Clarence House Chase: Energumene and Edwardstone prepare to divert to Cheltenham for epic clash after Ascot abandonment | Racing news

Britain’s Equestrian Authority has confirmed the Clarence House Chase will take place at Cheltenham next Saturday.

It was the third time since 2013, that Ascot, the race’s home ground, was abandoned due to the weather and Cheltenham a week later entered the range to host the race.

The BHA would like to thank the Horserace Betting Council for contributing to the winnings, which amount to £90,000.

Entries will return to an early closing phase, with confirmations made on Monday morning, followed by statements on Thursday.

Bettors are looking forward to a clash between last year’s Chasewinner Champion Energumene and hero Arkle Edwardstone – and after the former’s relationship was confirmed earlier in the week, they are keen to get in if the race rearranged, Alan King joined.

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Assistant coach Patrick Mullins believes that although Energumene is rated higher, his opponent at Clarence House Edwardstone is in the best form on the show.

He said: “We’re going there, that’s the plan. If it’s not rescheduled and then Newbury is off (Game Spirit Chase) then we’re really in trouble.

“I’m so grateful they put it back and that’s going to be the plan.”

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