The rearranged Grade 1 Clarence House Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday was billed as the big clash between Britain and Ireland’s best two mile chasers. This was echoed by the market as 2022 Champion Chase winner Energumene went off as the 4-9 favourite. Britain’s best hope and Tingle Creek winner Edwardstone went off at 5-2. No one was prepared for what happened as a 14-1 shot shocked them all.
Editeur Du Gite won the race with a very game performance, making all the running before battling back after being headed. This result has had a huge impact on the market for the Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March. Having been available at 25-1 before the race, the bookies have slashed his odds to a fraction of that price. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
Gary Moore’s charge has an excellent record at Cheltenham with three wins and a third in five starts there. Only finished outside of the first three once, when fourth off a big weight on testing ground in the Grand Annual. Saturday’s race was originally due to take place at Ascot and the switch to Cheltenham encouraged Moore to run his horse. It therefore goes without saying that the track will undoubtedly be in his favour on the big day in March.
Despite being a nine-year-old, it’s clear that the horse has improved significantly this year. On his penultimate start he easily dispatched the useful Nube Negra at Kempton by a distance of 13 lengths. His run on Saturday was further evidence of significant improvement and he deserves his place up near the top of the market.
Now fourth in the betting, it’ll be interesting to see how well this likeable horse goes in the big race. Editeur Du Gite has worked his way to the top table by graduating from handicaps and his moment is now. Connections have tasted Champion Chase glory before with the tough as nails Sire De Grugy and will be looking to repeat the trick this year.
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