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Clarence House Chase to be run at Cheltenham on Trials Day

21 Jan 2023
Jon Vine 21 Jan 2023
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  • Ascot was forced to cancel their Clarence House Chase card due to frozen ground
  • This Grade One will now be run at Cheltenham on Saturday 28th January
  • Patrick Mullins confirmed that Energumene will be making the trip back to Cheltenham
  • Noble Yeats will run in the Cotswold Chase on the same card
Clarence House Chase to be run at Cheltenham on Trials Day
Paul Townend riding Energumene clear the last to win The Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase. (Getty)

The 2023 Clarence House Chase will now take place at Cheltenham on Trials' Day, after the initial fixture at Ascot was abandoned.

Frozen ground at Ascot meant that the highly anticipated clash between Energumene and Edwardstone could not take place this Saturday. When snow claimed the Clarence House Chase meeting in 2017, this Grade One was moved to Trials Day at Cheltenham and the BHA announced that the same switch will be happening with this year's fixture.

Energumene and Edwardstone were both victories when they last made the trip to Prestbury Park. Edwardstone triumphed in the Arkle Challenge Trophy on day one of the Cheltenham Festival, before Energumene handed Willie Mullins his first victory in the Champion Chase the following afternoon.

Willie's son, Patrick spoke to the press before the move was announced, stating the teams intention to run in the Clarence House if the race was rearranged.

"If it is lost we hope it is rescheduled and the plan would still be to go over. It fits in well with his programme," Mullins told Sky Sports Racing.

"He’s in great form, he worked well at the Curragh on Tuesday, he worked well this morning and we’re fit and ready to rock."

Energumene, Edwardstone and Amarillo Sky were the only three runners declared to run at Ascot this weekend. The entries will now reopen for the Clarence House Chase, and viewers will be hoping a deeper field if confirmed to run on Trials Day.

First-placed Noble Yeats riden by jockey Sam Waley-Cohen celebrates winning the Grand National Steeple Chase on the final day of the Grand National Festival horse race meeting at Aintree. (Getty)

Another Irish star who'll be making an appearance at Cheltenham on Saturday is Grand National winner, Noble Yeats. An error involving vaccination records meant that Emmet Mullins' star couldn't take up his entry in the Fleur De Lys Chase at Lingfield on Sunday. Instead, the team have decided to head to Cheltenham and take on Protektorat in the Cotswold Chase.

"We've had lots of chat and I think it's almost certain that he'll go to the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham." Owner Rober Waley-Cohen told Sky Sports.

"I don't really understand why the programme is set up in such a way that they don't advise you that more information is required until the deadline has passed."

"Whenever you're making entries, surely it should trigger something to say you need to upload some more information."

"It's disappointing, but the ground at Lingfield would be awful. They've covered what was waterlogged ground because of the frost, which is not a good combination, and they've already abandoned racing on Friday, so maybe we've dodged a bullet."

Noble Yeats is currently the 6/1 second favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, behind short-priced favourite Galopin Des Champs. Protektorat also sits prominently in the Gold Cup betting, following his victory in the Betfair Chase earlier in the season.

Energumene and Edwardstone sit first and second in the betting market for the 2023 Champion Chase, the odds and entries for which can be found here on our website.


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