Saturday sees the Tingle Creek at Sandown – a fantastic mix of speed and ferocious jumping. Sadly, Shishkin will not be featuring but five horses will head to post for a competitive looking renewal with the Willie Mullins’ trained Chacun Pour Soi heading the ante-post betting. In preparation for Saturday’s big race, we’ve taken a look back at the top 5 Tingle Creek Chase winners from the last 20 years – a list that includes some jumps racing greats.
5 of the best Tingle Creek Chase winners this century
Moscow Flyer (2004)
There were many high points in the career of Moscow Flyer but his victory in the 2004 Tingle Creek lives long in the memory.
Having won the race in 2003, he returned 12 months later to defend his crown and he put in a stunning round of jumping under Barry Geraghty to fend off Azertyuiop and Well Chief – two top-class rivals.
And it was a season to remember for Moscow Flyer, with success in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham and the Melling Chase at Aintree to follow.
Kauto Star (2006)
Having won the Tingle Creek in 2005, Kauto Star arrived at Sandown in 2006 on the back of success in the Betfair Chase just two weeks earlier. And he put in undoubtedly his best-ever performance over 2 miles by cruising to a seven-length victory over Arkle winner Voy Por Ustedes.
Just three weeks later, Kauto Star coasted home in the King George at Kempton, en-route to becoming one of the best-staying chasers one the modern era. Undoubtedly one of the best Tingle Creek Chase winners ever.
Master Minded (2010)
Like Kauto Star, Master Minded was trained by Paul Nicholls, owned by Clive Smith, and was a standout operator over the 2-mile trip.
He added his names to the list of winners of the Tingle Creek Chase in 2008, one of eight Grade 1 career victories, and 2010 saw him seal victory in the race one more, although this time at Cheltenham with Sandown under deep snow.
Sent off the 10/11 favourite, he was given a superb ride by Noel Fehily, with the pair taking up the running two fences from home before winning effortlessly.
Sprinter Sacre (2012)
It may not have been a high-class field that lined up for the Tingle Creek in 2012 but this was the season that Sprinter Sacre was at his indomitable best.
He destroyed the field at Sandown, recording a 15-length victory, offering a hint of what was to come in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, where he demolished a top-quality field by a staggering 19-lengths
As they approached the last in the 2018 Tingle Creek, Altior and Un De Sceaux were locked in a titanic battle, with many questioning if Altior’s winning run of 14 races was about to come to an end.
All concern for Altior backers was quickly gone though as he put in his customary late surge to pull clear up the run-in and win by a comfortable four-lengths, with the 3rd placed Saint Calvados a further 15 lengths back.
And it was another season to remember for Altior, who then went on to win his next four races – all Grade 1 victories, including the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. One of the greatest Tingle Creek Chase winners ever and one of the greatest horses ever.
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