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15:35 Ascot

Royal Salute Whisky Clarence House Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1)

  • 5 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 167y
  • Going: Soft (Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £150,000 added
  • Winner: £85,425
  • 2nd: £32,055
  • 3rd: £16,050
  • 4th: £7,995
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 26.70s
  • Off Time: 15:36:30
  • 5 Ran
2nd
Silk -
1
Silk - White, black cap
  • Form 1185-1U
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 157

never that fluent, raced keenly, tracked leaders in 4th, tracked leading pair 4th, awkward 7th, not fluent next, slight peck 3 out, pushed along in 3 lengths 2nd when fell 2 out

2
Silk - Dark blue, royal blue diamond, purple and white striped sleeves, purple cap, white star
8/1
  • Form 1/2554-P
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 154

tracked leading pair until 4th, pushed along and outpaced 3 out, left modest 3rd next

3
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, WHITE chevron, hooped sleeves, WHITE cap

San Benedeto (FR)

42 pt DCD
25/1
  • Form 13-2245
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 157

held up well off the pace in last, weakened 8th, left remote 4th 2 out, tailed off

4
Silk - Royal blue, yellow chevron, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap

Speredek (FR)

14 p D
16/1
  • Form 111-121
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 135

led and went clear 2nd, mistake 6th, reached for 4 out, reduced lead next, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon dropped to 3rd, left 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner

5
Silk - Light blue, orange star, light blue sleeves, orange stars, light blue cap, orange star
4/9
  • Form 61112-1
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 167

wore ear plugs, tracked clear leader, closer 3 out, led on bit before 2 out, 3 lengths ahead and going strongly when left clear 2 out, kept up to work run-in

In depth

Verdict

UN DE SCEAUX has won this for the past two years and should complete the hat-trick. Seven of his nine victories over fences have been at the highest level and he looked as good as ever on his reappearance in the Grade 2 Hilly Way at Cork, winning by 25 lengths having never seen another rival. Brain Power is the potential fly-in-the-ointment as he looked a potentially smart recruit to chasing when winning at Kempton in November and Nicky Henderson wouldn’t be running him here without good reason, though he had been headed when unseating David Mullins at the last in a Grade 1 at Sandown last month. San Benedeto has struggled a little this season and Kylemore Lough needs further while handicapper Speredek won’t get his own way out in front today and has a mountain to climb at the weights.

Formwatch

Brain Power (IRE) 15-8 (11-2) Led, not fluent 2nd, mistake and headed 8th, led again before 3 out, headed approaching when stumbled on landing and unseated rider last, at Sandown 2m (1) gs in Dec.

Kylemore Lough 4-1fav (11-12) Tracked leader, led 9th, blundered and headed next, in touch, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before next, at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (1) sft in Nov.

San Benedeto (FR) 33-1 (11-7) Held up in rear but in touch, under pressure after 3 out, soon outpaced, 5th of 6, 12 1/2l behind Politologue (11-7) at Sandown 2m (1) gs in Dec.

Speredek (FR) 10-11fav (10-11) With leader, led after 2nd until 5th, pressed leader, switched left and led again 2 out, ridden clear between last 2, driven and stayed on strongly, won at Sandown 2m hcp (2) hvy in Jan beating Gino Trail (11-10) by 8l, 4 ran.

Un De Sceaux (FR) 4-6fav (11-12) Led, ran freely early, 2 lengths clear at 6th, asserted before 4 out, clear after 2 out, kept on well, eased closing stages, very easily, won at Cork 2m 1f (1) hvy in Dec beating Top Gamble (11-4) by 25l, 5 ran.