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  • 15:00 BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase 2m

  • (Grade 1) £135,000 added 4yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £76,882 2nd £28,850 3rd £14,445 4th £7,196
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 52.45s
  • Off time: 15:00:37

Full result

15:00 Sandown Park Result 7th December 2013
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Sire De Grugy (FR) 11-7 J E Moore G L Moore 7 7/4j
Held up in 5th, closer order in 4th 3rd, mistake 8th, blundered next, travelling well before 3 out,not clear run and switched left after 3 out, tracked leader before next, led before last, ridden clear and stayed on strongly flat opened 15/8 touched 15/8 £2000-£1000 £1500-£800(x2) £750-£400
2nd 4 Somersby (IRE) 11-7 D Elsworth M R Channon 9 4/1
Held up in 6th, went right and bumped 8th, blundered next, travelling well in 5th after 4 out, went 3rd soon after 2 out, driven and stayed on flat, took 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with winner opened 4/1 touched 9/2 £1200-£300
3rd Captain Conan (FR) 11-7 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 7/4j
Tracked leader until 8th, went 2nd again before 3 out, upsides 3 out, led soon after, ridden and headed before last, no chance with winner, no extra and lost 2nd final 100 yards opened 2/1 touched 2/1 £900-£400 £2000-£1000 £3750-£2000 £2812-£1500
4th 9 Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 11-7 Brendan Powell C L Tizzard 11 20/1
Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 8th until before 3 out, soon outpaced, plugged on to modest 4th at the last opened 20/1 touched 20/1
5th 1 Kauto Stone (FR) 11-7 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 7 11/1
Led at strong pace and clear before 3rd, hit 7th (water), reduced lead 4 out, ridden and joined next, soon headed, dropped to 3rd and blundered 2 out, soon weakened opened 11/1 touched 12/1
6th 14 Viva Colonia (IRE) 11-7 L P Aspell B Ellison 8 66/1
In rear, modest 8th 7th, never on terms, tailed off opened 66/1 touched 66/1
7th 9 Tataniano (FR) 11-7 A Thornton R Rowe 9 40/1
Chased leading trio until approaching 3rd, soon lost place, last and struggling 7th, tailed off opened 40/1 touched 40/1
8th ½ His Excellency (IRE) 11-7 A P McCoy D Pipe 5 25/1
Not always fluent in last pair, pushed along and struggling in 6th after 4 out, never a factor, tailed off opened 20/1 touched 25/1
R Mad Moose (IRE) 11-7 D Crosse N A Twiston-Davies 9 40/1
Reluctant to race and refused 1st opened 40/1 touched 40/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.10,£1.50,£1.50
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£2.10 2&3:£2.40 1&3:£1.40

Placepot: £52.80, Pool: £117113.15, 1617.42 winning tickets
Quadpot: £6.70, Pool: £10749.59, 1180.85 winning tickets

Verdict

Mad Moose once again made his bid for a share of the glory by refusing to jump the first fence, but once the race settled down, it turned out to be a real thriller - despite the much-publicised absence of Sprinter Sacre. Kauto Stone was sent to the front from the start and ensured the contest was run at a proper pace, Captain Conan settling in second with SIRE DE GRUGY and Somersby in midpack. Kauto Stone was still five lengths clear when landing flatfooted over the water jump and by the time they reached the last of the three railway fences, Captain Conan and Oiseau De Nuit were breathing down his neck. Captain Conan made his bid for glory jumping the Pond Fence, but no sooner had he mastered the leader, Sire De Grugy loomed up on his inside. At that point, Jamie Moore was forced to switch Sire De Grugy around the fading Kauto Stone and Captain Conan was two lengths clear over the second-last fence. But Moore didn't panic and produced his mount down the outside to lead before the last and stretch away for an emphatic success, with the ever-admirable Somersby staying on to grab second spot. Where would an on-song Sprinter Sacre have finished? Probably a good few lengths in front - or at least that was the view of the winning trainer. But this was nevertheless a proper Grade One performance in a fair renewal of this famous race - fourth-placed Oiseau De Nuit is no mug on his day and the rest were beaten some way. The winner arguably benefited from being ridden more conservatively than when beaten by Kid Cassidy at Cheltenham previously, but jumped better too. Somersby didn't have the speed to get involved when the front two quickened clear three out, but gives the form decent ballast. Captain Conan jumped well in the main and certainly wasn't disgraced on his seasonal return, although his performance might not have helped Nicky Henderson solve the conundrum as to his optimum trip.