After this weeks fiasco regarding the participation of Douvan we now know the six contenders who will contest this years renewal of The Tingle Creek. These are our views on the runners:
Un De Sceaux (15/8)
Put in his place by Sprinter Sacre at Cheltenham and looks short enough in the betting considering he is likely to be taken on for lead and jumping put under pressure, worth opposing.
Ar Mad (10/3)
Put up an electric performances both at Kempton and here during his novice campaign last year. Likely prove hard to peg back if turning up here (still has entry in Peterborough Chase)
Sir De Grugy (7/2)
Back to form in handicap last time, more on plate now but has run numerous decent races around here. At age of 10 there is no more improvement to come and vulnerable to younger rivals.
Gods Own (5/1)
Didn't get home in G2 at Ascot last time, despite travelling best turning for home. Fancied to go very close as strong pace up front may set it up for him.
Vibrato Valtat (25/1)
Looks overpriced on bits and pieces of form, including 3rd in this last year. Travelled best at Aintree on seasonal debut but has disappointing run last time to put behind him.
Sir Valentino (50/1)
Career best last time in Haldon Gold Cup but much more needed here and would be a surprise winner.
Conclusion: - If turning up here rather than going to Huntingdon - 'Ar Mad' is going to take some catching as is fancied to make all.