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  • 15:00 Betfair Tingle Creek Chase 1m 7f 119y

  • (Grade 1) £150,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £84,405 2nd £31,800 3rd £15,915 4th £7,950
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • Winning time: 3m 51.05s
  • Off time: 15:00:23

Douvan backed in ante-post market for Tingle Creek at Sandown

Last Updated: 29/11/16 5:24pm

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Douvan has been well backed for the Tingle Creek

Douvan has been well backed for the Tingle Creek

Last season's Arkle winner Douvan was backed into odds-on for Saturday's Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown.

The historic two mile Grade One contest was re-opened for entries yesterday but eight possibles were revealed on Tuesday and the ante-post market firmly suggests that Willie Mullins' brilliant performer is set to journey to Esher.

Mullins, who came so close to winning the British Trainer's Championship last season, has had relatively few representatives in Britain thus far but could be represented by either Douvan or Un De Sceaux this weekend.

Douvan had been available at 5/1 in the early markets but sustained support saw layers cut the brilliant six-year-old into 4/7. However, by a little after 5pm he had drifted back out to even money.

Douvan has won 11 of his 12 starts with his only defeat coming on his racecourse debut in France before he joined Mullins.

He raced six times over fences in his novice season, adding victories at the Aintree and Punchestown Festivals to his success at Cheltenham in March.

Mullins told the Irish Times: "Hopefully he (Douvan) will be able to run soon. He is entered for both the Tingle Creek and the Hilly Way (Cork, December 11).

"Un De Sceaux is also in at Sandown so we'll see how things work out this week, but I would imagine Douvan would run in one of the two.

"The other route to go would be the John Durkan (at Punchestown on Sunday week) but we have Djakadam for that.

"If they had different owners they might take each other on. But for now at least I think Douvan will stay at two miles."

Gary Moore could run both Ar Mad and stable stalwart Sire De Grugy, who won this race in 2013 and 2015.

The West Sussex trainer is keen to get a run into Ar Mad as he has been out through injury since February.

"It's 99 per cent Ar Mad will run in the Tingle Creek. He also has an entry in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon on Sunday, just in case," Moore told At The Races.

"If they raced on Saturday I honestly think the way Sire de Grugy beat Vaniteux (at Ascot), I think he would beat Ar Mad this week, but there would probably be a different outcome at the end of the season."

Moore's son and stable jockey, Jamie, reports Sire De Grugy to be ticking over nicely since his Ascot victory earlier this month.

"He's training well. He hasn't done much since Ascot, just one canter a day. He did a couple on Monday and seems OK," he said.

Tom George is double-handed with Grade One scorer God's Own and Haldon Gold Cup winner Sir Valentino.

In-form Gordon Elliott can call on The Game Changer, while the Paul Nicholls-trained Vibrato Valtat completes the octet.

Sky Bet odds: Evens Douvan; 3/1 Sire De Grugy, Un De Sceaux; 4/1 Ar Mad ; 7/1 God's Own; 16s bar.

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