Victor Chandler Chase (Registered As The Clarence House Chase) (Grade 1) 2m 110y

  • (5yo+, 2m 110y, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £39,389 2nd £14,840 3rd £7,427 4th £3,710 5th £1,862 6th £931 7th £462 8th £238
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 32.80s
  • Off time: 13:51:13
Full result
Result 13:50 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 8 Sprinter Sacre 1/5f
2nd 4 Mad Moose 14 50/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
2 627FP
Red, Yellow seams, halved sleeves, quartered cap Kinkeel (IRE) 18
  • T:A W Carroll
  • J:Matthew Batchelor
  • Form: 627FP
  • Age: 14
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 64
  • Naps:
14 161 11-7 A W Carroll Matthew Batchelor 64 150/1
3 2F122
Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Kumbeshwar 30
  • T:A King
  • J:W Hutchinson
  • Form: 2F122
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7b
  • OR: 150
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 b A King W Hutchinson 150 25/1
4 1-R304
LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Mad Moose (IRE) 42
  • T:N A Twiston-Davies
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 1-R304
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-7b
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
9 161 11-7 b N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 138 50/1
5 7B6-16
YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 42
  • T:C L Tizzard
  • J:J Tizzard
  • Form: 7B6-16
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 157
  • Naps:
11 161 11-7 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 157 33/1
6 111-31
Red, pink hoop and armlets Sanctuaire (FR) 30
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 111-31
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 167
  • Naps:
7 161 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 167 6/1
7 24172-
Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Somersby (IRE) 273
  • T:M R Channon
  • J:D Elsworth
  • Form: 24172-
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 165
  • Naps:
9 161 11-7 M R Channon D Elsworth 165 8/1
8 1111-1
Red, Royal Blue chevrons, armlets and star on cap Sprinter Sacre (FR) 49
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 1111-1
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 179
  • Naps:
7 161 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 179 1/5f

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
1 868287
Esteem 9
  • Nag Me
  • Distance Winner
  • T:P D Evans
  • J:A Glassonbury
  • Form: 868287
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-7t
  • OR: 94
  • Naps:
10 117 t P D Evans A Glassonbury 94 NR
9 111/11
William's Wishes (IRE) 21
  • Nag Me
  • Distance Winner
  • T:Evan Williams
  • J:Adam Wedge
  • Form: 111/11
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 153
  • Naps:
8 117 Evan Williams Adam Wedge 153 NR

In depth

Verdict

SPRINTER SACRE has the incredibly high rating of 179 over fences and it's not difficult to understand why. The most exciting two-miler seen for some time, he's hardly been out of a canter in all six starts over fences and had no problems whatsoever picking off the front-running Sanctuaire in the Tingle Creek at Sandown. The latter has since easily reversed form with Sandown runner-up Kumbeshwar in the Grade 2 Desert Orchid at Kempton and can beat that rival again while he also holds a verdict over the returning Somersby at Sandown last April. The remainder are playing for places with Oiseau De Nuit, who easily beat Kumbeshwar at Chepstow in October, possibly the best of them.

Formwatch

Esteem 16-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway after 6th, ridden and weakened after 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 14, well behind Master Of The Sea (11-7) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.

William's Wishes (IRE) Evensfav (11-11) Held up in rear, headway to 4th 4 out, went 3rd travelling well before mistake and stumbled 2 out, recovered and switched right before last, challenged last, led and edged left flat, ridden out, won at Sandown 2m hcp chs (2) sft beating Nozic (9-10) by 2l, 6 ran.

Sprinter Sacre (FR) 4-11fav (11-7) Chased clear leader, not fluent 4th, took closer order 4 out, led next, quickened clear before last, unextended, very impressive, won at Sandown 2m Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec beating Kumbeshwar (11-7) by 15l, 7 ran.

Mad Moose (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up in last trio, chased leaders briefly before 2 out, went moderate 4th between last 2, no chance with leaders, 4th of 7, 32l behind Zarkandar (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Dec.

Somersby (IRE) 11-4fav (11-6) Held up in 5th and off the pace, went 4th 4 out, went 2nd approaching and plenty to do when hit 2 out, plugged on, never able to challenge, 2nd of 8, 17l behind Sanctuaire (11-2) at Sandown 2m chs G2 (1) sft in Apr.

Sanctuaire (FR) 11-8fav (11-10) Led, rider lost whip some time after 5th, ridden and headed after 4 out, led again before 2 out, clear approaching last, ran on well, won at Kempton 2m Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec beating Kumbeshwar (11-6) by 13l, 5 ran.

Kumbeshwar 5-1 (11-6) Prominent, not fluent 6th, ridden approaching 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, no impression, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 5, 13l behind Sanctuaire (11-10) at Kempton 2m Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.

Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place after 5 out, behind from next, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Shooters Wood (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs (2) hvy in Dec.

Kinkeel (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Led to 8th, led again before 10th, headed 4 out, weakened and lost remote 3rd when jumped right 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Loughalder (10-1) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy, 6 ran.