Monday 10 December 2018

WATCH: Un De Sceaux makes history with third Clarence House Chase triumph at Ascot

Un De Sceaux ridden by Paul Townend clear the last fence before going on to win The Royal Salute Whisky Clarence House Steeple Chase Race run during Clarence House Chase Raceday at Ascot
Un De Sceaux ridden by Paul Townend clear the last fence before going on to win The Royal Salute Whisky Clarence House Steeple Chase Race run during Clarence House Chase Raceday at Ascot

Un De Sceaux won the Royal Salute Whisky Clarence House Chase at Ascot for the third year running as he took his Grade One tally to eight.

The Willie Mullins-trained 10-year-old shrugged his four rivals aside with a clear-cut success, even though he did not use his customary front-running tactics.

Speredek set out to stretch the field and was 12 lengths clear at one stage, but Un De Sceaux closed in turning for home when asked for his effort by Paul Townend.

The 4-9 favourite drew away from the second last after Brain Power came down.

Speredek stuck on stoutly for second place, seven lengths behind Un De Sceaux who was recording his 20th career success.

Townend said: "I rode my horse to suit him and the further we went, the more confident I was getting.

"It was hard work, but it was job done today.

"It's great to get the opportunity to ride these horses. I spoke to Ruby (Walsh) this morning. He's always helpful when he's on the sidelines and I'm grateful to Willie and all the owners.

"He has a massive heart."

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