Matchbook Clarence House Chase
Grade 1, Ascot 15:35
£150,000 added,
5yo plus,
2m 167y, Class 1  
Saturday 18th January 2020

1 Defi Du Seuil 11/10J
2 Un De Sceaux 11/10J
3 Marracudja 66/1
5 ran Distances: 2¾l, 4¾l, 10l
Time: 4m 17.72s (slow by 15.22s)

Philip Hobbs’ Defi Du Seuil had narrowly beaten Un De Sceaux in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown last month – and confirmed the form in emphatic fashion.

Ranging alongside the gallant Un De Sceaux at the second-last fence with the rematch on in earnest, Defi Du Seuil jumped into the lead under Barry Geraghty.

And he pulled away from his market rival between the final two obstacles to score by two and three-quarter lengths.

Un De Sceaux – a three-time winner of the Grade One showpiece – stuck to his guns to be second, with Marracudja third.

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Matchbook Clarence House Chase
£150,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m 167y, Class 1
5 ran
Going: Heavy, Soft in places

POS DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1    Defi Du Seuil 7 11-7 Philip Hobbs Barry Geraghty 11/10J
2
Un De Sceaux 12 11-7 W P Mullins Paul Townend 11/10J
3 Marracudja 9 11-7 Dan Skelton Bridget Andrews 66/1
4
10 Janika 7 11-7 Nicky Henderson Daryl Jacob 8/1
5
22 Capeland 8 11-7 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 25/1

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