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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
    Result
  • Winning time: 3m 51.05s
  • Off time: 15:00:23

Douvan out; Un De Sceaux runs in Betfair Tingle Creek Chase

Last Updated: 01/12/16 4:19pm

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Un De Sceaux: Takes his chance in the Tingle Creek.

Un De Sceaux: Takes his chance in the Tingle Creek.

The ante-post rollercoaster of Saturday's Betfair Tingle Creek Chase has come to an end with Douvan not being declared on Thursday morning.

A 5/1 chance in places early on Tuesday, he was as short as 4/7 within a matter of hours as rumours spread that last season's unbeatable champion novice would be taking his chance in the Sandown Grade One.

But by Wednesday afternoon, his price was back on the drift again, and he was trading at around the 7/4 mark with the race sponsors when betting was suspended for the final declarations.

Trainer Wilile Mullins will be represented in the race, however, with Un De Sceaux declared and Ruby Walsh set to take the ride. It will be the Irish champion's first runner in the UK this season.

With Douvan's reappearance one of the most eagerly-anticipated of the season, Mullins is now looking towards Cork's Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase on Sunday week.

"It was an easy enough decision to make, it was probably Un De Sceaux all the time as he's used to travelling to France and the UK, while Douvan is only a novice going into Grade One company against horses who are well used to running in Grade Ones," Mullins told At The Races.

"I had him (Douvan) in the race, but unless he was really sparkling I wasn't going to send him and when I worked him he didn't do enough for me for a big test like that, it's early enough in the season.

"The ideal race for Un De Sceaux would have been the Hilly Way, but Douvan will go there now. I just want to get Douvan back and we'll take it one race at a time."

Gary Moore has declared both Sire De Grugy and Ar Mad to take him on.

Tom George is represented by God's Own, another multiple Grade One winner, and his stablemate Sir Valentino, who produced a career-best last time out when successful in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter.

Of God's Own, the in-form George said: "I'm hoping we've got the fitness edge, Un De Sceaux and Ar Mad are having their first runs and Sire De Grugy is running back quite quickly. I wouldn't swap mine"

Paul Nicholls put Vibrato Valtat back into the race after it was re-offered.

Sky Bet have installed Un De Sceaux as their 15/8 favourite after the declarations, with Ar Mad 11/4 and Sire De Grugy 3/1.

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