2021 Tingle Creek Chase Betting Odds at Sandown Park racecourse

Saturday, 04 December 2021

The Tingle Creek Chase is one of the highlights of the National Hunt UK racing calendar, with Politologue having twice been in the winners’ enclosure and the horse might well be lining up in the race this time around. However, there are horses who have stronger credentials and we look at the betting favourites for this Group One race at Sandown Park.

Shishkin Bidding to Win Tingle and Queen Mother Double

The winner of the Tingle Creek Chase usually goes on to have strong claims when it comes to the Queen Mother Champion Chase, with Shishkin having won eight successive races and that is why Nicky Henderson’s horse is trading at odds-on to win this particular race. It was the most routine of victories when the runner triumphed in the 2021 Arkle Chase.

On that occasion, Shishkin won by twelve lengths over two miles on soft ground, with the horse one of the shortest-priced favourites at 4/9 and there was another triumph in the Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree Racecourse. However, some will point out the fact that this is a high-octane race over big obstacles at speed where falling is always a possibility.

Chacun Pour Soi Could Be a Viable Tingle Creek Contender

Willie Mullins regularly has a leading contender for the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown, with the nine-year-old having been sent off as the 8/13 favourite to win the 2021 Queen Mother Chase, although the market leader found little when coming up the hill at the Cheltenham Festival, with third place the finishing position on that occasion.

The horse then travelled to the Punchestown Festival in late April where a victory was scored at betting odds of 6/5 and perhaps Chacun Pour Soi will be better suited to the flatter track of Sandown than the undulating course of Cheltenham. The odds suggest that he can push Shishkin close in this encounter.

Nube Negra and Greaneteen Market Leaders for Tingle Creek

There are lots of lively contenders for the Tingle Creek Chase, with Nube Negra having beaten the mighty Altior in the Desert Orchid Chase just under a year ago, while the Dan Skelton-trained horse came within a whisker of winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase before an underwhelming performance in the Irish Champion Chase.

Greaneteen was the winner of the bet365 Celebration Chase at the end of April, with Bryony Frost steering the horse to victory ahead of 9/4 favourite Altior, with the seven-year-old underwhelming in the Haldon Gold Cup although the bookies are expecting a better showing here.

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.