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HAYDOCK
16 February 2019
Saturday 16th February

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William Hill Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1)

  • Channel: ITV4
  • Distance: 3m 4f 97y
  • Going: Good
Haydock
Runners
15

Type

Surface
Turf

Stalls

Weather
Mostly cloudy

Selection

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No.(Draw)
Runner
Best Odds
1
Silk colours for Yala Enki
CD
C
Yala Enki
J: Hugh Nugent 7
T: Venetia Williams
CD
C&D Winner - Won before on this course at this distance
C
2 x Course Winner - Won 2 times before at this course
Ran out a wide margin winner of this race last year. Landed a handicap chase at Bangor on his seasonal reappearance, and he backed that effort up when third in the Welsh Grand National last time out. Softer ground conditions would be preferable here.
Lofty mark, but won this last year and he's been in good form this season; respected
166-13
Age: 9
Weight: 11-12
OR: 156
Days: 51
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
27 Dec 18 Chp Chepstow 29.5f Sft HcChG3 11-11 3/20 Elegant Escape (5¼L) 12/1 154 162
14 Nov 18 Ban Bangor-on-Dee 24f GS 2HcCh 11-12 1/12 Sir Mangan (nse) 20/1 150 157
7 Apr 18 Kel Kelso 26f Hy 2HcCh 11-12 6/10 Smooth Stepper (37L) 7/2F 152 126
13 Mar 18 Chl Cheltenham 25f Hy HcChG3 11-9 6/18 Coo Star Sivola (14½L) 12/1 152 147
17 Feb 18 Hay Haydock 28.5f Hy HcChG3 10-11 1/8 Blaklion (54L) 8/1 146 160
3 Feb 18 San Sandown 24f Sft 2HcCh 11-9 F/12 Ballydine () 7/1 146 -
2
Silk colours for Ballyoptic
Ballyoptic t
J: Tom Bellamy
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Grade 2 winner over fences as a novice last season. Behind two of these rivals in the Welsh Grand National last time out, however, and he may need some help from the handicapper before returning to winning ways.
Pipped in the Scottish National last April; not at the same level in Welsh National latest
142-F6
Age: 9
Weight: 11-11
OR: 155
Days: 51
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
27 Dec 18 Chp Chepstow 29.5f Sft HcChG3 11-12 t 6/20 Elegant Escape (27L) 20/1 155 140
8 Dec 18 Ain Aintree 26f Sft HcChG3 11-7 F/18 Walk In The Mill () 15/2 155 -
21 Apr 18 Ayr Ayr 32f Gd HcChG3 11-6 2/29 Joe Farrell (nse) 9/1 149 158
14 Mar 18 Chl Cheltenham 24.5f Sft NvChG1 11-4 4/10 Presenting Percy (15½L) 9/1 150 155
3 Feb 18 Wet Wetherby 24f Hy NvChG2 11-3 1/6 Vintage Clouds (2¾L) 5/2J 150 155
26 Dec 17 Kem Kempton 24f Sft NvChG1 11-7 t 4/7 Black Corton (27L) 11/4 154 136
3
Silk colours for Royal Vacation
D
Royal Vacation b
J: Paddy Brennan
T: Colin Tizzard
D
Distance Winner - Won before at this distance
Gained his fourth win over fences when landing the Portman Cup at Taunton last month. The handicapper has raised him six-pound for that success though, and he is yet to defy a rating this high.
Back to best, in marathon events; back up weights but can go well if good form continues
0P-261
Age: 9
Weight: 11-8
OR: 152
Days: 28
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
19 Jan 19 Tau Taunton 28.5f GS 2Ch 10-12 b 1/7 The Last Samuri (6L) 7/1 146 156
8 Dec 18 San Sandown 29f Sft 2HcCh 11-11 6/8 Morney Wing (32L) 7/2 146 121
17 Nov 18 Chl Cheltenham 27.5f Gd HcChG3 10-9 2/15 Rock The Kasbah (1¼L) 14/1 143 152
28 Apr 18 San Sandown 29f GS HcChG3 10-10 b PU/20 Step Back () 20/1 145 -
