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Betfair Tingle Creek: Greaneteen ‘a lot improved’ as he bids to make it fortunate 13 for coach Paul Nicholls | Racing Information | NEWSRUX

Greaneteen will attempt to make it a thirteenth win for coach Paul Nicholls as he defends his Betfair Tingle Creek Chase title at Sandown on Saturday.

The eight-year-old was a shock 12/1 victor within the two-mile spotlight final time period as odds-on favorite Chacun Pour Soi flopped, however the Nicholls runner is about to go off at a lot skinnier odds this time, as he seeks a fourth Grade One success at his favorite monitor.

Greaneteen, who has additionally received the Celebration Chase for the final two years, boasts his highest profession score of 171 coming into this contest after an ideal reappearance at Exeter final month, the place he defied top-weight within the Haldon Gold Cup to dish out a seven-length beating to stablemate Dolos.

Nicholls saddled Kauto Star, Twist Magic, Grasp Minded and Politologue to win two Tingle Creeks and has each confidence Greaneteen can provide his proprietor Chris Giles one other thrill by including his title to that illustrious listing.

He stated: “His entire work has been a lot improved from what it was a 12 months in the past. He is a much-improved horse and he ran prefer it (at Exeter). To win off 168 beating respectable horses within the method he did, it confirmed what we thought – that he was a lot better this 12 months.

“It is an important race to win, we have had some beautiful horses win it over time and it is a race we goal and do properly in. Sandown is a unbelievable leaping monitor, horses have gotten to leap and keep round there so that you want the suitable horse and have him proper on the day.

Greaneteen made every yard as he regained the Betway Haldon Gold Cup
Greaneteen made each yard as he regained the Betway Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter earlier this season

“Contact wooden ours appears to be in nice kind this 12 months, they appear to have improved bodily and the way in which they’ve been working – I simply hope Greaneteen can carry that ahead and make it 13.

“It was a lifetime ambition of Chris’ to win the Tingle Creek and final 12 months was a day he’ll always remember. Nobody else fancied him, however I did.

“He wanted the run badly within the Haldon Gold Cup final 12 months as he’d had just a few little points, however I had a month to get some correct work into him and he received the race properly. We have positively had a a lot simpler run into the race this 12 months.”

Paul Nicholls’ 12 Tingle Creek wins

Flagship Uberalles (1999)

Cenkos (2002)

Kauto Star (2005, 2006)

Twist Magic (2007, 2009)

Grasp Minded (2008, 2010)

Dodging Bullets (2014)

Politologue (2017, 2020)

Greaneteen (2021)

In what appears to be like an enchanting renewal, Shishkin returns to motion for the primary time since pulling up within the Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March.

Having bought the higher of Energumene in a pulsating Clarence Home Chase at Ascot in January, a second instalment was anticipated on the Pageant – however jockey Nico de Boinville known as time after the eighth fence and it later transpired the gelding was affected by a uncommon bone situation.

Nicky Henderson stories him to be glowing at residence, and hopefully prepared to point out his sensible finest once more.

Nico De Boinville and Shishkin
Nico De Boinville and Shishkin in motion throughout their victory within the Clarence Home Chase

He stated: “I believe he appears to be like unbelievable, his education has been as sensible as ever, he jumped 10 fences on Wednesday, Nico has been actually happy with him, he rides him in most of his work and Jayden, who rides him day-to-day, thinks he feels nice.

“There appears to be lots of confidence popping out of Ditcheat (about Greaneteen) – which I respect – however you have to return and hope we have got the Shishkin that ran at Ascot in that epic battle with Energumene final 12 months which was the race of the season. If he is again to that then he’ll be very aggressive.

“I can not assure that, he clearly had a serious downside after Cheltenham, however I’m assured it’s behind us as every thing has gone very properly.

“There is not any doubt there’s enchancment to return, it is his first run since March. Most of ours have come on a bit for a run, however they’ve began to win first outing now so I am hopeful. However it is going to be an enormous take a look at.”

Alan King’s Edwardstone, winner of the Arkle in March, is one other main participant alongside along with his Aintree conqueror Gentleman De Mee, who represents Willie Mullins.

Pat Fahy fields a second Irish-trained contender in outsider Dunvegan, with the Venetia Williams-trained Funambule Sivola finishing a choose sextet.

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