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Paul Nicholls confirms Clarence House as next target for Politologue

Mon 14 Dec 2020
 Politologue and owner John Hales share a moment after the Tingle Creek (Focusonracing)
Politologue and owner John Hales share a moment after the Tingle Creek (Focusonracing)

Paul Nicholls has confirmed that the Matchbook Clarence House Chase at Ascot on January 23 will be the next port of call for champion chaser Politologue.

The grey bagged a second Tingle Creek recently when seeing off stablemate Greaneteen by seven lengths under Harry Skelton.

While he may turn 10 in a couple of weeks, Nicholls feels he is now as good as he has ever been and that the rest all have him to beat when it comes to defending his Queen Mother crown in March.

“I still think Politologue is the one they have all got to beat in the Queen Mother. He is in the form of his life and the plan now is to head to the Clarence House at Ascot,” said Nicholls.

“Last year, after the Tingle Creek he was sick for a month afterwards and we had to do what we did to get him right."

After his win in the Tingle Creek, Nicholls suggested his star might head straigh to Cheltenham.

But he said: “You wouldn’t know he had a race last week. He was bouncing. We will just tick him over now and tune him up for Ascot now we know what we are doing with him.”

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