WATCHING top-class chasers speed around Sandown is one of
the greatest sights in Jump racing.
With the cream of the current two-mile crop out in force for
the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (3.00pm), this year’s race promises to be a
Defi Du Seuil heads the betting after defeating Politologue
in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham three weeks ago.
Philip Hobbs’ star looked in a spot of bother turning for
home before his stamina kicked in up the climb to the finishing line.
To pick up Paul Nicholls’ smart grey in the closing stages
was a decent start to the season and his novice form suggests he will be a force
in the top races this term.
He saw off Gold Cup favourite Lostintranslation in the Grade
One Scilly Isles Chase at Sandown in February before beating the same rival in
the JLT at the Cheltenham Festival.
That’s top-class form but both races were over 2m4f and he
would prefer the ground to be more testing than it’s likely to be for tomorrow’s
The drying conditions are likely to suit SCEAU ROYAL much
better at 6/1 with Coral.
He won the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase on this day a couple of
years ago and the soft going was all against him when he was last of the four
runners in the this race 12 months ago.
He was much better than that in the spring when third behind
Altior and Politologue in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham, while his second to
Altior over this course and distance on the final day of last season proved his
liking for the track.
He looks to have a cracking chance for the in-form Alan King
who has a superb record with horses returning from a summer break.
Politologue came out on top in the thrilling finish to the
2017 Tingle Creek. He failed to stay the three-mile trip when fourth in the
King George last season and a fast-run race over this distance seems to suit him
He’ll need to pull something out of the hat to turn to the
tables on Defi Du Seuil on last month’s Cheltenham form, but Paul Nicholls’ horses
all seemed to be needing the run at that time.
Last year’s runner-up Un De Sceaux, winner of the 2016
Tingle Creek, is another regular in this race.
His presence, along with Waiting Patiently, Dolos, Janika
and Ornua, makes this a fascinating contest.
Sceau Royal 3.00pm Sandown