Tingle Creek Chase

Tingle Creek Chase 2022 Runners

Greaneteen

Paul Nicholls has landed the Tingle Creek Chase 12 times since 1999 including in each of the last two years, and the 13-time champion trainer will look to improve his record further with defending champion Greaneteen.

Greaneteen chased home stablemate Politologue in this contest in 2020 and signed off last season with an impressive 12 lengths success in the Grade 1 Celebration Chase over the same course and distance.

The classy eight-year-old clearly excels over this track and trip and he made an impressive return to action when landing the Grade 2 Haldon Gold Cup under top weight.

That performance further confirmed his position as a Grade 1 chaser and he arrives fit and ready to put his best foot forward, giving him an advantage over market rivals Shishkin and Edwardstone, who are yet to be seen this autumn.

Shishkin

It's fair to suggest that Shishkin is by far and away the most talented horse in this line-up for the 14:55 at Sandown and official ratings would agree as he is 5lbs clear of his nearest rival. However, he returns to action with questions to answer after pulling-up in the Champion Chase in March.

Nicky Henderson’s superstar was unbeaten when completing over both hurdles and fences to that point, with his latest success coming at Ascot in February when defeating champion chaser Energumene in the Grace 1 Clarence House Chase.

Shishkin was pushed to the peak of his powers on that occasion and, although he had sufficient time to recover, it’s possible that he was still feeling the effects of that outing when pulling-up in March.

His trainer suggested that he was never travelling on the soft ground at Cheltenham and his lack of fluency at the fences would certainly support that theory. Thankfully he was spared a gruelling race as Nico de Boinville drew stumps after jumping the eighth fence and connections will be hopeful that their charge can return to his best following a nice long summer at grass.

I have no doubt that Shishkin would be a warm odds-on favourite for this contest without the ‘P’ next to his name and he could prove very tough to beat if back to his best.

Edwardstone

Edwardstone quickly developed into the top two mile novice chaser in Britain last season and he readily accounted for the best that Ireland had to offer in the Grade 1 Arkle Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Alan King’s stable star ran out an impressive 16 lengths winner of the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase on this card 12 months ago, clocking a time that was four seconds quicker than Greaneteen managed in the Tingle Creek Chase 35 minutes later.

While that statistic should probably be taken with a pinch of salt, it does show that Edwardstone is well suited to this course and distance and he is also likely to encounter his ideal ground conditions, which future aids his prospects.

He should be fit enough to do himself justice given that he has been pulled out of engagements at Cheltenham and Ascot due to ground related concerns in recent weeks. I’m prepared to forgive his defeat at Aintree given he was kept busy last year and it came close enough to Cheltenham.

He could easily trouble his more fancied rivals granted natural progression from his novice campaign.

Gentleman De Mee

Gentleman De Mee proved deeply progressive during the spring when scoring in Grade 3 company at Navan and Grade 1 company at Aintree, on the latter occasion defeating the aforementioned Edwardstone in the Maghul Novices’ Chase.

The JP McManus owned six-year-old was forced to sidestep Punchestown due to a respiratory infection and was beaten before unseating his rider on his seasonal reappearance at Naas when sent off a 4/7 favourite.

The Saints Des Saints gelding arguably has the most scope for progression at this stage and it’s hard to know just what he could be capable of.

However, Willie Mullins hasn’t had much luck in this race in recent years, albeit Un De Sceaux triumphed in 2016, and it’s hard to see Gentleman De Mee proving a match for Greaneteen and Shishkin on all known form. 

Funambule Sivola

Funambule Sivola chased home impressive Champion Chase hero Energumene at the Cheltenham Festival in March and is clearly a high-class performer when at the peak of his powers.

Venetia Williams’ seven-year-old was coming off a cosy win in the Grade 2 Game Spirit Chase on that occasion, where he defeated the 161 rated Sceau Royal and 160 rated Hitman, who are solid yardsticks at the grade.

The Noroit gelding has won first time out in the past and his yard have been amongst the winners in recent times. However, he has upwards of 8lbs to find with Greaneteen and Shishkin on official ratings and will likely require a career best effort in order to triumph. 

 

Dunvegan

Duvegan was progressive over fences last season winning Grade A and Grade B handicaps at Fairyhouse before chasing home the high-class Chacun Pour Soi in the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Dublin Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival.

It’s worth noting that his two victories last term were achieved on a right-handed track and the talented grey blew away the cobwebs with an outing in the November Handicap at Naas last month.

However, this is clearly a much sterner test for the nine-year-old and it’s hard to see him troubling those towards the head of the betting.

Tingle Creek Chase 2022 Tips & Prediction

Paul Nicholls has his string firing on all cylinders at present and you can bet your last pound that he will have Greaneteen trained to the second for this contest.

The defending champion demonstrated his class when defying top weight in the Haldon Gold Cup and clearly thrives over this course and distance. He is therefore worthy of his place in the market.

However, SHISHKIN could prove very tough to beat if returning to form and there’s no reason to believe that he shouldn’t following his summer break.

The high-class eight-year-old defeated reigning champion chaser Energumene at Ascot in January and he had passed every test prior to his mishap in March which, as discussed above, could easily be attributed to multiple factors.

Shishkin wouldn’t be running here if connections had any doubts whatsoever and the forecast showers should ensure that the ground is ideal, while the demands of Sandown should suit him as a staying two-miler.

EDWARDSTONE would also make sufficient appeal given his scope for progression.

Alan King’s eight-year-old looked like a potential star when clocking a quick time over this course and distance in the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase last December and he continued to demonstrate his class for the remainder of the season.

It’s not ideal that he hasn’t had a run prior to this contest. However, he has been withdrawn from two races in recent weeks and it is therefore safe to assume that he is fit enough to do himself justice. 

Gentlemen De Mee defeated Edwardstone at Aintree but disappointed on his reappearance and would need to take a big step forwards. Funambule Sivola could outperform market expectations but may lack the class of one or two, ultimately.