Betfair Tingle Creek Chase
|Grade 3 Handicap, Sandown 14:25
1m 7f 119y, Class 1
|Saturday 5th December 2020|
1 Politologue 11/8F
2 Greaneteen 5/2
3 Rouge Vif 3/1
5 ran NR: Altior Distances: 7l, 1¾l, 9l
Time: 3m 58.14s (slow by 3.14s)
Politologue - the Champion Chase King & now a dual #BetfairTingleCreek hero— Racing TV (@RacingTV) December 5, 2020
🏇 27 races
🥇 12 wins
🏆 Champion Chase
🏆🏆 Tingle Creek
🏆 Melling Chase
🏆 Haldon Gold Cup
🏆 1965 Chase
An 11th win for @PFNicholls in the @Sandownpark highlight with @harryskelton89 aboard pic.twitter.com/1dz3WvYY7u
Altior’s absence may have taken away some of the gloss from the two-mile Grade One showpiece – but there was no doubting the quality of Politologue’s performance in the hands of Harry Skelton.
The John Hales-owned grey was last seen causing an upset in the Queen Mother Champion Chase winner, but there was no surprise about this victory.
In front from flag-fall, Politologue was not concerned by the proximity of Rouge Vif and managed to ward off that rival. It was then left to Nicholls’ other runner Greaneteen to put it up to his stablemate but, try as he might, Politologue was too strong.
The nine-year-old crossed the line seven lengths clear to give Skelton a Grade One double after Allmankind’s exhilarating display in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase.
Politologue was cut to 8-1 from 14-1 to win the Champion Chase at Cheltenham for a second time with Coral.
Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1)
£120,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 7f 119y, Class 1
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
1 Politologue 9 11-7 Paul Nicholls Harry Skelton 11/8F
2 7 Greaneteen 6 11-7 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 5/2
3 1¾ Rouge Vif 6 11-7 Harry Whittington Gavin Sheehan 3/1
4 9 Castlegrace Paddy 9 11-7 P A Fahy B J Cooper 10/1
5 4¼ Brewin'upastorm 7 11-7 Olly Murphy Aidan Coleman 18/1
NR 1 Altior 10 11-7 Nicky Henderson NON RUNNER