Ascot

  • 15:35 Sodexo Clarence House Chase 2m 1f

  • Winner £59,084 2nd £22,260 3rd £11,140 4th £5,565
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 20.70s
  • Off time: 15:36:09
15:35 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sire De Grugy (FR) 5/4
2nd Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 4/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4123-23 Royal Blue and White chevrons, Royal Blue cap, White diamonds Days Hotel (IRE) 41
Nag me
9 11-7 H de Bromhead R Johnson 159 10/111.00
2 6F-2132 Emerald green and mauve (halved), sleeves reversed, emerald green and mauve quartered cap Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 22
Nag me
9 11-7 p J J Hanlon Andrew J McNamara 155 4/15.00
3 1P7P-55 Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Kauto Stone (FR) 42
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-7 b P F Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 153 16/117.00
4 3-82421 Pink, Purple epaulets, striped sleeves, Purple and pink hooped cap Lancetto (FR) 28
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-7 p Evan Williams Adam Wedge 141 50/151.00
5 14-5442 YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 22
Nag meDistance Winner
12 11-7 t C L Tizzard J Tizzard 154 28/129.00
6 11-1211 Red, royal blue stripe, red sleeves, white stars, red cap, white star Sire De Grugy (FR) 22
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-7 G L Moore J E Moore 169 5/42.25
7 2/34U-12 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Somersby (IRE) 42
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-7 M R Channon D Elsworth 164 11/43.75

Verdict

SIRE DE GRUGY is the current second-favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase having followed up his victory over Somersby in the Tingle Creek at Sandown by beating Oiseau De Nuit by four lengths in the Desert Orchid at Kempton. Whether he'll be good enough at Cheltenham in March is still open to debate but he should land a second Grade 1 chase here and beat some old rivals if his sometimes suspect jumping holds up. Hidden Cyclone was third in the Paddy Power and beaten less than a length by Benefficient in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown last month. He's a reliable sort who shouldn't be far away again while Days Hotel won three Grade 2 events as a novice. Kauto Stone struggles in this grade, however, and Lancetto is only a handicapper.