Sacre out of Tin­gle con­test

Daily Mail - - Racemail - By MARCUS TOWNEND Rac­ing Cor­re­spon­dent

UN DE SCEAUX is odds-on favourite to win Satur­day’s Tin­gle Creek Chase at Sandown af­ter the ex­pected non-en­try of Sprinter Sacre.

Spon­sors Bet­fair make Wil­lie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux 4-7 ahead of Paul Ni­cholls’ Hal­don Gold Cup win­ner Vi­brato Val­tat (7-2).

Front- run­ner Un De Sceaux, a six-length win­ner of the Arkle Tro­phy at last sea­son’s Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val, has won 13 of his 14 races.

Ri­vals on Satur­day in­clude 2013 Tin­gle Creek win­ner Sire De Grugy, who trainer Gary Moore in­sists is show­ing more spark than when well beaten by Vi­brato Val­tat last month, and Mick Chan­non’s Somersby, run­ner-up for the last two years.

Nicky Hen­der­son still has two of the 10 en­tries in Josses Hill and Si­mon­sig. Both are also en­tered in Sun­day’s Peter­bor­ough Chase at Huntingdon.

Hen­der­son had dropped heavy hints that he pre­ferred not to run the re­ju­ve­nated Sprinter Sacre in the Tin­gle Creek so soon af­ter his vic­tory in the Shloer Chase at Chel­tenham.

As re­ported in Race­mail, the Lam­bourn trainer is lean­ing to­wards run­ning Sprinter Sacre in the Desert Or­chid Chase at Kemp­ton on De­cem­ber 27. That is the race in which he suf­fered a fib­ril­lat­ing heart in 2013. SPARKS are ex­pected to fly in the Tat­ter­salls sales at New­mar­ket to­day. Ai­dan O’Brien’s Oaks win­ner Qual­ify, Richard Han­non’s 2014 Cheve­ley Park Stakes win­ner Tiggy Wiggy and James Fan­shawe-trained Group One win­ner Rib­bons are all be­ing sold as fu­ture brood­mares.

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