Sceaux still an Ascot possible

Last year's winner Un De Sceaux is among eight horses left in the Berkshire Community Foundation Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday.

Un De Sceaux and Sire De Grugy battle it out in the Clarence House Chase 12 months ago.

The only withdrawal at the five-day confirmation stage was Nicky Henderson's exciting novice Altior, but a small but select field is promised for the Grade One over an extended two miles.

Un De Sceaux, trained by Willie Mullins, defeated Sire De Grugy in this race 12 months ago and again had that same rival back in second place in the Tingle Creek at Sandown last month.

Sire De Grugy, who took the Clarence House honours in 2014, is one of two possibles from the Gary Moore stable along with Ar Mad.

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There is a second Irish-trained entry in the Henry de Bromhead-trained Special Tiara, winner of the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton over Christmas.

Dodging Bullets, successful in this race in 2015, represents Paul Nicholls, while the list is filled by Eastlake, Royal Regatta and Top Gamble.

Sky Bet have opened both a standard ante-post and a non-runner no-bet market on the race, with Un De Sceaux an 8/13 chance in the latter market ahead of Ar Mad at 15/8.

The new sponsor of the race marks the beginning of a three-year partnership with the Berkshire Community Foundation, which will will see Ascot supplement its existing charitable efforts – headlined recently by raising over £750,000 for The Prince's Countryside Fund over the last two years – with a specific focus on children and young people in the Berkshire area.

The Berkshire Community Foundation has been at the forefront of local charitable giving for the last 30 years and aims to strengthen communities, tackle disadvantage and transform lives by connecting people who care with the causes that matter in their local community.

Guy Henderson, Chief Executive at Ascot, added: "We are delighted to be working with the Berkshire Community Foundation and supporting the positive work they do for those in need within Berkshire.

"Our focus for 2017 will be children and young people. Our aim is to make a difference in our home county."

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