Energumene and Edwardstone clash in a mouth-watering Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday

Defending champion Energumene heads 9 confirmations for the Betway Queen Mom Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

The nine-year-old from Willie Mullins claimed the highest prize with a cold win on a moist second day of the Competition 12 months in the past and adopted that up with additional simple triumphs on the Punchestown Competition and at his reappearance in Cork in December.

Nonetheless, regardless of nonetheless contesting the favoritism for the second day characteristic, he returned to Prestbury Park with a degree to show he completed third when showing on the monitor within the revamped Clarence Home Chase Competition Trials Day.

It was Gary Moore’s Writer Du Gite and final yr’s Arkle hero Edwardstone who battled it out for an exhilarating end on this event, with the previous doing virtually every part to provide Niall Houlihan a primary success first yr as a jockey.

Each are among the many confirmations, with Alan King’s cost being the general 7-4 favourite with the bookmakers to show the tide.

In addition to Energumene, Mullins might be represented by Blue Lord and Gentleman De Mee who each picked up the freshman over two miles this time period.

Blue Lord hit Leopardstown within the Paddy’s Rewards Membership Chase at Christmas to throw himself into the Champion Chase picture, however was no match for his stablemate on the Dublin Racing Competition when Danny Mullins bounced off Gentleman De Mee and strolled to a seven-length victory. .

It was the second time he had scored at freshman degree having additionally gained Edwardstone’s scalp within the Maghull Novice Pursuit final April.

Tightrope walker Sivola chased house Energumene for the silver medal 12 months in the past and located his kind profitable the Sport Spirit final month, whereas Nube Negra (Dan Skelton) and Greaneteen (Paul Nicholls) completed respectively second and fourth within the race behind Put The Kettle On in 2021 and can return for an additional crack within the race after lacking out in 2022.

The listing is accomplished by Henry de Bromhead’s Guinness captain with steady mate Coeur Elegant and Mullins’ Every For Self, the one two unconfirmed of the 11 remaining on the earlier scratch stage.

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