Victor Chandler Chase
The Victor Chandler Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of about 2 miles and 1 furlong (3,420 metres), and during its running there are thirteen fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in January.
The event has been sponsored throughout its history by Victor Chandler. It is presently registered as the Clarence House Chase, but it is usually referred to by its sponsored title.
The first running was planned to have taken place in 1987. However, it was abandoned that year due to frost, and also the following year because of fog. Originally it was a handicap race, and its distance was set at 2 miles (3,219 metres). In 2005 and 2006, while its usual home was closed for redevelopment, the event was temporarily switched to alternative venues. Upon returning to Ascot the race's regular distance was extended by a furlong. In 2007 it was promoted to Grade 1 status, and it ceased to be run as a handicap.
The Victor Chandler Chase often includes some of the leading contenders for the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Three horses have won both races in the same season – Viking Flagship (1994), Call Equiname (1999) and Master Minded (2009).
- Weights given in stones and pounds.
|no race 1987–88 |
|1989||Desert Orchid||10||12-00||Simon Sherwood||David Elsworth|
|1990||Meikleour||11||10-00||Derek Byrne||Jimmy FitzGerald|
|1991||Blitzkreig||8||10-04||Tommy Carmody||Edward O'Grady|
|1992||Waterloo Boy||9||11-10||Richard Dunwoody||David Nicholson|
|1993||Sybillin||7||10-10||Mark Dwyer||Jimmy FitzGerald|
|1994||Viking Flagship ||7||10-10||Richard Dunwoody||David Nicholson|
|1995||Martha's Son||8||10-09||Rodney Farrant||Tim Forster|
|1996||Big Matt||8||10-04||Mick Fitzgerald||Nicky Henderson|
|1997||Ask Tom ||8||10-10||Russ Garritty||Tom Tate|
|1998||Jeffell||8||10-11||Conor O'Dwyer||Arthur Moore|
|1999||Call Equiname ||9||11-03||Robert Thornton||Paul Nicholls|
|2000||Nordance Prince||9||10-00||Tony McCoy||Venetia Williams|
|2001||Function Dream||9||10-11||Anthony Ross||Mary Reveley|
|2002||Turgeonev||7||10-04||Richard McGrath||Tim Easterby|
|no race 2003 |
|2004||Isio||8||10-05||Mick Fitzgerald||Nicky Henderson|
|2005||Well Chief ||6||11-10||Timmy Murphy||Martin Pipe|
|2006||Tysou ||9||11-02||Mick Fitzgerald||Nicky Henderson|
|no race 2007 |
|2008||Tamarinbleu||8||11-07||Tom Scudamore||David Pipe|
|2009||Master Minded||6||11-07||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2010||Twist Magic||8||11-07||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
1 The first two scheduled runnings were cancelled because of frost (1987) and fog (1988).
2 The 1994 race took place at Warwick.
3 The 1997 and 1999 editions were held at Kempton Park.
4 It was abandoned in 2003 because of frost and snow.
5 The race was switched to Cheltenham in 2005.
6 The 2006 running took place at Sandown Park.
7 It was cancelled in 2007 due to a waterlogged course.
- pedigreequery.com – Victor Chandler (Clarence House) Chase – Ascot.