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UTTOXETER PREVIEW | The Clarke Chase

18 runners battle it out for the Sir Stanley and Lady Clarke Challenge Trophy at Uttoxeter on Sunday

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There’s a real treat in store for Jumps fans on Sunday, as several chasing talents face off in the Clarke Chase at Uttoxeter.

The 2m4f Class 2 Handicap Chase is the feature race of the day at the Staffordshire track, with the contest getting underway at 3.57.

EXELERATOR EXPRESS (13/2) has been in cracking form of late under Neil Mulholland and the seven-year-old could land his fourth victory in five starts.

The gelding has been bumped up 10lbs in the rating after an emphatic 10-length success at Haydock, but he can continue to show further improvement here.

watch: exelerator express claims victory at huntingdon [credit: racing tv]

He faces a tough opponent in Nicky Henderson’s PISTOL WHIPPED (7/1) who has landed victory in his last two outings.

It is likely the front-running tactics will be put into practice once again but the seven-year-old will need to kick against top weight for victory here.

Nicky Henderson reading a racecard at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Nicky Henderson sends Pistol Whipped and Falco Blitz to Uttoxeter on Sunday

He is joined by stablemate FALCO BLITZ (12/1) who will need to defy a career-high mark to land success here.

BORN SURVIVOR (9/1) is dropped down in class after his appearance in the Oaksey Chase on Sandown Finals Day last month for Dan Skelton, while David Bridgwater’s CAPTAIN TOMMY (9/1) has been bumped up 5lbs after landing the Staffordshire Plate at the course four weeks ago.

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KAUTO THE KING (10/1) has jumped up 13lbs since March after winning three contests in a row for Colin Tizzard, including a victory at Newton Abbot three weeks ago which saw Alan King’s FIDUX (10/1) finish third and Philip Hobbs’ IMPERIAL PRESENCE (28/1) claim seventh.

Topham Chase runner-up PINK EYED PEDRO (10/1) had every chance in that 2m5f contest before unseating his rider at two out but he could bounce back from that tumble with a victory here for David Brace.

WATCH: PINK EYED PEDRO RUNS ON FOR SECOND IN THE TOPHAM CHASE [CREDIT: RACING TV]

Ultima contender NIETZSCHE (10/1) bounced back with victory on his last outing at Ayr for Brian Ellison, while Stuart Edmonds’ HAVANA HERMANO (12/1) is switched back to fences following his hurdles success over C&D earlier in the month.

FRANCKY DU BERLAIS (14/1) will be hoping for some rain over the weekend to be competitive here for Peter Bowen and Amy Murphy’s REALLY SUPER (16/1) responded to her day out at the Cheltenham Festival with a respectable second over 2m7f at Market Rasen in April.

Nigel Twiston-Davies Uttoxeter
Nigel Twiston-Davies will be hoping Topofthecotswolds can land victory at Uttoxeter

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ TOPOFTHECOTSWOLD (12/1) is stepped up in trip after being outpaced over 2m2f by Fidelio Vallis at Kempton, while Betway Bowl outsider MILITARIAN (33/1) will need to rediscover his previous form if he is to be competitive here for Andrew Martin.

John Mackie’s BARTON KNOLL (18/1), Evan Williams’ GO LONG (28/1) and Jennie Candlish’s TANARPINO (33/1) round off the 18-runner field at Uttoxeter.

SELECTIONS:

  • Pink Eyed Pedro E/W @ 10/1
  • Militarian E/W @ 33/1

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.

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