Betfair Tingle Creek Chase
|Grade 3 Handicap, Sandown 15:00
1m 7f 119y, Class 1
|Saturday 8th December 2018|
1 Altior 8/13F
2 Un De Sceaux 7/2
3 Saint Calvados 8/1
4 ran Distances: 4l, 15l, 5l
Time: 4m 3.20s (slow by 17.20s)
Pure class - Altior wins the Tingle Creek!
Altior survived a heavy downpour and a determined Un De Sceaux to extended his winning streak to 15.
Nicky Henderson’s star was unproven on such testing ground and faced arguably his toughest test to date up against Un De Sceaux, Sceau Royal and Saint Calvados.
As expected Saint Calvados and Un De Sceaux made sure there was no hanging about – but Nico de Boinville was intent to not let them get too far ahead.
With the exception of jumping too big at the open ditch early on, Altior’s fencing was at its slickest, although Un De Sceaux made him pull out all the stops.
Turning in it seemed a matter of ‘how far’ for Altior as he loomed alongside the diminutive Un De Sceaux, but Willie Mullins’ multiple Grade One winner did not go down without a fight.
When Altior got in slightly tight to the last it gave Ruby Walsh chance to steal a length, but as he has done in the past, the 8-13 favourite powered up the hill to win going away.
Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1)
£150,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 7f 119y, Class 1
|Pos||Dist||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||Altior (IRE) 8/13f||Nico de Boinville
|N J Henderson||8|
|2nd||4||Un De Sceaux (FR) 7/2||R Walsh
|W P Mullins||10|
|3rd||15||Saint Calvados (FR) 8/1||G Sheehan
|4th||5||Sceau Royal (FR) 11/2||D A Jacob