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Clarence House Chase: Timeform’s runner-by-runner guide

Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to the Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday and pick out their 1-2-3.

“Maintained his unbeaten record over fences with a 10-length victory over Tingle Creek winner Greaneteen…”

Clarence House Chase
15:35 Ascot, Saturday
Live on ITV4

1. Amoola Gold (Dan Skelton/ Harry Skelton)
Smart handicap chaser who won a listed event here in October. Below form when only sixth in a handicap chase at Cheltenham last time and faces a very stiff task in this company.

SBK100/1

EXC110

Trainer: Dan Skelton
Jockey: Harry Skelton
Age: 9
Weight: 11st 7lbs
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2. Energumene (Willie Mullins/ Paul Townend)
Top-class chaser who is unbeaten after five starts over fences, including Grade 1 wins in the Irish Arkle at the Dublin Racing Festival and the Ryanair Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival. Won the Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase on his reappearance at Cork last month, beating Daly Tiger by eight and a half lengths with plenty in hand after pressing on early in the straight. Front runner who usually travels strongly and could have even more to come.

SBK11/8

EXC2.62

Trainer: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Jockey: P. Townend
Age: 8
Weight: 11st 7lbs
OR:

3. First Flow (Kim Bailey/ David Bass)
Made the Grade 1 breakthrough when winning this race last season, putting in a good round of jumping under a superb attacking ride. Failed to reproduce that Clarence House Chase form in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham or at Punchestown but ran up to his best when making a winning return over two and a half miles in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon last month, beating Funambule Sivola by four and a half lengths after being produced to lead at the last. Needs to raise his game against rivals of the quality of Energumene and Shishkin.

SBK14/1

EXC17.5

Trainer: Kim Bailey
Jockey: David Bass
Age: 10
Weight: 11st 7lbs
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4. Shishkin (Nicky Henderson/ Nico de Boinville)
Won all three completed starts over hurdles, including the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, and quickly developed into a top-class chaser, winning all five starts as a novice last term, including the Sporting Life Arkle. Maintained his unbeaten record over fences with a 10-length victory over Tingle Creek winner Greaneteen on his return in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton last month. An outstanding chaser who could still have more to offer.

SBK4/5

EXC1.8

Trainer: Nicky Henderson
Jockey: Nico de Boinville
Age: 8
Weight: 11st 7lbs
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Saturday 22 January, 3.35pm

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