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15:35 Ascot

Soft

SBK Clarence House Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £85425
  • 2m 0f 167y
  • Class 1
  • 4 runners
  • Win time: 4m 16s
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SBK Clarence House Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

4/6 (Won)

  • Win: £1.84

Form: 1111-1 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 172

Form & Verdict

Hugely talented and is very much in the mould of former star stablemates Sprinter Sacre and Altior; emulated those top horses by winning last season's Arkle in great style (followed up in Aintree Grade 1, then had wind surgery); missed the Tingle Creek after failing to spark in training, then reappeared in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton (soft) where he hit a brief flat spot when the pace quickened but soon found his stride and powered home in brilliant fashion; now 6-6 as a chaser and commands the utmost respect in this next stepping stone to the Champion Chase.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

6

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Shishkin

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Won this last year (good to soft); refused to race on reappearance (his sole outing in cheekpieces); may well have won the Grade 1 King George at Kempton (3m, good) in December but for stumbling/unseating just after two out; ready Grade 2 win at Newbury (2m7f, heavy) in February; didn't run in last month's Gold Cup due to an unsatisfactory scope and there remains a question mark regarding the form of the stable, but he's a key player if at his best.

5/2

1st

2

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:05 Newbury

Shishkin

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

jumped left on occasions, raced in second, not fluent 3rd, not fluent 13th, pressed leader after 4 out, led 3 out, soon faced challenge, not fluent last, ridden and kept on well run-in

4/6

0

5

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Shishkin

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Has become somewhat enigmatic nowadays and refused to race in first-time cheekpieces at Ascot on last month's reappearance (no headgear today); however, he won his sixth Grade 1 when responding to pressure and leading after the final fence in the 3m1f Aintree Bowl in April, on his first crack at a staying trip under rules, and he's capable of having a big say if on his best behaviour.

7/2

Form: 111-11 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 171

Form & Verdict

Highly exciting chaser and an electric front-runner whose talent is underlined by the fact he has plenty in reserve no matter what pace he sets; for example, he scored easily at Punchestown (Grade 1 novice; yielding) in April and Cork (Grade 2; soft) last month despite forcing or helping to force a strong gallop both times; remains unbeaten over fences; missed a clash with Shishkin in last season's Arkle due to a setback; now set for a pulsating showdown with that rival and, with limitations not yet exposed, could easily prove hard to peg back.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

3

25th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Punchestown

Energumene

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, mistake 4th, headway when mistake 4 out, went second 3 out, led narrowly 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, rallied run-in, led again towards finish

2/5

1st

4

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Energumene

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

travelled strongly, jumped right on occasions, prominent, disputed lead 6th, good jump 4 out, mistake 3 out, soon led clearly going easily, clear when another good jump last, kept on well run-in, impressive

6/4

3rd

4

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 1

13:20 Cheltenham

Energumene

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent, went second before 2 out, shaken up when blundered last, soon no extra

4/7

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10/1

Form: 116-61 CD

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 162

Form & Verdict

8-14 over fences despite sometimes being a clumsy jumper; regained the winning thread in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon (good) seven weeks ago when upped to 2m4f; produced a powerful performance to win this race last year (soft) under a bold ride, taking on Politologue a long way from home and running on strongly; has a catch-22 situation this time round, as he may burn himself out if taking on the fast Energumene and may struggle to contain Shishkin if ridden patiently; third-best on ratings.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

1

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Lingfield

First Flow

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

A longer trip may be preferable but he was a good second off this mark at Ascot (2m1f, soft) in November on his reappearance, and filled the same position at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) last time; also effective on good/good to soft; this highly admirable 12yo can give another good account.

6/1

3

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

First Flow

11st 11lb

T: Kim Bailey

2nd

1

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 2

13:05 Chepstow

First Flow

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

prominent, led 3rd, headed after 3 out, kept on final 110yds

9/4

Form: 28-126 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Useful handicap chaser who has form figures of 1212 over this C&D, most recently beaten a short head in November; below par at Cheltenham last month; should be suited by the return to this venue but faces a stiff task against top-tier rivals; has the worst chance at the weights.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

6

27th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:05 Kempton

Amoola Gold

11st 2lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Both wins last season came over hurdles, including Chepstow contest on final outing; hasn't won over fences since 2020 and current mark reflects a general decline in his form; very well handicapped on his useful best.

7/1

1st

1

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

12:45 Chepstow

Amoola Gold

11st 9lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Very useful chaser at his best; very much on the downgrade now and was tailed off at Haydock last month but was able to exploit his novice hurdle status in three-runner contest at Huntingdon (2m4f, good) two starts ago and ought to play a leading role here.

11/10

6th

4

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 67y

Class 3

17:20 Haydock

Amoola Gold

11st 10lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

No win since 2020 as a chaser and he's not been firing on all cylinders this season; won latest start but that came when 8-13 in a three-runner novice hurdle; acts on soft, unraced on heavy; down the weights (14lb lower than this time last year) but has questions to answer.

13/2

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Straight Forecast £22.20
Trifecta £26.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Shishkin

POSTDATA:

Energumene

RP Ratings:

Shishkin

TOPSPEED:

Shishkin

LAMBOURN:

Shishkin

The Times:

Shishkin

Telegraph:

Shishkin

Daily Mail:

Shishkin

Daily Mirror:

Shishkin

The Star:

Shishkin

Daily Record:

Shishkin

The Guardian:

Energumene

Daily Express:

Energumene

The Sun:

Energumene