Un De Sceaux 4/7 to win Saturday’s Tingle Creek after Nicky Henderson’s announcement
Ten horses remain entered for the Tingle Creek Chase, although Sprinter Sacre is one runner who won’t be lining up for the 1 mile 7 furlong showdown after trainer Nicky Henderson confirmed that his charge doesn’t need another run this side of Christmas.
Racing fans had been hoping to see Sprinter clash with Un De Sceaux at Sandown before renewing a potential rivalry in the Queen Mother Champion Chase in March, although the latter is now massive favourite to win Saturday’s race.
The Willie Mullins horse is 4/7 with bet365 to claim the spoils, with Vibrato Valtat available at 7/2 with Paddy Power and Simonsig available at 7/1 with the same firm.
Sire De Grugy is a 10/1 chance and the Gary Moore-trained horse has got a Champion Chase victory under his belt, with the race potentially more competitive than the odds suggest.
Nevertheless, Un De Sceaux will be a warm order, with Henderson reporting on Monday that it felt pointless to be sending out Sprinter Sacre when the horse was in little need of the run.
“He just doesn’t need another race at the moment and it’s as simple as that,” said Henderson.
“With Sprinter, the Desert Orchid at Kempton is the likely place for him and if he needs another run before Cheltenham, fine.
“We don’t need to run him again. We’re not going to learn anything. But he looks fantastic – he looked great coming into the race and he looks fantastic coming out of it.”
The Desert Orchid Chase takes place on 27 December, with racing fans having been thrilled to see the horse return to something approaching his best on a seasonal re-appearance at Cheltenham recently.
With regard to the Queen Mother Champion Chase in the spring, Un De Sceaux is best price 13/8 to win the race after claiming a facile Arkle win, while Sky Bet offer Sprinter Sacre at odds of 4/1 which seem fairly generous when you consider each-way terms of ¼ for the first three places.
“Un De Sceaux has come forward really well in the past couple of weeks and we’re looking at starting him off in the Tingle Creek,” Mullins wrote in a recent Racing Post column.
“The alternative is the Hilly Way Chase at Cork on the following day, but we’re leaning towards the Tingle Creek for him.”