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2023 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase Tips - Odds, key trends and top tips

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  • Free ante-post guide to the 2023 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase
  • This Grade Two Limited Handicap takes place at Haydock on Saturday 21st January
  • We take a look through the latest odds and key trends before picking out our best bets
  • Fontaine Collonges is our sole selection at 9/4
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Charlie Deutsch riding Fontaine Collonges (left) clear the last to win The Start Your RacingTV Free Trial Now Mares' Novices' Handicap Chase at Warwick. (Getty)

Saturday's card at Haydock Park, if it goes ahead, will be headlined by the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase. This Grade Two may not be the Cheltenham Gold Cup trial that it once was, but viewers can look forward to another top-quality renewal this weekend.

We've taken a look through the Peter Marsh betting and listed some key recurring trends, before picking out our best betting tips.

2023 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase Odds


Name
Odds
Fontaine Collonges9/4
Bristol De Mai11/4
Empire Steel11/4
Dr Kananga8/1
Coopers Cross9/1
Blaklion14/1

2023 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase Trends


  • 15 of the last 15 winners had previously won on heavy ground
  • 14 of the last 15 winners were aged eight or older
  • 11 of the last 15 winners carried 11-03 or less
  • 11 of the last 15 winners had between 1 and 3 previous starts that season
  • 11 of the last 15 winners went off at 9/1 or shorter
  • 11 of the last 15 winners had previously won a chase over 3m or further
  • 10 of the last 15 winners had won or placed in a Graded race
  • 9 of the last 15 winners finished no worse than fourth last time out
  • 9 of the last 15 winners had won around Haydock (3 of other 6 were having their first start at Haydock)

Just six runners will contest Saturday's Peter Marsh Chase, if Haydock's card goes ahead. Form on heavy ground will be vitally important this weekend, as is the ability to see out at least three miles. Coopers Cross is yet to win over three miles or further and he's never even run on heavy ground before. His chances of seeing out the distance on Saturday look bleak.

2023 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase Tips


Bristol De Mai always has to be considered on heavy ground at Haydock. Nigel Twiston-Davies' star will still have to give weight to several dangerous rivals, including Empire Steel, who I fancied strongly for this race 12 months ago but produced a limp performance on the day.

Venetia Williams boasts an excellent record in the Peter Marsh. Williams has saddled three winners and four placers from her last ten runners and comes into this year's race looking to retain the trophy for a third year in a row, having won the previous two seasons with Royale Pagaille.

FONTAINE COLLONGES (Tipped at 4/1) advertised her suitability for this sort of test by winning over course-and-distance on Betfair Chase day. The form of that race is looking strong too, with runner-up The Big Breakaway going on to place second again in the Welsh Grand National, before third-placed Rapper bolted up at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.

Williams' mare was last seen placing fourth at Kempton during their Christmas Festival. Fontaine Collonges was positioned handily that day, but made two crucial mistakes along the back straight and found herself outpaced rounding the bend. Once the track straightened up, however, Shane Quinlan's mount made steady headway, hitting the line strongly just nine lengths behind Remastered.

Fontaine Collonge will run off the same mark as she returns to Haydock and Venetia Williams' eight-year-old will shoulder just 10-4 - a dangerously low weight for a proven stayer who remains on an upward trajectory.

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Verdict

Fontaine Collonges (Tipped at 4/1) is our sole selection in the 2023 Peter Marsh Chase.

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