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Saturday: 2:40 p.m. Haydock
Virgin Bet Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase | 3m1½f | 4 years + | ITV4 / RTV
The central question of this year’s Tommy Whittle requires looking back three weeks. How would Remastered have made it to the Ladbrokes Trophy if he had stood up?
To answer this question, you need a longer memory. The same horse’s victory at Reynoldstown in February was marked by relentless endurance. The inference is that he was not going anywhere in Newbury and would have been there on arrival.
The straights on the Newbury and Haydock chase routes are similar, in the sense of a gang tale. Both contain four fences, rise about 10 to 15 feet to the finish line, and are comfortably over half a mile long – Haydock is around 4.45 feet, Newbury 4.75 feet , a difference of about 60 meters.
There is a qualitative feeling that the horses are more tired in Haydock, where the ground at this time of year tends to be more trying. It’s heavy here, while it was slack on Ladbrokes Trophy day. Anyway, you better hope Remastered sees it three weeks ago if it wants to win here.
To reinforce that impression, the Tommy Whittle was won last year by Sam’s Adventure, which went on to win the Eider two months later. He defends the title and gets the heavy ground that seems to be important to him.
His two runs this winter can be largely overlooked, with conditions and his SPs suggesting he was on his way back to Haydock. He weighs 9 pounds more than last year, but only 3 pounds above his Eider mark.
The others of note are Acey Milan and Enqarde. Like Sam’s Adventure, Acey Milan went before the straight in the Peter Marsh here in January when he was doing well, although he would have done extremely well to beat Royale Mayhem.
Enqarde won at Ascot the same day and then appeared not to stay in the Grand National Trial here. He jumps to the left and draws some attention to Exeter when he reappears. Like Sam’s Adventure – and Acey Milan – the feeling is that a return to Haydock was the goal.
Race Analysis by Keith Melrose
Remastered offers for compensation
Remastered was set to play a major role in last month’s Ladbrokes Trophy final before a heavy fall to four and coach David Pipe is hoping that incident didn’t leave a mark.
Strong in betting before Newbury’s big handicap, Remastered traveled well and rose to his challenge by suffering his first crash in 15 runs over obstacles.
The winner of the level 2 novice pursuit, who trained on heavy terrain, is able to race on the same mark and has regular driver Tom Scudamore on board as he offers to get compensation.
Pipe said: “He’s done well. He’s had a lot of physiotherapy and treatment since then, and we’ve done a lot of work on him. He’s been enjoying his schooling since then and, knock on the woods, his confidence. wasn’t shaken.; but it was a horrible drop and you can’t tell until you get back to the racetrack.
“He’s back on soft ground and if that fall hasn’t left a mark, I hope he must have a great chance.”
Remastered had an alternate entry that day, but Pipe believes the Tommy Whittle, a race the coach will be looking to win for the third time in eight years, offers a more appropriate challenge.
“He was at Ascot but the three miles there it’s a quick descent to the first and it’s important that he picks up the pace and clears the first barriers,” he said.
“It’s important for him to get around this race, but he’s a very good jumper and that was just a shame.”
What they say
Sue Smith, Vintage Clouds trainer and Silva Eclipse
Vintage Clouds is in good shape but has a lot of weight to carry around the ground. He loves being there and everything is going well for him. Silva Eclipse also has good course form, more over hurdles than fencing. He does very well to get there and the terrain will suit him, if they don’t go that fast.
Alan King, Notachance trainer
I would love to meet him again before the Classic Chase next month in Warwick. Although it was a bit of a disappointment in the repeat pursuit at Newcastle, the pitch probably wasn’t slow enough for him there.
Evan Williams, Fado Des Brosses trainer
He has to start because he’s been ready to run for a long time. Like many soft-pitched horses, we struggled to find an opportunity. He needs a lot of cutting in the ground, so we go there with him.
Anthony Honeyball, Acey Milan coach
I am very happy with him. It has this class and this form; he’s been second in a £ 100,000 hurdle race here before. We handed him the cheeks today and he won at Aintree last season, so we know he faces those kinds of barriers. Hope he has a good race, is on a high note and could still be a bit unexposed. It wouldn’t be the biggest shock to see him win a race like this.
Olly Murphy, Calipso Collonges coach
He’s in great shape and loves proving grounds. Touch wood, he is also a solid jumper and has done well in the race before. He’s going over there on a peak after winning last time, not having done it for a while before that, and in what seems like a competitive race I’d say he holds a solid chance in every way. .
Venetia Williams, Fuji Flight trainer
It’s a big step forward for him, but the form of his last race worked well. The track and the ground should be fine for him and I hope the light weight could lead him to improve in class. It’s a big request though.
Report by Andrew Dietz
Scoop6 bonus to be won
Christmas could come early for the aptly named Chris Carroll, who won last weekend’s Scoop 6 and is aiming for the £ 237,909 bonus on Saturday.
The £ 2 Betfred shop punter managed to find all six winners last Saturday to take home £ 27,566.30, with Martello Sky sealing the prize by holding on by an Indefatigable neck in the mare handicap hurdle at Cheltenham .
And Carroll will have his work cut out for him if he wants to land the six-figure bonus because he has to find the winner of the Tommy Whittle.
The 3m1½f handicap pursuit promises to be a chore on difficult terrain at Haydock and has drawn 16 riders, with the hapless Ladbrokes Trophy Faller Remastered the likely favorite.
The previews of Saturday’s race:
1.50 Ascot: Did the handicapper give the ‘frustrating’ Palmers Hill a chance to win?
2.05 Haydock: “I don’t know how good he is” – Oliver Sherwood in the dark on Little Awkward
2.25 Ascot: Coach Sneak Peek at Thyme Hill, Paisley Park, Ronald Pump and more
3:00 PM Ascot: “It comes to life here” – veteran Regal Encore returns to learn more about his favorite track
3.35 Ascot: “He’s got a real chance” – analysis and key quotes for a valuable handicap hurdle
Navan: American Mike, Champion Bumper favorite, makes offer to join illustrious honor roll
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FIRST PUBLISHED 6:00 PM, DEC 17, 2021