2017 Tingle Creek betting headed by Douvan odds
Hurdle Bet report on the latest 2017 Tingle Creek betting and Douvan odds make him a strong favourite for the Sandown showpiece on Saturday.
Connections of Fox Norton are looking forward to taking on Douvan in what promises to be a mouthwatering renewal of the Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday (14:55).
The pair were among 11 entries left in the prestigious 1m 7 1/2f £150,000 contest at the five-day declaration stage.
Douvan, trained by Willie Mullins, was the highest-rated National Hunt horse of the 2016/17 season after an excellent campaign.
That included an eight-length defeat of subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John in the Grade 1 Paddy Power Cashcard Chase at Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival.
Douvan odds-on to make winning return
The seven-year-old’s only defeat came in the Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March, when he was found to be lame after trailing home seventh.
Douvan is odds-on 4/5 favourite in Betvictor‘s 2017 Tingle Creek betting to make a winning return to action.
Mullins also gives an entry to defending champion Un De Sceaux, who followed-up his success 12 months ago with two more Grade 1 victories at Cheltenham in the re-scheduled Clarence House Chase and the Ryanair Chase.
However, he is likely to stay at home and contest the Hilly Way Chase at Cork on Sunday.
Irish entries also include Special Tiara
Four Irish-trained entries also include two trained by Henry de Bromhead, successful in the 2011 Tingle Creek Chase with Sizing Europe.
Special Tiara (25/1, Paddy Power) gamely won last season’s Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Second season chaser Ordinary World (33/1, Betvictor), meanwhile, was twice runner-up at Grade 1 level in his first year over fences.
The home challenge is headed Fox Norton, Paddy Power’s 5/2 second-favourite in the 2017 Tingle Creek betting, who has twice finished behind Douvan but is unbeaten in three starts since going down by a head to Special Tiara at Cheltenham in March.
Trained by Colin Tizzard, the seven-year-old stormed to victory in the Grade 1 JLT Melling Chase at Aintree before ending his season when beating Un De Sceaux in the Grade 1 Punchestown Champion Chase.
Connections of Fox Norton looking forward to challenge
Fox Norton, who runs in the colours of the late Ann and Alan Potts, made an impressive reappearance with a routine eight-length victory in the Grade 2 Shloer Chase at Cheltenham last month.
Joe Tizzard, assistant to his father, said: “The Tingle Creek has been the plan for Fox Norton since the end of last season.
“We had a lovely run on his reappearance at Cheltenham, when he was mightily impressive.
“It will be interesting to see if Douvan comes over or not, but we are looking forward to the challenge.
“Bryan Cooper will be riding him again. Fox Norton will do a piece of work tomorrow and then he will be build up into Saturday’s race.”
Politologue out to enhance Nicholls’ amazing record
Paul Nicholls is aiming for an incredible 10th success in the Tingle Creek Chase and has two entries, headed by Politologue (6/1, Betvictor).
The John Hales-owned six-year-old fell at the final fence when leading in the Grade 1 Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree in April, with stablemate San Benedeto taking the honours.
This Nicholls duo re-opposed in the Grade 2 Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter last month, when Politologue came out on top by 2 3/4 lengths.
“Needs to take another step up”
“Politologue will run in the Tingle Creek, whereas San Benedeto is more likely to go for the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon on Sunday,” Ditcheat handler Nicholls revealed.
“Politologue is doing very well, but needs to take another step up against the likes of Fox Norton and Douvan. We will see how performs against the top two-milers.”
Ar Mad (Gary Moore, 16/1, Paddy Power) and Sir Valentino (Tom George, 33/1 Paddy Power) will also re-oppose after being pulled-up in the Haldon Gold Cup.
Last season’s Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase runner-up Charbel (Kim Bailey, 25/1 Paddy Power) and multiple Grade 2 scorer Top Gamble (Kerry Lee, 50/1, Betvictor) complete the entries.
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