Punters and all race fans will likely be glued to their screens this weekend as big races are just around the corner, but nothing will captivate fans like the Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday.
The four-rider race wouldn’t normally be that appealing, but the battle between the two along with the outside odds of First Flow and Amoola Gold are intriguing too.
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All eyes are on Shishkin and Energumene this weekend in Ascot.
The Nicky Henderson-trained horse has also put in some spectacular performances recently, including in the Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, beating Eldorado Allen by 12 litres.
Most recently, however, he justified a big chance of favoritism to beat Tingle Creek Chase winner Greaneteen by 10l.
Energumene’s second favorite is an intriguing contender for this chase, the 8-year-old has five runs and five chases to his name.
The Willie Mullins-trained horse dominated Ireland and now comes to Ascot for a first British chance.
In fact, the last six wins have resulted in a total distance of a whopping 80 lengths.
Clarence House Chase Opportunities
- Shishkin 4/6
- empower 6/4
- First flow 12/1
- Amoola Gold 80/1
Kim Bailey told Sky Sports: “We are number three and the forgotten horse. The horse is very good and loves Ascot.
“He’s in a really good place. Is he good enough? Probably not, but he’s done shocks before. Horses can jump at the opportunity, especially on courses they like.
“This is a slightly different ball game than what he has played before and we go there as the outermost of the three, with two other runners as well.
“It’s great to race to have a race like this and I really hope all five horses get there on the day and show racing in its best light.”
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