Tingle Creek Chase Betting Odds Comparison - Sandown Park

05/12/2020 14:25:00

We’re always excited for the Tingle Creek which is one of the leading National Hunt steeplechase races of the entire season. The 2020 Tingle Creek will take place on Saturday 5 December and we could be in for a treat when it comes to this two-mile encounter which is run at Sandown Park racecourse and this is a Grade 1 race with plenty to offer.

Can Altior Regain His Tingle Creek Crown?

Altior will definitely go down as a true horse racing legend, with the Nicky Henderson charge having already won this race in 2018 and his career to date is littered with notable victories including the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle win in 2016, the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2017 and then a double in the Queen Mother in 2018 and 2019.

The 2019/20 season didn’t quite work out the way that Henderson intended and the ten-year-old had his colours lowered when being beaten by Cyrname at Newbury before returning to the same track and claiming a win, although injury prevented Altior from lining up in the Champion Chase.

It could now be the case that the horse’s next engagement is in the 2020 Tingle Creek meeting and the runner is trading at around 7/2 to win with most bookie in the antepost racing market, with Altior still capable of fireworks providing that he’s completely fit after recent setbacks.

Defi Du Seuil Bidding for a Two-Timer in the Tingle

Defi Du Seuil was the red hot favourite to win the 2020 Queen Mother Champion Chase following the news that Chacun Pour Soi and Altior would not be lining up, although the Philip Hobbs-trained horse produced a distinctly underwhelming performance despite being sent off as the 2/5 favourite.

The seven-year-old ended up finishing fourth in the race, although that performance was preceded by some spectacular displays and that included the victory in the 2019 Tingle Creek Chase when the horse fended off the talented Un De Sceaux to win at odds of 2/1.

Barry Geraghty then rode him to another Grade 1 triumph in the Clarence House Chase when beating the same opponent and perhaps we can see more progression from a younger horse this time around.

The History of the Tingle Creek Chase

The Tingle Creek Chase has become one of the highlights of the National Hunt racing calendar, with the race having been inaugurated in 1979 and the event is named after a horse called Tingle Creek who was a popular performer during the 1970’s.

Trainer Paul Nicholls has had an amazing ten victories in this race, with Flagship Uberalles (1999), Cenkos (2002), Kauto Star (2005, 2006), Twist Magic (2007, 2009), Master Minded (2008, 2010), Dodging Bullets (2014) and Politologue (2017) scoring for a handler who could see the latter competing in the 2020 renewal.

Moscow Flyer is the only ten-year-old who has managed to win the Tingle Creek and that came in 2004, a year after the horse first won the race. In 2005 and 2006, it was the turn of Kauto Star to enjoy success and there have regularly been multiple winners of a race which is often the benchmark of the horses that will perform well in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.