Tantalising Tingle Creek! All 5 Entries For Saturday’s Grade 1 Assessed

Defi Du Seuil won a vintage Tingle Creek back in 2019, who will come out on top in this year's renewal?Defi Du Seuil won a vintage Tingle Creek back in 2019, who will come out on top in this year's renewal?

Tingle Creek Runner-By-Runner Preview

Sandown’s Tingle Creek Chase takes place on Saturday as the Grade 1 action headlines a fantastic card. In anticipation of what promises to be an enthralling encounter, here at Racing Tips we have analysed all five race entries and produced our verdict on who will come out on top.


2.25 Sandown: Betfair Tingle Creek Chase

1. Captain Guinness (T: Henry De Bromhead)

Talented sort who bumped into the likes of Energumene and Shishkin in novice chases last season. Made a winning seasonal reappearance in a Naas Grade 3 last month and represents a bang in-form team but he has seemed to consistently come up short at the top level and the same is expected here.

2. Chacun Pour Soi (T: Willie Mullins)

Brought his record since joining connections to seven wins from nine starts when defeating stablemate Allaho in the Punchestown Champion Chase. Beaten at prohibitive odds in the Queen Mother Champion Chase on his start prior to that, however, where the stiff track didn’t appear to be in his favour. Goes well fresh and is undoubtedly the one to beat at the weights but there is a feeling that this course could soften him up.

3. Greaneteen (T: Paul Nicholls)

Runner-up to stablemate Politologue in this race last season and deservedly got off the mark at the top level when landing the Grade 1 Celebration Chase back over this course and distance in April. Entitled to strip fitter for a recent pipe-opener in Exeter’s Haldon Gold Cup and connections have reported this to be his big season target. Very little between him and Chacun Pour Soi on their Champion Chase running.

4. Hitman (Paul Nicholls)

Had a productive novice chase campaign last season, culminating in a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Manifesto Novices’ Chase. Given wind surgery prior to making his reappearance in last month’s Haldon Gold Cup where he looked very unfortunate not to land the spoils. Open to improvement but stablemate Greaneteen enjoys a healthy weights pull here and no 5yo has won the race since Master Minded (2008).

5. Nube Negra (T: Dan Skelton)

Claimed the scalp of Altior in last season’s Desert Orchid Chase and he subsequently looked unfortunate not to land the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Chacun Pour Soi comprehensively reversed that form at Punchestown but a reappearance victory in last month’s Shloer Chase marked him down as a chaser to follow this season. This race was immediately nominated as a target by connections afterwards and he has now finished in the first two in seven of eight chase starts.

Big Race Verdict

A belting renewal of the Tingle Creek in prospect here with a lot of eyes on the Irish raider Chacun Pour Soi. With this track a slight concern for him, however, preference goes to GREANETEEN, who chased home stablemate Politologue in this last season. Paul Nicholls’ charge went on to land the Celebration Chase over track and trip and this race was immediately nominated as a season target for him. There appears little between him and Chacun Pour Soi on their Champion Chase running and that makes Greaneteen an attractive proposition at the prices. Nube Negra has finished in the top two in seven of his eight chase starts and can enhance that record on Saturday by chasing the selection home.

  1. GREANETEEN

  2. Nube Negra
  3. Chacun Pour Soi