Tingle Creek Christmas Festival 2021 Betting - Sandown Park Racing Odds

The Tingle Creek Chase is a great race for jumps fans to enjoy, especially if betting on it. But the Sandown Christmas Festival has loads more to offer racing fans.

Date Race
03/12 2:25 PMWinter Novices HurdleAll OddsAll Odds
04/12 1:50 PMHenry VIII Novices ChaseAll OddsAll Odds
04/12 2:25 PMTingle Creek ChaseAll OddsAll Odds
04/12 3:00 PMNational Handicap ChaseAll OddsAll Odds
04/12 3:35 PMDecember Handicap HurdleAll OddsAll Odds

Sandown Park racecourse in Surrey has a year-round schedule of high quality racing that includes flat and jumps meetings. While their biggest flat racing meeting takes place in July (the Coral-Eclipse), for National Hunt fans it’s all about early December when the course plays host to the Tingle Creek Christmas Festival.

The eponymous Tingle Creek Chase, a Grade 1 race run over a distance of two miles, is the understandable highlight of the two day meeting. Aside from the biggest race, we have two days of top National Hunt action from the Friday and the Chase Day on Saturday. For punters attending the meeting itself, Sandown even constructed a giant Bavarian Beer Hall to help you get into the festivities.

It is the horse racing betting that attracts most people to the Tingle Creek meeting though, whether in person or watching the races on the TV or through the live streaming service of a betting site. And if you are looking to bet on the races at Sandown, you will certainly want the best value prices, which is where our odds comparison comes in very handy: we do the hard work and compare the odds from the best racing bookies around to ensure you maximise the profits you make on winning bets.

Racing Betting Highlights

While not as packed with Graded races as some of the higher profile National Hunt meetings on the calendar, there are still plenty of exciting contests to get your teeth into.

As mentioned above, the Tingle Creek Chase is the most prestigious race of the whole meeting. Which should come as no surprise given the festival takes its name from the Grade 1 race. Run over a distance of two miles and with 13 fences to clear, this fast-paced chase is open to horses aged four years and older. It was first run back in 1979 and was named after Tingle Creek, a famous racehorse from the 1970s.

The race has been a Grade 1 affair since 1994, before which it was a handicap. Many of the winners of this race have gone on to gain success at the Cheltenham Festival, including the likes of Moscow Flyer, Kauto Star, Sprinter Sacre, Sire De Grugy and Un De Sceaux.

The other Grade 1 race at the festival, the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase, is run over the same distance as the main event. It is a highly competitive race that is often used as a stepping stone for trainers looking to develop some of their best novice chasers.

Friday’s main race is the Winter Novices’ Hurdle, a Grade 2 hurdle run over two and half miles with nine hurdles to clear. Former Cheltenham Gold Cup and King George VI winner See More Business is one of the more notable victors in this one.

Betting Insight

Sandown Park is an oval-shaped course that runs right-handed for around 13 furlongs, with a straight section of around half a mile. There is a slight incline towards the finish from the home turn, but the run-in is not as challenging as at some courses so being in a good position at the final turn tends to be critical. When the ground at Sandown is soft, the stand side of the straight tends to hold up better.

Although not relevant for this meeting, it is worth noting that there is also a five furlong straight track that runs through the middle of the main course.

Key Trends

When it comes to trends you could do worse than siding with trainer Paul Nicholls, who has an excellent record at this meeting and particularly in the Tingle Creek Chase itself. Legendary trainer Nicholls has saddled more than 2000 winners in his career and 10 of those have been in the Tingle Creek, with six in a row from 2005 to 2010 (with two wins each for Kauto Star, Twist Magic and Master Minded). Nicholls has also landed six Henry VIII Novices’ Chases and three Winter Novices’ Hurdles, amongst plenty of others at the meeting.

Since the Tingle Creek Chase was inaugurated in 1979, there have been four five year old winners, seven six year olds, 10 seven year olds, 11 eight year olds, five nine year olds and a single 10 year old (Moscow Flyer in 2004). So opting for the seven or eight year olds has paid off the majority of the time, although they are very well-represented in terms of entries too.

Solid form in Graded contests earlier in the season is generally not that important as many trainers use this as their season opener for their top chasers. Looking to the form at the previous year’s Cheltenham Festival often gives a decent indication of the horses that are likely to perform in the Tingle Creek, and indeed many of the other races at this festival. In fact getting ante post bets on the Tingle Creek soon after Cheltenham can give you a great chance of claiming some very good value betting odds.

Tingle Creek Christmas Festival – A Brief History

Sandown Park has hosted horse racing events since way back in 1875 and indeed it was the first purpose-built racecourse that had enclosures and that had been designed as a leisure destination.

The Tingle Creek meeting is relatively new compared to many of the better established National Hunt events, having started in 1979. It has developed over the years to become a firm early December fixture for racing fans who are keen to get the festive spirit up and running.

As the popularity of the meeting has increased, especially so in recent years, Sandown have added more in the way of entertainment and facilities, including the aforementioned Bavarian Beer Hall, which is proving a big hit with racing fans.

If you can’t go in person to the Christmas Festival, the next best thing is to watch the action unfold on TV. However, wherever you take the Tingle Creek in, using our odds comparison is the best way to find value bets!