14 Mar 18 Chl Cheltenham 21f Sft HcHG3 11-1 tb 18/26 Bleu Berry (25L) 22/1 142 121
1 Jan 18 Chl Cheltenham 20.5f Hy HG2 11-0 tb 5/8 Wholestone (17L) 12/1 - 136
4
Silk colours for Wakanda
C
Wakanda
J: Danny Cook
T: Sue Smith
C
2 x Course Winner - Won 2 times before at this course
Course Specialist - 2 wins from 3 starts here (67%)
Had Robinsfirth just under two lengths behind when landing the Peter Marsh Chase here last time out. A four-pound rise for that success looks fair, but he is yet to fully convince for his stamina over this trip.
Won the Peter Marsh here last month and he's worth another go at a marathon trip
P0-541
Age: 10
Weight: 11-6
OR: 150
Days: 28
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
19 Jan 19 Hay Haydock 25.5f GS HcChG2 10-10 1/11 Robinsfirth (1¾L) 6/1 146 152
26 Dec 18 Wet Wetherby 24f GS HcChG3 11-10 4/8 Lake View Lad (11L) 11/2 147 146
8 Dec 18 Wet Wetherby 16f Sft 3HcH 11-12 5/8 Aristo Du Plessis (13½L) 9/1 140 129
14 Apr 18 Ain Aintree 25f Sft HcChG3 11-5 11/16 Thomas Patrick (38L) 14/1 148 121
13 Mar 18 Chl Cheltenham 25f Hy HcChG3 11-5 PU/18 Coo Star Sivola () 25/1 148 -
27 Jan 18 Don Doncaster 24f Sft HcChL 11-0 1/13 Warriors Tale (hd) 8/1 145 154
5
Silk colours for Ramses De Teillee
Ramses De Teillee t
J: David Noonan
T: David Pipe
Justified favouritism to score in a handicap chase at Chepstow in December. Recorded a career-best RPR when second in the Welsh Grand National afterwards. That form has worked out well since, and a big run is anticipated here.
Cracking second in the Welsh National; now needs to do it away from Chepstow
79-512
Age: 7
Weight: 11-5
OR: 149
Days: 51
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
27 Dec 18 Chp Chepstow 29.5f Sft HcChG3 11-1 t 2/20 Elegant Escape (1¼L) 10/1 144 156
8 Dec 18 Chp Chepstow 23.5f Hy 2HcCh 11-10 t 1/10 Prime Venture (2½L) 2/1F 140 147
10 Nov 18 Wcn Wincanton 25f Gd HcChL 11-9 t 5/16 Present Man (16L) 8/1 141 137
18 Apr 18 Chl Cheltenham 21f Gd HcChG2 10-6 t 9/16 Traffic Fluide (15½L) 10/1 142 141
13 Mar 18 Chl Cheltenham 25f Hy HcChG3 11-2 t 7/18 Coo Star Sivola (18½L) 12/1 145 134
11 Feb 18 Exe Exeter 24.5f Hy 2Ch 11-4 t 2/4 Elegant Escape (13L) 15/8 148 145
6
Silk colours for Robinsfirth
Robinsfirth t
J: Sean Bowen
T: Colin Tizzard
Sparsely raced in recent years, but he made a promising return from a break when second behind Wakanda here last time out. Goes well fresh, so it is questionable how much improvement he has to come from that run, but he still warrants respect.
Stayed on well for second in the Peter Marsh and he has potential at this new trip
/421-2
Age: 10
Weight: 11-4
OR: 148
Days: 28
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
19 Jan 19 Hay Haydock 25.5f GS HcChG2 10-10 t 2/11 Wakanda (1¾L) 7/1 146 150
15 Dec 17 Chl Cheltenham 26f Sft HcChG3 11-6 t 1/5 Shanroe Santos (2L) 7/4 142 150
25 Nov 17 Hay Haydock 25.5f Hy 2HcCh 11-10 t1 2/8 Chase The Spud (6L) 100/30F 142 148
28 Oct 17 Chl Cheltenham 25f Gd 2HcCh 11-0 4/16 Cogry (9½L) 5/1F 142 145
20 Jan 17 Chp Chepstow 23.5f Sft 3NvHcCh 11-3 UR/9 Tanit River () 2/1F 140 149
1 Jan 17 Exe Exeter 19f Sft 3Ch 10-11 1/7 Theo's Charm (5L) 10/11F 135 145
7
Silk colours for Vieux Lion Rouge
CD
C
Vieux Lion Rouge tp
J: Tom Scudamore
T: David Pipe
CD
C&D Winner - Won before on this course at this distance
C
2 x Course Winner - Won 2 times before at this course
