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Chacun Pour Soi is the standout name among the field of five set to go to post in the Tingle Creek Chase 2021 (Sandown, 14.25).
Willie Mullins sends his superstar two miler over to the UK for the second time in his career after disappointing in last season’s Queen Mother Champion Chase when he finished behind Put The Kettle On and Nube Negra.
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The latter reopposes at Sandown today and Dan Skelton’s charge has already laid down a marker by comfortably winning last month’s Shloer Chase, while Greaneteen’s connections can point to his victory in April’s Celebration Chase at Sandown as his solid piece of form.
Hitman and Captain Guinness complete the field but who do our panel of pundits fancy? You’ll find their Tingle Creek best bets and predictions below!
Matt Chapman: I have long been in no doubt CHACUN POUR SOI is an exceptional horse and I fully expect him to take this prize for Ireland’s champion Willie Mullins and his son Patrick.
Chacun Pour Soi finished last season with a third behind Put the Kettle On in the Champion Chase, which was a shocking effort to be quite honest and I don’t believe he was right. He went on to Punchestown though, and slammed Allaho in the Grade 1 there. At his best he’s a monster.
Mick Fitzgerald: I have been guilty of late of underestimating some of the Irish horses who have not had a run and it has cost me. Chacun Pour Soi is a fair way ahead on ratings and he always looks like he is better with a run under his belt, but he just has a bit up his sleeve on a few of these on ratings and that could swing it. The negatives are plain to see though, Patrick Mullins has his first ride around here and his first ride on the horse. Add in his need for a run and he should be a short price too!
NUBE NEGRA is fit after a run at Cheltenham last month, is stronger this year and the Dan Skelton team are flying. That makes him is the obvious one to take on Chacun Pour Soi with. Greaneteen took the scalp of Altior at this track in the Celebration Chase earlier this year and is a horse who ran much better than end result at Exeter last time out. Captain Guinness should also be fit for this one too.
Ruby Walsh: CHACUN POUR SOI has only ran once in the UK and Sandown will suit him. He’s in really good form and he’s a great jumper. You could argue a case for Nube Negra for the Skelton’s but Chacun Pour Soi will take a lot of beating.
Frank Hickey: CHACUN POUR SOI may have been disappointing when only third in the Champion Chase last March but I’m not sure Cheltenham is the most suitable track for him and he was a completely different proposition back at Punchestown when he was a wide margin winner of the Champion Chase there, with Nube Negra over 24 lengths back in third that day.
Chacun has only tasted defeat twice in nine starts for Willie Mullins and when he is at his best, he is capable of putting in a monster performance. While he is conceding match fitness to his four rivals here, there is no doubt that if he shows his best he will win. The only issue is his price. It is worth taking a bit of a punt on Chacun to win by five lengths or more and Nube Negra to finish second. Last season in Chacun’s four wins, he won by 19, 6.5, 8 and 5.5 lengths and the track at Sandown will suit his style. I can see Patrick Mullins getting an easy lead here and he will turn the screw leaving the back straight, as it is in that section of the race that Chacun seems to put his races to bed. For that reason, he can cover the five-length distance while for me, there is no doubt that Nube Negra has the second-best form in the race and was quite impressive himself when winning the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham last month. If he can run to that sort of form here, he is the one most likely to chase Chacun Pour Soi home.
Timeform: 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.
Tingle Creek Tips Summary
Matt Chapman – Chaucun Pour Soi
Mick Fitzgerald – Nube Negra
Ruby Walsh – Chacun Pour Soi
Frank Hickey – Chacun Pour Soi to win by 5 lengths, Nube Negra to finish second
Timeform – Chacun Pour Soi
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