The Clarence House Chase . A Grade one steeplechase over 2 miles and 1 furlong at Ascot.
Registered as The Clarence House Chase this race was known as the Victor Chandler Chase who sponsored the race from it's first year in 1987 until 2013.
Although this race actually had a dreadful start when the first two races in 1987 and 1988 were abandoned because of poor weather (Frost and fog) the first time is was run in 1989 was one of the best races I have ever seen. Then a handicap run over a slightly shorter distance of 2 miles saw Desert Orchid the bold front running grey taking on the very smart Panto Prince and giving him a stone and 8 pounds, over a distance that was shorter than ideal for Dessie and getting the better of Panto Prince holding on to win by a head..
The race was changed from a handicap and up-rated to Grade 1 status and a further furlong added to the distance in 2007.
Run 6/7 weeks and at a similar distance to races at the Cheltenham festival this race is often seen as a good pointer for the festival
The race has been postponed and moved on many occasions. 1994 Run at Warwick Racecourse - 1997 and 1999 Run at Kempton Racecourse - 2003 Abandoned due to frost and snow - 2005 Run at Cheltenham - 2006 Run at Sandown Park racecourse - 2007 Not run due to course waterlogging - 2013 Run at Cheltenham.
|2016||Un de Sceaux||8||11-7||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|2015||Dodging Bullets||7||11-7||Noel Fehily||Paul Nicholls|
|2014||Sire de Grugy||8||11-7||Jamie Moore||Gary Moore|
|2013||Sprinter Sacre||7||11-7||Barry Geraghty||Nickey Henderson|
|2012||Somersby||8||11-7||Dominic Elswoth||Henrietta Knight|
|2011||Master Minded||8||11-7||A.P. McCoy||Paul Nicholls|
|2010||Twist magic||8||11-7||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2009||Master Minded||6||11-7||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2008||Tamarinbleu||8||11-7||Tom Scudamore||David Pipe|
|2007||no race 2007 |
|2006||Tysou ||9||11-02||Mick Fitzgerald||Nicky Henderson|
|2005||Well Chief ||6||11-10||Timmy Murphy||Martin Pipe|
|2004||Isio||8||10-5||Mick Fitzgerald||Nicky Henderson|
|2003||no race 2003 |
|2002||Turgeonev||7||10-4||Richard McGrath||Tim Easterby|
|2001||Function Dream||9||10-11||Anthony Ross||Mary Reveley|
|2000||Nordance Prince||9||10-00||Tony McCoy||Venetia Williams|
|1999||Call Equiname ||9||11-3||Robert Thornton||Paul Nicholls|
|1998||Jeffell||8||10-11||Conor O'Dwyer||Arthur Moore|
|1997||Ask Tom ||8||10-10||Russ Garritty||Tom Tate|
|1996||Big Matt||8||10-4||Mick Fitzgerald||Nicky Henderson|
|1995||Martha's Son||8||10-9||Rodney Farrant||Tim Forster|
|1994||Viking Flagship ||7||10-10||Richard Dunwoody||David Nicholson|
|1993||Sybillin||7||10-10||Mark Dwyer||Jimmy FitzGerald|
|1992||Waterloo Boy||9||11-10||Richard Dunwoody||David Nicholson|
|1991||Blitzkreig||8||10-4||Tommy Carmody||Edward O'Grady|
|1990||Meikleour||11||10-00||Derek Byrne||Jimmy FitzGerald|
|1989||Desert Orchid||10||12-00||Simon Sherwood||David Elsworth|