Course Specialist - 2 wins from 3 starts here (67%)
Winner of this race in 2017, without a win from his seven starts since, but he is now back down to his last winning mark. Set too strong a pace in the Welsh Grand National last time out, should improve if setting more sensible fractions here.
Maybe went off too hard in Welsh National latest; won this in 2017; capable of a good show
749-2P
Age: 10
Weight: 11-2
OR: 146
Days: 51
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
27 Dec 18 Chp Chepstow 29.5f Sft HcChG3 11-3 tb PU/20 Elegant Escape () 12/1 146 -
8 Dec 18 Ain Aintree 26f Sft HcChG3 10-12 tp1 2/18 Walk In The Mill (4½L) 11/1 146 152
14 Apr 18 Ain Aintree 34.5f Hy HcChG3 10-13 p 9/38 Tiger Roll (56L) 25/1 150 103
17 Feb 18 Asc Ascot 24f Sft HcChL 11-5 b 4/6 Regal Encore (12L) 13/2 150 147
9 Dec 17 Ain Aintree 26f Hy HcChG3 11-5 p 7/15 Blaklion (65L) 7/1 152 99
4 Nov 17 Wet Wetherby 24f Sft ChG2 11-4 p 4/8 Bristol De Mai (44L) 25/1 154 133
8
Silk colours for Red Infantry
CD
Red Infantry b 1
J: Tom O'Brien
T: Ian Williams
CD
C&D Winner - Won before on this course at this distance
Course and distance winner in November. Has held his form in two subsequent runs, and the return to this trip should suit him today. Needs a shade more to defy his current handicap mark though.
Form has gone to the next level over marathon trips; there could be more to come from him
F-9125
Age: 9
Weight: 10-12
OR: 142
Days: 28
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
19 Jan 19 Hay Haydock 25.5f GS HcChG2 10-6 v 5/11 Wakanda (6L) 7/1 142 141
8 Dec 18 San Sandown 29f Sft 2HcCh 11-2 v 2/8 Morney Wing (1L) 7/2 137 146
24 Nov 18 Hay Haydock 28.5f Gd 3HcCh 11-9 p 1/8 Bishops Road (2¾L) 7/2 132 142
27 Oct 18 Chl Cheltenham 24f GS 2HcH 10-6 p 9/20 The Mighty Don (17L) 14/1 127 115
18 Apr 18 Chl Cheltenham 25.5f Gd 3NvHcCh 11-8 v F/11 Winter Lion () 5/1 132 -
28 Mar 18 War Warwick 24f Sft 4NvHcCh 11-8 v 1/8 Ceann Sibheal (26L) 4/1F 119 138
9
Silk colours for The Two Amigos
D
The Two Amigos
J: Matt Griffiths
T: Nicky Martin
D
Distance Winner - Won before at this distance
Has won three of his four starts since sent back under rules. Up eight pounds for his latest success, however, and this is by far the toughest race he has contested to date.
Highly progressive stayer this season but today is a much tougher test of his credentials
-O1211
Age: 7
Weight: 10-12
OR: 142
Days: 41
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
6 Jan 19 Plu Plumpton 28.5f GS 3HcCh 11-12 1/8 Calin Du Brizais (2¼L) 11/8F 134 147
7 Dec 18 Exe Exeter 30.5f Sft 3HcCh 11-12 1/8 Garrane (3¾L) 15/8F 124 141
8 Nov 18 Mar Market Rasen 24f Gd 4NvHcCh 11-9 2/9 Some Chaos (10L) 7/4F 121 136
12 Oct 18 Nab Newton Abbot 26f Hy 4NvHcCh 10-11 1/6 Clondaw Bisto (53L) 5/2F 109 129
13 May 18 Trd Trebudannon 24f Gd OpenPTP 11-7 RO/4 Golden Hoof () 4/5F - -
21 Apr 18 Flp Flete Park 24f GS CnfPTP 12-6 1/9 () 4/6F - -
10
Silk colours for Ballyarthur
Ballyarthur t
J: Jamie Bargary
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
His form has improved since returning to this venue, but he was behind Wakanda and Robinsfirth here last time out. Outstayed over the extended 3m1f trip that day, so the extra yardage on offer here is not sure to suit.
Has run really well in defeat here the last twice (2m7f/3m1f), but has been outstayed
-5P624
Age: 9
Weight: 10-10
OR: 140
Days: 28
