Peter Marsh Chase Odds

The Peter Marsh Chase, run at Haydock Park, is arguably one of the season highlights of the Jumps scene in the north-west.

It is held in high regard by trainers and owners, and attracts the top horses from around the country.

It falls at a time of the season, January, where all of the top horses are starting to find full fitness, therefore a top-class race is almost always guaranteed. Due to the trip being three miles, the type of horses that run in the race have aspirations that can centre around the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National.

In the 22 runnings of the race, four Cheltenham Gold Cup winners (Little Owl 1981, Bregawn 1983, The Tinkler 1987 and Jodami 1995) have used the Peter Marsh as a springboard, whilst one winner has gone onto taste success at Aintree in the world's greatest steeplechase (Earth Summit 1995).

With the high class nature of the race, the cream does seem to rise to the top.

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Of the last 12 winners, 11 have been in the first two in the betting, certainly suggesting that despite the handicap nature of the race, the classier horses seem to thrive under this type of race conditions. Ratings wise, four of the last nine winners have been rated between 140-149 whilst the other winners have all been rated between 129 and 137.

The 2012 renewal was won by According To Pete under a canny ride by 3lb claimer Harry Haynes.

The soft ground was very much to his liking but in truth it wasn't really a vintage renewal and he didn't really push on in the manner he perhaps should have.

Excitement is growing about the three mile chasers scene in 2013, therefore this is likely to be a vintage renewal which could feature progressive types searching for Cheltenham Festival glory later in the season