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2018 Tingle Creek Chase tips – Who will triumph in Sandown’s Saturday showdown?

Jonathan Vine in Tips 6 Dec 2018
Altior (near) jumping the last en-route to winning the Oaksey Chase here at Sandown.

Our expert takes a look through the betting for the Tingle Creek and provides readers with his tips for this Grade One at Sandown on Saturday 8th December.

The Tingle Creek Chase is amongst the most prestigious Grade Ones during the first half of the season and boasts a roll of honour that would rival any race on the calendar. Champion Chasers litter the honours board for this two-mile chase, with greats like Desert Orchid, Moscow Flyer, Kauto Star and Sprinter Sacre claiming Tingle Creek glory here at Sandown.

Our expert has taken a look through the small, select field entered into this year’s Tingle Creek and provided readers with his tips.

3:00pm Sandown Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1) 1m7½f



Only four runners will approach the starter’s flag ahead of the Tingle Creek. Yet, with each of them dripping in quality, viewers can expect one of the races of the season so far.

Saint Calvados showed plenty of class to upstage Footpad when the two made their returns at Naas last month. Sceau Royal looked better than ever when winning the Shloer Chase, brushing Simply Ned aside after spending 300 days off the track. While both are young, talented chaser who are open to improvement, they have a bit to find on the two at the head of the betting.

Willie Mullins sends Un De Sceaux to Sandown for the first time since edging out Sire De Grugy in the 2016 edition of the Tingle Creek. Mullins ten-year-old bounced back from his loss in the Ryanair at Punchestown on his final start last season, comfortably seeing off Douvan to regain the Punchestown Champion Chase. 

While he would be a worthy two-time winner of this great race, it’s very hard to look beyond ALTIOR who, for me, is undoubtedly the best horse in training and he should extend his unbeaten record over jumps.

A wind problem meant Nicky Henderson could only get three runs into Altior last year. The odds-on favourite was forced to work very hard at Newbury, Cheltenham and Sandown, but Altior still managed to claim comfortable wins on all three occasions. 

His performance in the Champion Chase was the worst I’ve ever seen Altior produce over fences. Nico De Boinville was hard at work a long way from home, but the way his mount rallied and stretched clear of Min down the home straight will live long in the memory.

After an uninterrupted summer, Henderson is confident Altior will be better than ever during 2018/19. The three-time Cheltenham Festival winner has claimed three Grade Ones around Sandown and, while this is clearly the toughest test he has faced on this track, I would be surprised if Altior didn’t make that four on Saturday.

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2018 Tingle Creek Chase tips – Who will triumph in Sandown’s Saturday showdown?

Our expert takes a look through the betting for the Tingle Creek and provides readers with his tips for this Grade One at Sandown on Saturday 8th December.

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