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
19 Jan 19 Hay Haydock 25.5f GS HcChG2 10-4 t 4/11 Wakanda (4¼L) 16/1 140 142
22 Dec 18 Hay Haydock 23f Hy 2HcCh 11-2 2/11 Daklondike (1L) 10/1 132 143
8 Nov 18 Nby Newbury 20f Gd 3HcCh 11-12 t 6/13 Siruh Du Lac (26L) 20/1 135 116
18 Oct 18 Utt Uttoxeter 22.5f GS 3NvHcCh 11-12 t PU/12 Just A Sting () 16/1 137 -
12 May 18 Hay Haydock 20.5f Gd 2HcCh 11-5 t 5/7 Beggar's Wishes (31L) 9/4F 138 127
26 Apr 18 Per Perth 20f Sft 3NvHcCh 11-8 t 1/6 Bollin Ace (8L) 5/2 129 143
12
Silk colours for Carole's Destrier
D
Carole's Destrier p
J: Aidan Coleman
T: Neil Mulholland
D
Distance Winner - Won before at this distance
Broke a long losing run when landing the Mandarin Chase at Newbury on his penultimate start. Held at Warwick last time out, however, and he looks vulnerable to a less exposed rival in this company.
Back to winning ways two starts ago but more needed than when 4th at Warwick subsequently
5-3P14
Age: 11
Weight: 10-8
OR: 138
Days: 35
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
12 Jan 19 War Warwick 29.5f Gd HcChG3 10-6 p 4/12 Impulsive Star (8¾L) 12/1 138 140
29 Dec 18 Nby Newbury 26f GS 3HcCh 11-12 p 1/10 Ballydine (¾L) 12/1 135 143
11 Nov 18 San Sandown 24f Sft 2HcCh 11-7 p PU/11 Loose Chips () 100/30J 136 -
14 Oct 18 Chp Chepstow 23.5f GS 2HcCh 11-3 p 3/13 Kings Lad (9½L) 9/2 136 138
28 Apr 18 San Sandown 29f GS HcChG3 10-3 p1 5/20 Step Back (28L) 14/1 138 131
21 Feb 18 Don Doncaster 24f GS 2HcCh 11-12 PU/12 Band Of Blood () 13/2 146 -
13
Silk colours for Bishops Road
CD
Bishops Road b
J: Mitchell Bastyan 5
T: Kerry Lee
CD
C&D Winner - Won before on this course at this distance
Landed this contest in 2016, but he has failed to add to that success from his sixteen starts since. Currently seven-pound below that last winning handicap mark, but he finished pulled up at Sandown last time out and has some questions to answer now.
Pulled up at Sandown latest but this track may suit better; won this in 2016
U632UP
Age: 11
Weight: 10-7
OR: 137
Days: 42
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
5 Jan 19 San Sandown 24f GS 2HcCh 11-5 tb PU/17 Houblon Des Obeaux () 20/1 137 -
1 Dec 18 Ncs Newcastle 23.5f Sft HcChL 10-11 tb UR/12 Lake View Lad () 6/1 137 -
24 Nov 18 Hay Haydock 28.5f Gd 3HcCh 11-12 tb 2/8 Red Infantry (2¾L) 13/2 135 143
28 Oct 18 Ain Aintree 25f Gd 2HcCh 11-1 tb 3/8 Exitas (28L) 14/1 137 121
14 Oct 18 Chp Chepstow 23.5f GS 2HcCh 11-6 tb 6/13 Kings Lad (19L) 16/1 142 136
12 Sep 18 Lis Listowel 24f Sft HcCh 10-10 tb UR/18 Snow Falcon () 16/1 139 -
14
Silk colours for Ah Littleluck
Ah Littleluck t
J: David Mullins
T: Thomas Gibney
Broke his maiden tag over fences at the sixth attempt when landing a beginners’ chase at Navan last month. Now returns to handicap company, but he does need more to defy this rating, and others look more likely winners today.
Won 3m beginners chase at Navan last time and he's hinted this sort of trip may suit
20U341
Age: 9
Weight: 10-5
OR: 135
Days: 28
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
19 Jan 19 Nav Navan 24f Y Ch 11-12 t 1/7 Frankly All Talk (9½L) 7/2 124 130
1 Oct 18 Ros Roscommon 21f Gd Ch 11-12 t 4/11 Clara Sorrento (14½L) 9/1 - 114
23 Sep 18 Nav Navan 20f GF Ch 11-12 t 3/6 Its All Guesswork (7½L) 7/1 - 121
23 Aug 18 Kln Killarney 22.5f Gd Ch 11-12 t UR/8 Cap D'Aubois () 10/1 - -
