Tingle Creek Chase Date is Saturday, 4 December 2021 (2:25)

Racecourse: Sandown Park

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Type: Grade 1 National Hunt Steeplechase

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Distance: 1 Mile, 7 Furlongs And 119 Yards

2020 Winner: Politologue

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General Race Info

Runners & Tips

Stats & Trends

Past Winners

2020 Tingle Creek Chase General Info

As one of the most important races, not only in its own right but also as a huge forerunner towards the Champion Chase at Cheltenham, the Tingle Creek Chase remains crucial for punters as well as for owners, trainers and jockeys.

Run as usual over two miles with thirteen fences to be taken, Sandown Park’s Tingle Creek Chase 2019 will take place on Saturday December 5th and is worth a cool £150,000. The event is run as part of the Tingle Creek Festival with Sandown staging two days of top-class racing including the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase and the Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle.

This race really does attract those who sit at the top table of National Hunt racing and as such, it has been won in the past by subsequent Cheltenham Festival winners Flagship Uberalles, Kauto Star and Altior among others.

2021 Tingle Creek Chase Runners & Favourites

 

The Tingle Creek Chase 2021 runners include three of the first four horses to finish in last season’s Queen Mother Champion Chase. Nube Negra, Chacun Pour Soi and Greaneteen filled the places behind Put The Kettle on at Cheltenham, separated by only 1 ½ lengths. Ryanair Chase winner Allaho also holds an entry but is likely to be diverted to Sunday’s John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase.

Tingle Creek Sandown Park – 2.25pm Saturday 4th December

  1. Allaho (Willie Mullins)
  2. Captain Guinness (Henry De Bromhead)
  3. Chacun Pour Soi (Willie Mullins)
  4. Cheddleton (Jennie Candish)
  5. Defi Du Seuil (Philip Hobbs)
  6. Greaneteen (Paul Nicholls)
  7. Hitman (Paul Nicholls)
  8. Nube Negra (Dan Skelton)

Tingle Creek Chase 2021 Ante Post Tips

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Tingle Creek Chase 2021 ante-post betting shows Chacun Pour Soi as the favourite at around 6-4. His main market rival is Nube Negra at 9-4, an impressive winner already this season at Cheltenham. Greaneteen is next best at 7-2 in a race which will have an impact on the Champion Chase ante-post betting at Cheltenham in March.

Chacun Pour Soi

Chacun Pour Soi has won seven of his ten races over fences but was beaten at odds-on at Cheltenham last season. He was rated by many as one of the banker bets of the week after winning his first three races of the campaign easily. He travelled very strongly at Cheltenham but found little on the run-in and finished third.

He was back to his brilliant best next time at Punchestown when beating stable companion Allaho by 5 ½ lengths. He categorically reversed Cheltenham form with Nube Negra, runner-up in the Queen Mother but a remote third at Punchestown. Chacun Pour Soi has not raced since April but he overcame a 309-day absence to win in December 2020. Connections won’t risk Chacun Pour Soi if the going is too quick but, if given the green light, he is certain to feature in plenty of Tingle Creek Chase 2021 tips.

Nube Negra

One of the most interesting Tingle Creek Chase runners 2021 is Nube Negra, the winner of four of his eight races over fences for Dan Skelton. He was always a promising horse over hurdles but is far superior over fences. He emerged as a serious Champion Chase contender when beating Altior in the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton last December. He started at 20-1 that day but could be named the likely winner some way out as he cruised into contention.

He showed that his Kempton win was no fluke when finishing second in last season’s Champion Chase at Cheltenham. His defeat at Punchestown was disappointing but may have been as a result of his hard race at Prestbury Park.

Skelton started him off at Cheltenham this season in the Grade 2 Shloer Chase where he easily defeated Politologue by six lengths. He now looks more of the finished article and came up the hill strongly. The going was good at the Festival and he defeated Altior on soft ground so he seems to act on any surface.

Greaneteen

Paul Nicholls has a phenomenal Tingle Creek Chase record with eleven victories. He won it for six consecutive seasons between 2005 and 2010 while Politologue provided him with his most recent successes in 2017 and 2020. He has two entries this year with Greaneteen and Hitman and the former looks the more likely to upset the favourite.

Runner-up last year behind Politologue, he went on to claim his first Grade 1 success when beating Altior in the Celebration Chase over course and distance. He put in a fine round of jumping that day before going clear at the second last. The seven-year-old looked rusty on his return to action and finished a moderate fourth at Exeter. He had won the same race last year after a similar absence but we can expect him to be much sharper on Saturday with Bryony Frost booked for the ride.

2020 Tingle Creek Chase Betting Offers

The Tingle Creek Chase is a Grade 1 race over two miles for four-year-olds and upwards. It is an important trial for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Tingle Creek Chase 2021 offers are likely to focus on the Willie Mullins-trained favourite Chacun Pour Soi. Mullins has only won the race once previously with Un de Sceaux in 2016.

The Tingle Creek Chase is due off at 2.25 and is preceded by the Grade 1 Henry VII Novices’ Chase at 1.50 on an exciting day’s racing at Sandown Park. There are also some very competitive handicaps with the London National at 3.00 and the £50,000 December Handicap Hurdle at 3.35. All four races will be shown live on ITV4.

