The great Altior won the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown in 2018
The Tingle Creek Chase is one of the most important and popular races on the jumps racing calendar and the betting for the race will be right here just as soon as the bookmakers price up the contest.
Tingle Creek Tips
The Tingle Creek is traditionally won of the highest quality races in the sport and a hugely popular betting heat each December. We will be making our big race tip when the final declarations are made for the Grade One affair.
What is the Tingle Creek Chase?
The Tingle Creek Chase is a Grade One race run over s trip of two miles at Sandown Park at the start of December.
There are thirteen fences to be jumped at the Esher venue with the race acting as one of the key trials if the year for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The race itself is also a massive one in its own right and tends to be one of the highest quality of the campaign as some of the best two mile chasers in training clash for the first time at one of the best venues in the spot.
The famous railway fences down the back straight at Sandown offer one of the toughest tests of jumping in the sport and provide the perfect spectacle for the fastest horses in the national hunt game.
What happened in the 2018 Tingle Creek Chase?
Yet again we saw an epic renewal of the Tingle Creek in 2018 as two of the best chasers in recent memory, Un De Sceaux and Altior, faced off in one of the most eagerly anticipated races of the season. Altior started as the favourite t maintain his unbeaten record over fences and he justified that support with one of the best performances of his career against the brilliant Un De Sceaux, who perhaps ran a career best for Willie Mullins. A stone cold classic.
Named after the excellent Tingle Creek who was plying his trade in the 1970's, the Tingle Creek Chase was first run in 1979 as a handicap race before being promoted to Grade One status in 1994.
Since the, the Sandown race has grown with ever passing year with the calibre of winner of the race second to none. It is easy to make a case for the Tingle Creek having the best roll of honour outside of the Cheltenham Festival with great horse after great horse adding their name to the list of legends to have passed the winning post with their head in front.
Multiple winners of the race have gone on to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase in the same season to highlight its importance even further.
The ultimate test of speed and jumping, the Tingle Creek is a special contest and one of the favourite fixtures on the calendar for any national hunt enthusiast and looks set to stay that way for many years to come.
Who is the most iconic winner of the Tingle Creek Chase?
Picking the most iconic winner of the Tingle Creek is harder than picking your favourite child.
The list of legends to have won this race is unparalleled with Desert Orchid, Flagship Uberalles, Kauto Star, Master Minded, Sprinter Sacre and the aforementioned Altior just a smattering of names to fall under that bracket. On this occasions though we are going to go with Moscow Flyer who famously won the race twice, including in 2004 when he beat Azertyuiop and Well Chief in a race widely regarded as one of the best of the 21st century.
That 2004 race will live long in the memory and with Moscow Flyer coming out on top that glorious day, the Irish trained animal deserves his place at the top of the tree.
Are there any trials for the Tingle Creek Chase?
The Tingle Creek falls quite early in the season so it isn't unusual for a horse to start their campaign off at Sandown but there are one or two races to watch in October and November that could produce a Sandown runner or two. The Shloer Chase at Cheltenham can offer potential Tingle Creek horses a prep run before Cheltenham but in truth it is better to look back at the previous season for likely runners.
The Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Arkle are the two most likely races to produce runners for the Tingle Creek with the novices often stepping up to take on their elders in the Esher contest.
Who is the most successful jockey in the Tingle Creek Chase?
We have seen the majority of the legendary jockeys win this race down the years and it is Richard Dunwoody who sits on top with five wins to his name. Dunwoody won the race on Lefrak City (1985), Waterloo Boy (1991 + 1992) and Sound Man (1995 + 1996) during his illustrious career.
Who is the most successful trainer in the Tingle Creek Chase?
Paul Nicholls is clear at the top of the trainers list with a simply remarkable ten Tingle Creek wins to his name so far during a stellar career. The Ditcheat handler has won the race with Flagship Uberalles (1999), Cenkos (2002), Kauto Star (2005 + 2006), Twist Magic (2007 + 2009), Master Minded (2008 + 2010), Dodging Bullets (2014) and Politologue (2017).