Tingle Creek Chase Tips and Free Bets – 8 Dec 2018

Tingle Creek Preview: Betting Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Sandown Park, Saturday 8th December 2018

Betting tips for the Tingle Creek Chase are available here, including the best odds on offer for this fascinating Grade One chase from Sandown Park and some excellent betting offers too.

Tingle Creek Tips 2018

Odds correct of the time of writing and are subject to change.

  • Altior to win at 8/11 with bet365 … or 30/1 with Betfair (see details below)
  • Saint Calvados each way at 6/1 with RaceBets

Tingle Creek Chase Betting Offers and Free Bets

Betfair Altior 30/1 Tingle Creek Offer 8 December 2018

Tingle Creek Chase 2018 Tips and Race Preview

The two day Betfair Tingle Creek Festival takes place at Sandown this weekend. After a fairly modest start on Friday the action really heats up with an excellent card on Saturday that is headlined by the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase.

Some top class short distance chasers made the ante post betting for this Grade 1 contest very competitive but only four have been included in the final declarations. Still, the competition remains fierce as Altior, Saint Calvados, Sceau Royal and Un De Sceaux do battle over 1 mile 7½ furlongs.

Altior Set For Winning Return

Even when the ante post market was full of top class horses it was Altior who was all alone at the top of the betting. Nicky Henderson’s eight-year-old was the undoubted star of the minimum distance chasing division and has been well backed to make a triumphant return as his preparations for a defence of the Champion Chase step up a notch.

Altior only made three appearances last season as he underwent wind surgery in the middle of November 2017. As ever with a top quality horse undergoing such a procedure there were worries that it would affect him but Altior outclassed a small field on his first appearance last season before routing the competition in the Champion Chase.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for him though. He won his final race at Sandown but was uncharacteristically lacklustre on the day and had to be shaken up to produce the required turn of pace to win. That led some to suggest that Altior may need to go up in distance as he gets older but Henderson is happy enough to keep him racing around 2 miles and there is no real reason to suggest that he will fail to reward favourite backers on Saturday at a best price of 8/11 with bet365.

How Good Can Saint Calvados Be?

Saint Calvados is the big unknown in the field for the Tingle Creek Chase. The five-year-old won his first three appearances over fences since joining the Harry Whittington yard from France raising hopes that he may be something a bit special. However, those who questioned the value of the form from two handicaps and a Group 2 where the competition couldn’t handle the soft ground looked wise as he failed to make an impression in the Arkle at Cheltenham.

Racing fans cannot wait for the winner of the Arkle, Footpad, to get a shot at Altior but those writing off Saint Calvados at the top level may be acting with too much haste. Many horses of high calibre have failed to show what they are capable of on their Cheltenham debut and big things could be just around the corner for Saint Calvados especially as he has so much improving still to do.

Beating Altior is too much to ask at this stage but Saint Calvados may surprise a few by beating the other two contenders so an each way bet looks worth a shot at 6/1 with RaceBets.

Previous Winners

  • 2017 – Politologue – jockey Harry Cobden, trainer Paul Nicholls
  • 2016 – Un De Sceaux – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
  • 2015 – Sire de Grugy – jockey Jamie Moore, trainer Gary Moore
  • 2014 – Dodging Bullets – jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, trainer Paul Nicholls
  • 2013 – Sire de Grugy – jockey Jamie Moore, trainer Gary Moore
  • 2012 – Sprinter Sacre – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Nicky Henderson
  • 2011 – Sizing Europe – jockey Andrew Lynch, trainer Henry de Bromhead
  • 2010 – Master Minded – jockey Noel Fehily, trainer Paul Nicholls
  • 2009 – Twist Magic – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Paul Nicholls
  • 2008 – Master Minded – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Paul Nicholls
  • 2007 – Twist Magic – jockey Sam Thomas, trainer Paul Nicholls
  • 2006 – Kauto Star – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Paul Nicholls
  • 2005 – Kauto Star – jockey Mick Fitzgerald, trainer Paul Nicholls

Tingle Creek Chase History

This Grade 1 National Hunt chase is open to all horses four years and older and is ran over a two-mile distance. There is a total of thirteen jumps in this particular chase and has been part of the jumping season since its inauguration in 1979.

The Tingle Creek Chase is raced at Sandown Park and qualified as a Grade 1 event in 1994. Its unusual name originates from the popular 1970’s National Hunt racehorse, Tingle Creek. The race was created in honour of this particular horse due to his amazing record in races at Sandown Park. In recent years, this has been a race dominated by the exceptional trainer, Paul Nicholls who has managed to accumulated nine victories in the 35 year history of this race.

Nicholls’ 10 successful years here have made him the most successful trainer of this race’s history with all of these coming since 1999, in fact he has trained eight of the past 13 winners in this one.

David Nicholson is a trainer who is also deserved of a mention here, having trained three winning horses here who have won a total of five Tingle Creek Chases between them. Trainer Fred Winter managed to dominate the early years of this race, after managing three consecutive victories from 1980 until 1982 with the race not being ran in 1983. Paul Nicholls eclipsed this trio of victorious years however, doubling Winter’s achievement with six victorious years from 2005 until 2010, with plenty of runners who went on to post victories at the Cheltenham Festival later in the season.

This race has an incredible record of producing victorious horses who tend to go on to win here on more than one occasion. There have been nine horses to have won the Tingle Creek Chase at least twice, with Flagship Uberalles managing three consecutive victories in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Amazingly, Flagship Uberalles had three different jockeys and three different trainers over these three years, proving what a superb horse he was at the turn of the century.

In fact one of these three jockeys was Robert Widger, the only amateur jockey to have ever won here. Richard Dunwoody is the most successful jockey to have ever participated in this chase, with five triumphant runs in 1985, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 1996.