Haydock Park has got the go ahead today but conditions will be very testing and over 3m1f the horse will need bags of stamina to win the Peter Marsh Chase. Hopefully, we are on the right horse similar to last week when Hawkes Point won the Classic Chase jumping super all the way.
Vintage Star does have a jumping warning attached but seems to get away with jumping errors by not falling. In every race he seems to plough through a fence but that has not stopped him being bang there at the end of the race. The good news today is that he arrives here a fresh horse having not fired wearing cheek pieces in the Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby over Christmas.
The handicapper has given Vintage Star a big chance be dropping him to 137 from a high of 144 last spring. He has just turned 9 years old so there is no reason to think he has lost any of his ability. He ran very well when third at Newcastle behind Hey Big Spender back in November and if he runs to that level or slightly better he will be bang there at the finish.
Brian Hughes takes over in the plate and is a jockey I rate highly. “He knows Vintage Star well” says trainer Sue Smith and with 30k to the winner, Vintage Star looks primed to bag his first win of the season. Last year Vintage Star looked the winner having held off Merry King only for low weight Wychwoods Brook to come and pass the pair of them. It’s a major plus knowing our fancy has already handled similar conditions in past that are likely at Haydock today. Dangers lie in Corrin Wood and Shangani but this is Vintage Star’s chance to shine with Broadway Buffalo a non-runner.
Selection A – 1 Point *EW Vintage Star Haydock 15:15 @ 10/1 Betvictor, Boylesports & Ladbrokes else 9/1 generally
Best of luck,