Sodexo Clarence House Chase (Grade 1) 2m 1f

  • (5yo+, 2m 1f, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £59,084 2nd £22,260 3rd £11,140 4th £5,565 5th £2,793 6th £1,396 7th £693 8th £357
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 20.70s
  • Off time: 15:36:09

Full Result

15:35 Ascot
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 6 Sire De Grugy (FR) G L Moore 8 11-7 J E Moore 5/4f
SP 5/4f Sometimes jumped left, held up in rear but in touch, steady headway to 4th approaching 8th, joined leaders on bit 3 out, led well before 2 out, went left 2 out, soon drew clear, went left again last, very easily opened 11/8 £3000-£2000 £1200-£800(x2) £3300-£2400 £1250-£1000 £550-£400 £625-£500 £2500-£2000 £500-£400(x2)
2nd 11 2 Hidden Cyclone (IRE) J J Hanlon 9 11-7 p Andrew J McNamara 4/1
SP 4/1 Led until before 2nd, chased leader, not fluent 8th, joined when not fluent 3 out, chased winner before 2 out, ridden and no chance soon after, kept on for clear 2nd opened 7/2 touched 9/2 £2400-£600
3rd 15 3 Kauto Stone (FR) P F Nicholls 8 11-7 b S Twiston-Davies 16/1
SP 16/1 Tracked leader, led before 2nd, ridden and joined 3 out, headed well before 2 out, dropped to 3rd and no extra before 2 out opened 14/1
4th 1 Days Hotel (IRE) H De Bromhead 9 11-7 R Johnson 10/1
SP 10/1 Jumped left, chased leading pair, weakened 3 out
5th 7 5 Oiseau de Nuit (FR) C L Tizzard 12 11-7 t J Tizzard 28/1
SP 28/1 Held up in touch in 5th, dropped to rear 7th, weakened soon after 8th opened 25/1
6th 25 4 Lancetto (FR) Evan Williams 9 11-7 p Adam Wedge 50/1
SP 50/1 Chased leaders in 4th until approaching 8th, weakened before next, tailed off
UR 7 Somersby (IRE) M R Channon 10 11-7 D Elsworth 11/4
SP 11/4 Held up in last pair in touch, screwed slithered on landing and unseated rider 5th opened 7/2 £1200-£400

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.90 Tote Place £1.10 £2.10 Straight Forecast £6.58 Exacta £6.00 Trifecta £52.80 Swingers 1&2 £2.00, 2&3 £8.00, 1&3 £6.00

Placepot £150.10, Pool: £154424.94, 750.66 winning tickets
Quadpot £37.90, Pool: £10177.5, 198.35 winning tickets

Analysis

A superb performance from SIRE DE GRUGY who can do little more to persuade his doubters of his qualities. It's likely that he will always suffer for being held in comparison to Sprinter Sacre but few could hold a candle to Nicky Henderson's charge at his best and it remains to be seen if he can return to that form after his well-publicised problems. With Henderson's Simonsig also sidelined, this division was up for grabs and Sire De Grugy has taken it by the neck and then some. Jumping better than most, he made smooth progress through the field before winning as he liked with, seemingly, plenty of fuel left in the tank and his jockey later admitted that he 'was having a laugh at them' from two out. Main market rival Somersby was an early casualty while Hidden Cyclone has yet to convince many that he's out of the top drawer despite a narrow defeat (which connections appealed against unsuccessfully) in a Grade One over Christmas but he could no more than win as he did. The one blot on his copybook this season is his defeat in a handicap at Cheltenham which led connections to comment that they didn't feel the course brought out the best in him (for reasons they couldn't put their finger on) and that remains the one major concern for those considering supporting him in the Champion Chase as underfoot conditions appear to come alike. Hidden Cyclone could re-oppose there with connections believing that he's better going left-handed and that the ground may be more to his liking; he's certainly entitled to take his chance and can jump better than he did here but he will have his work cut out to reverse the form. Kauto Stone has generally been disappointing for this yard and was beaten further than in the Tingle Creek where he also adopted forcing tactics when wearing blinkers for the first time. It would be interesting to see him adopt a similar ploy on faster ground for all that he has plenty to prove, he wasn't entirely disgraced. Days Hotel was found wanting in this company while Oiseau De Nuit may well have paid the price for being put in the race earlier than at Kempton where he finished just four lengths behind Sire De Grugy while his best form has been on faster ground.