The Ruth Jefferson trained Waiting Patiently has been surprisingly supplemented for the Grade One Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday, with the gelding dropping down to, two miles after racing in the King George last time out over three miles.
The 10 year olds connections have decided to supplement the chasing star for the extended two mile event at Ascot in what has come to a shock to the racing world having finished a superb second over the staying trip of the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day at Kempton.
The son of Flemensfirth was seen doing his best work late on over Christmas suggesting that he would be staying over the long trips, but Jefferson and connections believe the lightly raced gelding is primed for a big run in the Clarence House Chase at the weekend.
Although it comes as a shock Waiting Patiently is not shy of running over this trip and has previous of performing well at the Berkshire track winning the Ascot Chase back in 2019.
(Credit ATR) “He came out of the King George really well, ridiculously well, in himself,” said Jefferson.
“I was mad with myself I didn’t enter him in the first place – and we felt a couple of weeks ago if he was all right, and there was plenty of rain about, we’d have a crack at it.
“It gives us a bit more time to think about Cheltenham rather than wait for the Ascot Chase (next month). We might go for that race, but we thought we’d run him while he was well in himself – and it frees up other options.
“They might get a frost but they are due about 25 millimetres of rain first at Ascot, so it’s going to be right up his street ground wise. He handles it better than most.”