Clarence House Chase Tips and Betting Offers, Ascot, Saturday 20th January 2018

There are five runners declared for this Saturday’s Clarence House Chase, a two mile one furlong affair which enjoyed its inaugural run in 1989. With the Cheltenham Festival closing in, this race will serve as very useful practice especially for any horse targeted for the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Six horses have won both races in the same season, most recently Dodging Bullets in 2015.

Clarence House Chase Betting Tips and Offers

Clarence House Chase Betting Offers

Un De Sceaux is after a record breaking third victory in this race after winning the past two consecutive renewals. The now 10-year-old enjoyed an excellent campaign last season, the only disappointment coming during the final outing at Punchestown when he finished second in the Champion Chase. The loss to Fox Norton appears to be just a blip on his record however as he began this season in emphatic style, winning a Grade 2 at Cork by 25 lengths. This dominant display has seen his Racing Post Rating bumped up to 181, his highest ever. With Willie Mullins’ horse looking great nick ahead of this race, it’s hard to look past the two time champion.

There’s not too much in the way of strong competition for the odds on favourite either, Brain Power (5/2, Coral) the only horse close to him in the betting. Nicky Henderson’s entry is very inexperienced over the fences though with just two starts under his belt. The first of them offered promise although he shaved a few of the fences a little too closely. Last month at Sandown however he almost ploughed through the final obstacle and sent jockey David Mullins tumbling off. Nico de Boinville will be given the task of riding the seven-year-old this time and over some stiff fences too. The raw ability is clear there for the second favourite but you do worry that a lack of fluency over the fences will cost him.

Kylemore Lough is another who didn’t enjoy his last trip although it was a lack of energy rather than a poor leap that seemed to be the problem. He had recovered well from a mistake around the half way mark but three fences out he slowed down and was pulled up shortly after. The test was a little over two and half miles that day so a shorter trip here for the eight-year-old is likely to be welcome. He’s in good hands since switching to Harry Fry in October and it is hoped the change in stables might help him regain his sensational 2016 form.

The two remaining horses San Benedeto (20/1, Labrokes) Speredek (25/1, BetVictor) just look like making up the numbers for this race. The former, while a former course and distance winner, has seemingly regressed of late and looked very poor last month at Sandown in the Tingle Creek Chase. Speredek has the winning form, with five victories in his last six races but with absolutely no graded experience to speak of, the pace of this race could come as a big shock to him.