Remastered to give victory to Gold Cup winning owner Garth Broom in Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock
Owner Garth Broom believes Remastered has the potential to fill the void left by 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River by winning gold for the first time this season at second-year Peter Marsh handicap pursuit at Haydock.
Broom and his wife Anne, who operate as Brocade Racing, are looking for a new standard bearer to carry their silks after Native River retires at the end of 2021.
Since making an encouraging return to hurdle action at Aintree in early November, the David Pipe-trained Remaster has dropped in the third year Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and finished second in the Virgin Bet Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase of the last month at Haydock Park.
Although things have not quite gone to plan so far this season for the nine-year-old, who holds a Cheltenham Gold Cup entry to the Festival in March, Broom is confident he can reunite with the kind of shape that saw it. won three of his four starts on the fences last season in Saturday’s extended 3m 1f contest.
The Peter Marsh Chase is part of a seven-race card with £294,000 on offer – a record for this race day.
Broom said: “I’m pretty confident he could end up being our flag bearer, but he still needs to find another 20 pounds to be a serious contender for the top races.
“We’re getting 17lbs from Royale Pagaille and that’s why we’re going to Haydock rather than dropping level weights at Lingfield.
“He’s 10lbs and 7lbs which is a good race weight, so hopefully he can perform well at that weight.
“I think he is an improving horse and hopefully he finds enough improvement to be a serious contender on Saturday. David (Pipe) thinks there are improvements to come as well.
“He had a fantastic time last season. I don’t think he stayed quite the trip in the National Hunt Chase but it turns out it was a pretty hot run and he still ran well the low.
“Last time maybe the race was a bit fast for him and I felt he was probably 90 per cent that day. Hopefully he’ll be 100 per cent on Saturday. I think we’ve found that he’s not as dependent on very heavy ground as he was before and that gives us a bit more play when it comes to the ground. It’s just a matter of keeping our fingers crossed now.”
Beyond his next assignment, Broom insists that the decision on which route Remastered will take for the rest of the campaign will come down to his performance over the weekend.
Broom continued: “We put him in the Gold Cup as he ran a cracker into the Ladbrokes trophy before he went down and then gave more than a stone to the winner when he was beaten last time out. .
“We’ve been a bit frustrated this season as we thought he would be a bit more advanced than he was, but we’re lucky to still have him as we thought for a while that we had lost at Newbury.
“We will decide after Saturday if we continue on the road to the Gold Cup or if we opt for something else.
“I told David and Tom (Scudamore, jockey) I had to find you a Gold Cup winner, but Remastered would have to win by 10 lengths to go that route. We’ll just take one run at a time.
While Broom can’t wait to see Remastered in action again, he admits it was “emotional” to make the decision to retire Native River, who insists he could have relocated “50 times” after calling back the long and successful career of the popular gelding. last month after being arrested in the Welsh National at Chepstow.
He said: “It was very emotional to retire from Native River. We let him do a few runs and he didn’t really like it, so we thought it was time to go with him.
“He was so good to deal with and he always ran with his heart on his sleeve. He didn’t know how to make a bad run.
“We got many offers from across the country asking about him to do things like dressage and we could have rehomed him 50 times. Richard Johnson (former jockey who rode Native River to victory in the 2018 Gold Cup) phoned us to thank us for letting him ride him.
“He will be really missed, but he’s only about two miles down the road because he’s going to be at Tom Malone’s.
“They want to parade him in Newbury with Altior before the Denman Chase and then he’ll come back to Tom. It will be great for us because then we can see it all the time.
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