Defi Du Seuil to win at 13/8.
Janika each way at 13/2.
Defi Du Seuil
Defi Du Seuil has a huge race ahead of him this Saturday at Sandown. The result of this, according to trainer Phillip Hobbs, will determine where the six-year-old will go next. Defi Du Seuil is currently leading the betting market as favourite at 13/8 to pick up a sixth Grade 1 win at Tingle Creek having won his reappearance, winning the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham. It was here where he bested rival Politologue, who won this race in 2017, by one and a quarter lengths. He looked at his best that day and that performance has had many say that he will hose up Saturday. This will be the lowest distance Defi Du Seuil has run under trainer Phillip Hobbs, but it is believed that the drop in trip and the fact he stays further could be beneficial. He also has a decent past record of going off around two miles.
Un De Sceaux
However, punters that believe Defi Du Seuil is better suited to a longer trip will be looking at Un De Sceaux and Politologue. Une De Sceaux (4/1) is the oldest out of the field at 11-years-old but runs as fresh as a yearling. The Mullins trained veteran cruised to a four-length victory over two miles at Punchestown and is the second favourite to win the Tingle Creek Chase for a second time, following a previous win in 2016. He has a fantastic record in the race and would have taken two Tingle Creek Chase victories if it wasn’t for the incredible Altior winning last year, leaving him in second by four lengths.
After losing to Defi Du Seuil in the Shloer Chase, Politologue (5/1) goes into Saturday 3lbs better off with a matching weight of 11st 7lb. Trainer Paul Nicholls has stated that he wants a stronger pace in this race which would in turn play into his eight-year-olds strengths. It is a possibility that Une De Sceaux will come over and go at a good gallop, meaning that the race will be even tighter than first thought. Sandown also suits him well, and the softer the going the better.
Its also worth noting the Politologue is an excellent jumper, especially at Sandown. Jockey, Harry Cobden, believes that Politologue will produce a bold performance and won’t be far off.
Sceau Royal (11/2), who finished third in last season’s Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, will also be competing along with Nicky Henderson’s Janika (13/2) who had a fantastic reappearance at the Haldon Gold Cup. Waiting Patiently (9/1), Dolos (18/1) and Henry De Bromhead’s Ornua (33/1) round off the field