Betfair Tingle Creek Chase
|Grade 3 Handicap, Sandown 15:00
1m 7f 119y, Class 1
|Saturday 7th December 2019|
1 Defi Du Seuil 2/1F
2 Un De Sceaux 3/1
3 Waiting Patiently 11/1
8 ran Distances: nk, ¾l, 8l
Time: 3m 59.00s (slow by 13.00s)
Defi Du Seuil beats Un De Sceaux to win the Betfair Tingle Creek 🙌 pic.twitter.com/fQEgV1GDcQ— ITV Racing (@itvracing) December 7, 2019
Eight runners went to post for the Grade One feature, with the Philip Hobbs-trained Defi Du Seuil the marginal favourite at 2-1, ahead of the five years older Un De Sceaux and the grey Politologue – both previous winners of the race.
Ornua took the field along for much of the two-mile contest, before the 11-year-old Un De Sceaux took over racing down the back straight in the hands of Paul Townend.
Barry Geraghty covered the move aboard Defi Du Seuil and the pair rounded the final turn ready to do battle.
Just for a moment it looked like Un De Sceaux had his rival in serious trouble, but Defi Du Seuil managed to get on terms and then looked set to win decisively after touching down in front after the final fence.
However, Un De Sceaux – successful in the 2016 renewal – refused to go down without a fight and came roaring back up the hill, with just a neck splitting the pair at the line.
Only three-quarters of a length away in third was northern raider Waiting Patiently, with Ruth Jefferson’s stable star bouncing right back to his best to offer plenty of hope for the rest of the campaign.
Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1)
£150,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 7f 119y, Class 1
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
1 Defi Du Seuil 6 11-7 Philip Hobbs Barry Geraghty 2/1F
2 nk Un De Sceaux 11 11-7 W P Mullins 3/1F
3 ¾ Waiting Patiently 8 11-7 Ruth Jefferson Brian Hughes 11/1
4 8 Janika 6 11-7 Nicky Henderson James Bowen 9/2
5 9 Politologue 8 11-7 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 5/1
6 4½ Sceau Royal 7 11-7 Alan King Daryl Jacob 10/1
7 1¼ Dolos 6 11-7 Paul Nicholls Harry Skelton 25/1
8 41 Ornua 8 11-7 Henry De Bromhead Aidan Coleman 25/1