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Tingle Creek Chase Stats & Trends

Ahead of the 2020 Tingle Creek Chase there are some important statistics to be aware of. Prevailing trends can be bucked of course, but they more often than not lead you to make better betting decisions when picking out a horse for this event. In case you’re new for the world of betting, look through Cheltenham new customer offers and the likes to make your first steps easier and more profitable. Learn all about the key Tingle Creek race stats here:

  • Most successful horse – Flagship Uberalles won the Sandown Tingle Creek three times (1999, 2000, 2001) and holds the record for most victories. A total of 10 horses have won the race more than once. Any horse with course and distance form should be respected, then.
  • Most successful jockey – Richard Dunwoody holds the record for most Tingle Creek race victories with five. Other legendary jockeys Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty had four winning rides apiece. Active riders to watch out for include Jamie Moore, Nico de Boinville, Harry Cobden, Richard Johnson and Sam Twiston-Davies who have all enjoyed at least one success.
  • Most successful trainerPaul Nicholls has a fabulous record in the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase with an unparalleled 10 wins. The Ditcheat maestro has saddled seven different horses to land the spoils, including the great Kauto Star, Twist Magic and Master Minded twice each. No other trainer is anywhere near close to Nicholls, but other active handlers have won the race more than once. Jessica Harrington, Nicky Henderson, Philip Hobbs and Gary Moore have all had two successes, although the former and latter saddled the same horses to win on both occasions.
  • Most successful ownerClive Smith has a record four Tingle Creek race wins thanks to Kauto Star and Master Minded both winning it twice.
  • Age – There have only been six occasions in Sandown Tingle Creek history where the winner has been older than eight. Recent trends point to younger horses. Four of the last eight victors have been six-year-olds, so bear that in mind when choosing who you bet on.
  • Favourites – Market leaders have a fabulous recent record in the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase and cannot be ignored. Seven of the last 10 favourites (or joint-favourites) have justified their status by winning the race. Only once in the last 12 years has the victor been returned at a bigger starting price than 7/2.
  • Ratings – It usually takes a top horse to win the Tingle Creek race with nine of the last 12 to be successful having an official mark of 166 or higher. Only three of the early closing entries meet that requirement, so it’s also worth remembering that three of the last six winners had ratings between 158 and 163. That brings a further four horses from initial Sandown Tingle Creek entries into the reckoning.

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2020 Tingle Creek Chase Race Result

What Happened in 2020?

Politologue again profited from the absence of Altior to win the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase for the second time in his career, leading home a 1-2 for trainer Paul Nicholls. Success for the popular John Hales owned grey enhanced his handler’s magnificent record in the race to 11 victories. Politologue emulated illustrious stable companions Kauto Star, Twist Magic and Master Minded in becoming a dual winner of the Tingle Creek race. As at the Cheltenham Festival when landing the spoils in a depleted renewal of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, he jumped well and made all the running for a second Sandown success three years after his first.

With Altior an overnight defection from the race despite figuring in final declarations owing to the soft ground, Politologue was sent off the 11/8 favourite. He never saw a rival. Brewin’upastorm, an 18/1 outsider from the Olly Murphy stable, didn’t jump with much fluency in the hands of Aidan Coleman and was struggling down Sandown’s back straight and its famous Railway Fences. Irish raider Castlegrace Paddy, a 10/1 shot from Pat Fahy’s yard, lost all chance by jumping out to its left. That only left two dangers to Politologue in the form of Haldon Gold Cup scorer Greaneteen and Cheltenham Showcase handicap winner Rouge Vif.

The latter didn’t find a softer surface to his liking, yet Harry Whittington’s charge was still backed into 3/1. Greaneteen, the 5/2 second-favourite made his challenge under Harry Cobden as the small field rounded the Pond Fence approaching the home turn, but Politologue shrugged off his attentions and stayed on best up the Sandown hill for a seven-length victory. Mistakes at two out by Rouge Vif and one at the last from Greaneteen just left Harry Skelton needing to ride him out to win. Bookmakers cut the price on Politologue making a successful defence of the Champion Chase into 9/1 come Cheltenham, but there may be more competition then.

2019 Tingle Creek Chase Race Result

What Happened in 2019?

Defi Du Seuil followed-up on his Shloer Chase success by landing the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase on his return to Sandown. Philip Hobbs’s JP McManus owned Voix Du Nord gelding had won at the track earlier in the year when he reversed previous form with Lostintranslation in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase en route to a second Cheltenham Festival victory. Defi Du Seuil was an easy to back favourite on track, drifting in the market from an opening show of 7/4 with racecourse bookmakers out to 2/1. He was produced by Barry Geraghty at the last where he jumped into lead, briefly outpacing beloved veteran and Irish raider Un De Sceaux.

Willie Mullins’s charge gave Defi Du Seuil a race up the Sandown hill and went down fighting by a neck at odds of 3/1. Waiting Patiently stayed on best of the rest for Ruth Jefferson’s Yorkshire stable under Brian Hughes, beaten a length in third. The front three were well clear of the remainder, with the gamble on Nicky Henderson’s Janika – one of two in the Sandown Tingle Creek for owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede – not bearing any fruit. He was nine lengths off the winner in fourth at a 9/2 starting price. There was the same distance back to previous Tingle Creek race winner Politologue (5/1) in fifth, while the soft ground was against another Sandown specialist in Sceau Royal who was next home.

Past Tingle Creek Chase Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Festival Performance
2019 Defi Du Seuil 6 Barry Geraghty Philip Hobbs 4th in Queen Mother Champion Chase
2018 Altior 8 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson 1st in Champion Chase
2017 Politologue 6 Harry Cobden Paul Nicholls 4th in Champion Chase
2016 Un De Sceaux 8 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins 1st in Ryanair Chase
2015 Sire De Grugy 9 Jamie Moore Gary Moore 8th in Champion Chase
2014 Dodging Bullets 6 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls 7th in Champion Chase
2013 Sire De Grugy 7 Jamie Moore Gary Moore 1st in Champion Chase
2012 Sprinter Sacre 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson 1st in Champion Chase
2011 Sizing Europe 9 Andrew Lynch Henry De Bromhead 2nd in Champion Chase
2010 Master Minded 7 Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls 8th in Champion Chase