Tingle Creek Christmas Festival 2022 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.

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2022 Tingle Creek Festival

The 2022 Tingle Creek Chase takes place on Saturday 3 December, with this forming centre stake when it comes to the Tingle Creek meeting. This National Hunt race is one of the biggest in the calendar and involves some of the best two-mile chasers in the land competing at Sandown Racecourse for the second-biggest prize in UK racing.

The biggest two-mile prize is of course the Queen Mother Champion Chase and plenty of pointers are provided when it comes to the above race by reviewing the Tingle. We might have seen Shishkin favourite for this encounter twelve months ago, although Nicky Henderson’s charge was last seen pulling up at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

Having been sent off as the odds-on favourite on this occasion, the horse simply didn’t travel although that non-performance had been preceded by a spate of victories although this will be the first time that we see the horse line up at Sandown Racecourse, having won the Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton and then the Clarence House Chase at Ascot.

It is Greaneteen who lines up as the Tingle Creek betting favourite and there is plenty to recommend the Paul Nicholls-trained runner who lined up at Exeter at the beginning of November and was able to claim a victory in the Betway Haldon Gold Cup over two miles, one-and-a-half furlongs.

The Tingle Creek takes place on Day Two of the Betfair Tingle Creek Festival, with the opening day being Friday 2 December. We will see six races taking place and the highlight encounter being the Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle. This is a Grade 2 race over two miles and four furlongs which will provide lots of Cheltenham Festival pointers.

There is an action-packed meeting on Day Two of the Tingle Creek Festival, with the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle preceding the Henry VIII Novices’ Steeple Chase. There is then the betfair Daily Rewards Handicap Hurdle before we get to the headline event being the Tingle Creek Chase.

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!

Tingle Creek Christmas Festival FAQ

The 2022 Tingle Creek Festival takes place over two days, with the first racecard being available on Friday 2 December, while Day Two is Saturday 3 December which includes the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase.
If you are unable to attend the Tingle Creek Festival in person by visiting Sandown Racecourse, there is the chance to enjoy horse racing live streaming of each race. You simply need to have a registered betting account which allows customers to enjoy the bet and watch facility.
All the featured bookmakers at Racing-Odds.com will provide you with an opportunity to bet on each individual race that comprises the Tingle Creek Festival. You can compare the latest prices and get the best value for the selection you want to back.
There are a wide range of bookmakers who have Best Odds Guaranteed when it comes to each race that forms part of the Tingle Creek Festival. This means that you can take an early price and get Best Odds Guaranteed which means the biggest of the early odds and the Starting Price.