Tingle Creek runner-by-runner guide as Chacun Pour Soi headlines Sandown field of 5

Can Chacun score at Sandown on Saturday?

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Captain Guinness

Trainer: Henry de Bromhead Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Age: 6 Weight: 11st 7lbs

Smart chaser who proved too free when third in last season’s Arkle. Back on track when winning Naas Grade 3 on return but plenty to find up against some top-class opposition.

Chacun Pour Soi

Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: Mr P. W. Mullins Age: 9 Weight: 11st 7lbs

Top-class chaser. Failed to land the odds in Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham but quickly back to his very best with a dominant win in the Punchestown Champion Chase. Hard to beat on return.

Greaneteen

Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Bryony Frost Age: 7 Weight: 11st 7lbs

Runner-up in this last year before showing top-class form in the spring, notably when landing the Celebration Chase over C&D in April. Shaped as if needing return at Exeter and better expected now.

Hitman

Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Harry Cobden Age: 5 Weight: 11st 7lbs

Quickly made up into a smart novice last term. Creditable second in Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter on return but this looks a tough ask for all he remains with potential as a chaser. Tongue strap on.

Nube Negra

Trainer: Dan Skelton Jockey: Harry Skelton Age: 7 Weight: 11st 7lbs

Denied a clear run when ½-length second in Queen Mother Champion Chase. Failed to give running behind Chacun Pour Soi at Punchestown next time but impressive win in Grade 2 at Cheltenham on return.

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Timeform Verdict: CHACUN POUR SOI might have fluffed his lines in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham but he’s been imperious on all 4 other starts at Grade 1 level over the past 22 months, including in the Punchestown Champion Chase when last seen in April, and is clearly the one to beat. Nube Negra and Greaneteen are top-class opponents with the former rated the main threat.

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