Mad Max set for Graduation

Former Henderson inmate ready for return

Last Updated: 17/01/12 11:27am

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Mad Max: Haydock target

Mad Max: Haydock target

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Mad Max - who also has entries at Ascot and in the Peter Marsh Chase - is more likely to run in Saturday's Betfair Graduation Chase at Haydock.

The giant 10-year-old showed high-class form when trained by Nicky Henderson, but has yet to make his debut for his new trainer Neill Mulholland having been held up by a foot problem.

However, Mulholland feels his charge is ready for a racecourse appearance and is currently looking at a trip to Merseyside, having given the gelding three weekend entries.

"I haven't spoken to the owner yet, but it would be nice to run the horse in the graduation chase at Haydock," said Mulholland.

"He's in the Peter Marsh as well and I've also put him in at Ascot if we decide to go that way, but at the moment the graduation chase is the one I'm favouring.

"The horse is fit and well and he's obviously been ready to run for a while. He just had that corn on his foot which ruled him out of the Becher Chase and it held us up a bit, but he's in good form now.

"The ground is heavy at Haydock at the moment, which might not be ideal, but the graduation chase will have a small field and it looks a good place for him to come back.

"He does have a high knee action, so I wouldn't say he won't handle softer ground, but he would probably enjoy nicer ground a bit better."

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