15:35 Ascot

Saturday 23 January 2021

All12:4013:1513:5014:2515:0015:3516:10
  • Matchbook Betting Exchange Clarence House Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
  • Class 1  |   2m 167y  |   Soft (Heavy In Places)  |   8 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:35  |   Winning time: 4m 18.48s
1
Bun Doran43
Age: 10|  Weight: 11-7| J: S Bowen| T: T R George| OR:  154
80/1
Kempton Grade 2 winner last winter. Also third in Champion Chase in March but it was a substandard renewal of that race and he's been below par on both runs this term. Others more appealing.
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2
Defi Du Seuil69
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-7| J: R Johnson| T: P J Hobbs| OR:  168| BF| CD
9/2
Landed this last year but he disappointed when odds-on for the Champion Chase in March and posted another lacklustre display on his reappearance. Top-class at best but something to prove for now.
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3
Duc Des Genievrest27
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-7| J: D A Jacob| T: P F Nicholls| OR:  159
18/1
2019 Arkle winner for Willie Mullins. Just about his best run since when second to Put The Kettle On in Cheltenham Grade 2 on reappearance/yard debut but not in same form when third at Kempton since.
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4
Fanion D'estruval43
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-7| J: Charlie Deutsch| T: Miss V Williams| OR:  154| D
10/1
Impressive on British debut last winter. Disappointed in Kempton Grade 2 next time but back on track when second in 2m Cheltenham handicap on return. Going well when falling 3 out in Grade 2 since.
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5
First Flow27
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-7| J: David Bass| T: K C Bailey| OR:  156| CD
14/1
Useful hurdler who has progressed into a smart chaser, making it 6 wins in last 8 starts when landing Castleford at Wetherby over Christmas. This asks a much bigger question of him, though.
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6
Le Patrioteb42
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-7| J: Charlie Hammond| T: Dr R D P Newland| OR:  146| C| D
100/1
Pair of novice chase wins this term but limitations over fences seemingly exposed when well-held third in Grade 2 in between and surely biting off more than he can chew in this company.
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7
Politologuet49
Age: 10|  Weight: 11-7| J: H Cobden| T: P F Nicholls| OR:  169| C| D
11/8
Dominated from the outset when back to very best to land Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March and returned to win a second Tingle Creek at Sandown last month. The one to beat if in similar mood.
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8
Waiting Patientlyp28
Age: 10|  Weight: 11-7| J: B S Hughes| T: Ruth Jefferson| OR:  167| C
5/2
Impressive winner of 2½m Grade 1 here in 2018. Fine third in 2m Tingle Creek on sole run last term and underlined his versatility regards trip when fast-finishing second in 3m King George on return.
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Forecasts

Politologue (11/8), Waiting Patiently (5/2), Defi Du Seuil (9/2), Fanion D'estruval (10/1), First Flow (14/1), Duc Des Genievres (18/1), Bun Doran (80/1), Le Patriote (100/1)

Verdict

POLITOLOGUE is minus Harry Skelton, who has struck up such a good relationship with him, but he'll take plenty of stopping if in anything like the same form as when landing a second Tingle Creek last month. With doubts about the current form of Defi du Seuil the obvious threat is King George runner-up Waiting Patiently, who showed he has the speed for 2m when third in last season's Tingle Creek.

  1. POLITOLOGUE (FR)
  2. WAITING PATIENTLY (IRE)
  3. FANION D'ESTRUVAL (FR)

Previous Winners

2020
Defi Du Seuil
Weight: 11-7  |Age: 7
11/10

Prize Money

1st: £59,513.002nd: £22,332.003rd: £11,182.004th: £5,570.005th: £2,800.006th: £1,400.00
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