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Energumene cut for Clarence House after Townend declared to ride at Lingfield

By Jon Vine
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19 Jan 2022
  • Energumene was today cut into 7/4 to win the Clarence House
  • Willie Mullins raider had been an 11/4 shot to win at Ascot on Saturday
  • Bookmakers moved after regular jockey Paul Townend was declared to ride at Lingfield on Friday
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Al Boum Photo's jockey Paul Townend (R) and Irish trainer Willie Mullins pose with the trophy after winning the Gold Cup. (Getty)
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Energumene was cut for Saturday's Clarence House Chase at Ascot, after Paul Townend appeared in the declarations for Lingfield on Friday.

Energumene had been an 11/4 shot to win the Clarence House, with Shishkin quotes at 2/5 with most firms. The differential in price was mainly down to bookmakers being cautious, fearing Willie Mullins might swerve the clash with Nicky Henderson's Champion Chase favourite.

However, a surprising turn of events occured today. The delcarations for day one of Lingfield's Winter Million meeting were released, and they revealed that Emmet Mullins had booked a certain Paul Townend to ride Carrarea in the Sovereign Handicap Hurdle on Friday.

This news sent the National Hunt racing world into a frenzy. Townend, who is stable jockey for Willie Mullins, wouldn't normally make the trip over to England for a single ride for Emmet. Bookmakers immediately put two and two together and cut Energumene into 7/4 to win Saturday's Clarence House.

As a result, Shishkin drifted from 2/5 into 8/13 favouritism with bookmakers William Hill. Defending champion, First Flow is an 8/1 shot, with Hitman and Amoola Gold sitting on 16/1 and 66/1 respectively.

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