2 Aug 18 Gal Galway 22.5f Sft Ch 11-12 t 10/14 Minella Beau (114L) 5/1 - 17
6 Jul 18 Wex Wexford 25f GF Ch 11-12 t 2/9 Adimelo (4½L) 11/4 - 121
15
Silk colours for Pobbles Bay
Pobbles Bay
J: Leighton Aspell
T: Evan Williams
Struggled for form last season, but he shaped with some promise when third at Ffos Las in November on his return from a 224-day break. Back over fences today, and he is currently eight-pound below his last winning mark; interesting contender.
Struggled over fences last season; signs of revival over hurdles on return; not discounted
974P-3
Age: 9
Weight: 10-1
OR: 131
Days: 97
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
11 Nov 18 Ffo Ffos Las 24f Hy 3HcH 11-6 3/7 Buckhorn Timothy (11L) 7/2 126 121
1 Apr 18 Ffo Ffos Las 28f Hy 3HcCh 11-12 PU/12 Henri Parry Morgan () 12/1 138 -
11 Feb 18 Exe Exeter 24.5f Hy 2Ch 11-8 4/4 Elegant Escape (39L) 9/1 141 124
6 Jan 18 Chp Chepstow 29.5f Hy HcChG3 11-5 7/20 Raz De Maree (43L) 20/1 144 118
11 Nov 17 Ain Aintree 20f Sft 2HcCh 11-7 9/12 On Tour (23L) 9/1 145 134
14 Jan 17 War Warwick 24f Sft NvChL 11-4 5/7 American (15L) 4/1 146 136
16
Silk colours for Chef D'Oeuvre
C
Chef D'Oeuvre
J: Jonathan England
T: Sam England
C
Course Winner - Won before at this course
Got off the mark at the third attempt for these connections when landing a handicap chase here in December. This is a much more competitive assignment though, and he has to run from three-pound out of the weights.
Won over 3m3f here last time; may still be mileage in mark but he might want soft/heavy
62-431
Age: 8
Weight: -
OR: 127
Days: 48
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
30 Dec 18 Hay Haydock 27.5f Sft 2HcCh 10-4 1/10 Back To The Thatch (2¾L) 7/1 119 136
16 Dec 18 Crl Carlisle 26f Sft 3HcCh 11-8 3/7 Nakadam (9½L) 11/4J 120 120
17 Nov 18 Utt Uttoxeter 26f GS 3HcCh 11-5 4/10 Crosspark (21L) 25/1 122 121
15 Jan 18 Ayr Ayr 24.5f Hy 4HcH 11-5 p 2/9 Too Many Chiefs (¾L) 5/1 120 125
6 Jan 18 Chp Chepstow 23.5f Hy 2HcH 10-4 b1 6/8 Flemcara (18½L) 9/2 123 113
28 Nov 17 Lin Lingfield 23.5f Sft 3HcCh 11-10 p PU/7 Full Irish () 100/30J 127 -
11
Silk colours for Impulsive Star
D
Impulsive Star p
T: Neil Mulholland
D
Distance Winner - Won before at this distance
Going Specialist - 2 wins from 3 starts on this ground (67%)
234-21
Age: 9
Weight: 10-9
OR: 139
Days: 35
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
12 Jan 19 War Warwick 29.5f Gd HcChG3 9-12 p 1/12 Calett Mad (3¼L) 8/1 133 145
17 Dec 18 Plu Plumpton 25.5f Sft 3NvCh 11-0 2/4 Ok Corral (2¼L) 3/1 133 120
13 Mar 18 Chl Cheltenham 32f Sft NvChG2 11-6 p 4/16 Rathvinden (24L) 25/1 132 135
19 Jan 18 Chp Chepstow 23.5f Hy 3NvCh 10-9 p1 3/4 Ramses De Teillee (10½L) 11/4 134 137
1 Jan 18 Cat Catterick 25.5f Sft 4NvCh 11-0 2/4 Three Ways (hd) 6/5F 139 135
19 Dec 17 Cat Catterick 25.5f GS 3Ch 10-13 F/3 Alzammaar () 10/11F 139 -
Verdict

Preference is for last month's Peter Marsh runner-up ROBINSFIRTH, who could improve for this longer trip. Wakanda is feared most.

Verdict silk image
Robinsfirth

Betting Forecast:

13/2 Robinsfirth,

7/1 Ramses De Teillee,

8/1 Yala Enki,

Impulsive Star,

10/1 Royal Vacation,

11/1 Ballyoptic,

Wakanda,

Vieux Lion Rouge,

The Two Amigos,

12/1 Pobbles Bay,

14/1 Red Infantry,

16/1 Ballyarthur,

Carole's Destrier,

Ah Littleluck,

Chef D'Oeuvre,

33/1 Bishops Road

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