Jan 18 2018
Clarence House Chase Tips and Betting Offers, 3:00 at Ascot, 20th January 2018
At this stage of the season, everybody involved in National Hunt racing has one eye on the Cheltenham Festival. Many of the leading contenders for Cheltenham’s Grade 1 races will make just one more appearance before heading to Prestbury Park so their trainers are doing all they can to give them the best possible warm up race.
When it comes to the Queen Mother Champion Chase, there are few better warm ups than the Clarence House Chase. In recent years both Sire de Grugy and Sprinter Sacre have followed up a win in the 2 mile, one furlong contest at Ascot with Champion Chase glory but can anybody repeat that feat in 2018?
Clarence House Chase Betting Tips and Free Bets
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Clarence House Chase Betting Offers
Un de Sceaux is bidding to become the first horse to win the Clarence House Chase three times. The 10-year-old obliged favourite backers in each of the last two renewals and he heads into the race as an odds on shot once again. Willie Mullins’s gelding followed up last year’s win (which was rescheduled at Cheltenham due to frost) with a triumph in the Ryanair Chase and it’s not yet known which route he will take this time.
Some believe that whatever route Mullins has in store, Un de Sceaux won’t turn up to the Cheltenham Festival on the back of a win. There has been an almighty gamble on Nicky Henderson’s Brain Power who has come all the way in to a general 5/2 from more than double that price. It’s always worth being aware of such gambles but following the money in this regard may not be the smartest move.
Brain Power is a talented horse for sure, but he’s still a novice chaser going up against a multiple Grade 1 winner in Un de Sceaux. He also unseated his rider last time out at Sandown and this is not a race for horses who have question marks around their jumping. If anything, the Brain Power gamble will force Un de Sceaux’s price out but as it stands, the 8/11 that Bet365 are quoting on the favourite looks fair enough.
With all that said, there may still be a gamble worth backing on Saturday. Kerry Lee’s Top Gamble to be precise. The 10-year-old wasn’t at his best last time out at Cheltenham but the ground was heavier than we’ll likely get at Ascot. A more suitable surface could see Top Gamble return to the sort of performance that saw him finish second to Un de Sceaux in Cork in December.
Top Gamble does have plenty to prove against a field that includes other quality options like Kylemore Lough and God’s Own. But, he’s a multiple Grade winner who has been battling against his strongest peers for years. At a best price of 12/1 with Betfred, Top Gamble is unlikely to reverse the form against Un de Sceaux but might just have the beating of all the others.