dutchman was a decent performer last season for Sandy Thompson, he's since been sent to Colin Tizzard and ran well behind Sam Spinner over smaller obstacles on his reappearance here before disappointing at Cheltenham in December. This will be his first run over fences for the Dorset handler but he was only a length behind Oldgrangewood off a 2lb higher mark than this last season and Dan Skelton's horse has gone well in esteemed company so far this season suggesting the son of King's Theatre could be pretty well in here. He makes plenty of each-way appeal at 11/1.
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