Defi Du Seuil and Un De Sceaux headline the Matchbook Clarence House Chase Raceday entries with an exciting rematch from the Tingle Creek on the cards at Ascot on Saturday.
The pair were separated by just a neck at Sandown in December with Philip Hobbs’ youngster Defi Du Seuil emerging on top in a thrilling finish.
A record three-time winner of the Grade 1 Matchbook Clarence House Chase, Un De Sceaux might now be 12 years old but he showed his passion for racing was still there at Sandown and will look to serve it up to the young pretender once again.
The JP McManus-owned Defi Du Seuil is already a dual Cheltenham Festival winner and that victory in the Tingle Creek confirmed he has the speed to reach the top of the two-mile division. Back in fourth that day was Janika, who is also entered here while Capeland and Marracudja make up the five confirmations at this stage for the £150,000 contest. The final field will be confirmed on Thursday morning.
The entries for the Grade 2 bet365 Warfield Mares’ Hurdle include 2019 winner Magic Of Light, who could be back for Jessica Harrington en route to another attempt at the Grand National where she was a gallant second behind Tiger Roll last year. Other entries include Marsh Hurdle third Papagana for Oliver Sherwood as well as the consistent Culture De Sivola and improving Sensulano.
The Grade 3 Matchbook Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle is always a competitive affair and 2019 Cheltenham Festival winner William Henry tops the entries for Nicky Henderson. Supreme Novices’ second Thomas Darby looks set to revert to hurdles having been chasing, as does last year’s winner Ballymoy for Nigel Twiston-Davies while Pic D’Orhy is an exciting prospect for Paul Nicholls.
The opening Ascot IJF Ambassador Programme Juvenile Hurdle could give us a chance to see a future star in the shape of Goshen for Gary Moore. He is the current ante-post favourite for the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and is entered here having won his first two starts over hurdles by a combined 57 lengths.
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