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While the Sun Met field size has disappointed some, spare a thought for the organisers of Saturday’s Gr1 Matchbook Clarence House Chase at Ascot.

Altior and Fox Norton were joined by just Un De Sceaux and Diego Du Charmil as the only four to survive the forfeit stage on Monday for Saturday’s Gr1.

There were nine entries initially for this weekend’s highlight at Ascot, but the race is guaranteed to have its smallest field since its status was upped to the top level in 2008, having been run as a Gr2 limited handicap before that.

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