Grade One Clarence House Chase 2024 Guide

Alex Dudley | @@Alex_Dudz_

Cheltenham - January 27 2024
Cheltenham 14:25
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Niall Houlihan

Editeur Du Gite

J: Niall Houlihan
T: Gary Moore
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-10
OR: 162
Days: 31

Editeur De Gite will be aiming to land the Clarence House Chase for the second straight year at Cheltenham on Saturday. The runner for Gary Moore finished a head clear of Edwardstone over two miles last year, before finishing back in fourth in the G1 Champion Chase at the Festival.

The ten-year-old finally returned to winning ways on his latest start, as he finished an excellent three lengths clear of Nube Negra in the G2 Desert Orchid Chase. However, he was 43 lengths behind Jonbon in the G2 Schloer Chase in November, and was 32 lengths behind Elixir De Nutz on his comeback at Exeter earlier in the season.

Has plenty to find on the market leader, but should run another big race at Cheltenham.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL16.5GS11-105
27/12/23KEM16GS11-91
19/11/23CHL16Sft11-104
10/11/23EXE17.5GS11-95
29/04/23SAN15.5GS11-104
Cheltenham - January 27 2024
Cheltenham 14:25
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Freddie Gingell

Elixir De Nutz

J: Freddie Gingell
T: Joe Tizzard
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-10
OR: 156
Days: 31

Joe Tizzard’s runner in the Grade One this weekend is Elixir De Nutz. The ten-year-old will be the ride of Freddie Gingell, but he will have a massive amount to find in this company at Cheltenham.

He has won five from 17 starts over fences, and was last seen chasing Editeur Du Gite home in the G2 Desert Orchid Handicap Chase at Kempton Park on December 27.

He has previously competed at Ascot, but he was well down the field in a handicap chase over two miles and five in November 2022. Elixir De Nutz probably has far too much to find in this company to worry the market leaders at Cheltenham.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL16.5GS11-101
27/12/23KEM16GS11-93
02/12/23NBY16.5GS11-101
10/11/23EXE17.5GS10-01
14/10/23CHP19.5Sft11-115
Cheltenham - January 27 2024
Cheltenham 14:25
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Gavin Sheehan

Fugitif

J: Gavin Sheehan
T: Richard Hobson
N/A
Age: 9
Weight: 11-10
OR: 157
Days: 42

Richard Hobson-trained Fugitif will be the ride of Gavin Sheehan at Cheltenham this weekend. The nine-year-old produced a career best effort to win over an extended trip of two miles four at the track last month, holding off Il Ridoto to win the December Gold Cup Handicap Chase by a short head.

He also ran with a lot of credit over the same distance to finish fourth in the Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase in November. He certainly raises his game when competing at Cheltenham, evident from his strong second in the Magners Plate Handicap Chase at the Festival last year.

However, he drops back down to two miles at a high level, and that leaves him vulnerable this weekend.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL16.5GS11-103
16/12/23CHL20.5Sft11-31
18/11/23CHL20Sft11-54
14/04/23AIN20Sft11-105
16/03/23CHL20.5Sft11-62
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Cheltenham 14:25
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James Bowen

Jonbon

J: James Bowen
T: Nicky Henderson
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-10
OR: 170
Days: 49

James Bowen takes the ride on Nicky Henderson-trained Jonbon in the Clarence House Chase this weekend.

The eight-year-old suffered his only defeat over the larger obstacles when finishing behind El Fabiolo in the G1 Arkle last year, but he has won on his four subsequent starts. Jonbon has looked better than ever so far this season, with De Boinville taking the rides at both Sandown and Cheltenham.

His run at the latter in the G2 Schloer Chase produced a career-best RPR, as he finished nine lengths clear of Edwardstone over two miles. The obvious contender this weekend at Cheltenham.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL16.5GS11-102
09/12/23SAN15.5Hy11-101
19/11/23CHL16Sft11-101
29/04/23SAN15.5GS11-101
15/04/23AIN16GS11-71
Cheltenham - January 27 2024
Cheltenham 14:25
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Jonjo O'Neill Jr

Nube Negra

J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr
T: Dan Skelton
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-10
OR: 155
Days: 31

Jonjo O’Neiill Jr takes the ride on Nube Negra for trainer Dan Skelton this weekend. The ten-year-old has been an impressive performer throughout his career over hurdles and fences, winning on five from 16 starts over the bigger obstacles.

He was last seen finishing three lengths behind Editeur Du Gite over two miles in the G2 Desert Orchid Chase, and was also beaten easily by Jonbon in both the G1 Tingle Creek and G2 Schloer Chase.

That leaves him with far too much to find to be considered a leading danger for victory this weekend.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL16.5GS11-104
27/12/23KEM16GS11-82
09/12/23SAN15.5Hy11-104
19/11/23CHL16Sft11-103
15/03/23CHL16Sft11-10PU