Tingle Creek Festival day two predictions: Shishkin ready to land Grade 1 spoils
- Saturday is the second and final day of Sandown's Tingle Creek Festival
- Recommended bets:
- Authorised Speed to win 12.00pm
- Whitehotchillifili to win 12.35pm
- Bridge North to win 1.10pm
- Jonbon to win 1.45pm
- Nayati to win 2.20pm
- Shishkin to win 2.55pm
- Quick Wave to win 3.30pm
It is the main dish at Sandown Park on Saturday afternoon as their two-day Winter Festival culminates with the Tingle Creek Chase taking centre stage.
The Grade 1 contest goes off at 2.55pm and has attracted a heavyweight field of six to tackle the famous Railway fences at the Esher venue.
The undercard is decent, too, and our expert takes a race-by-race look at Saturday's Sandown card (12.00pm-3.30pm).
12.00pm - Brian Giles Memorial 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (2m)
A year ago this race saw the debut of Constitution Hill for Nicky Henderson and he is now the darling of jumps racing. A lot to try and live up to then, but Gary Moore's AUTHORISED SPEED looked above average in last month's Lingfield maiden hurdle win over further on soft ground.
His stamina will be an asset here and he could advertise his claims for next month's Grade 1 Tolworth — a race Constitution Hill followed up in — by grabbing this prize.
Racing Post selection: Authorised Speed
12.35pm - Goffs Tingle Creek Sale Mares' Handicap Hurdle (2m4f)
West Balboa finished second to Stage Star in the Grade 1 Challow Novices' Hurdle at Newbury in December and has not been spotted since. Dan Skelton's runner is one to note, albeit his team are more accustomed to needing a run this season on their comebacks.
WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI is a C&D Listed winner on heavy ground at her best and is on a potentially decent mark returning from a break/wind op now. She faced tough challenges last season and this looks more workable, especially with Ben Bromley taking off 7lb.
Racing Post selection: Whitehotchillifili
1.10pm - Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (2m7½f)
Lots of possible contenders in this competitive event, though perhaps top-weight Call Me Lord (stamina) and Dolphin Square (career-high mark) have reasons to doubt them.
BRIDGE NORTH was a useful novice last season for Henry Daly, especially when confronted with soft ground. He has had a spin around Aintree and now goes up in trip and, given he likes the mud, could be an improver.
Racing Post selection: Bridge North
1.45pm - Close Brothers Henry VIII Novices' Chase (Grade 1, 1m7½f)
JONBON excelled himself in last month's chasing bow at Warwick, attacking his fences and jumping with real precision as he blew away rivals Monmiral and West Cork. He is favourite for the Arkle at Cheltenham in March and it should be a treat to see him over these famous fences. Boothill is the realistic market rival, but may struggle with Jonbon's high cruising speed.
Racing Post selection: Jonbon
2.20pm - Betfair Daily Rewards Handicap Hurdle (2m)
Cheltenham Festival-winning novice Love Envoi was only beaten once last term, when second at Punchestown in a Grade 1 contest at the end of a long season. Harry Fry's mare won here (2m4f, heavy) and makes her handicap bow off a possible lenient mark of 139 now.
NAYATI has two wins in three runs this season for Donald McCain and is not yet crossed off from achieving more — he is an each-way alternative to the mare.
Racing Post selection: Nayati
2.55pm - Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1, 2m)
A belting renewal of the Tingle Creek in prospect, assuming that all six declared runners make the start. Ground may play a role in that but a mouth-watering clash between last year's winner Greaneteen, SHISHKIN and two outstanding novices' of the previous campaign — Edwardstone and Gentleman De Mee — awaits if they all stand their ground.
Gentleman De Mee is interesting with a run behind him, and could look to dominate from the front, while Greaneteen produced a fine weight-carrying performance in the Haldon Gold Cup and his trainer Paul Nicholls remains convinced he is now better than ever.
All that said, if Shishkin is on the level he achieved at Ascot in January when battling past Energumene, he sits a mighty standard.
Racing Post selection: Shishkin
3.30pm - Winners Wear Cavani Menswear London National Handicap Chase (3m4½f)
Deise Aba could not have gone closer in this a year ago without winning and is back for more, while Eclair De Guye was behind in third that day and better off now at the weights.
Harry Fry's Revels Hill is a thorough stayer and enjoyed a pleasing comeback at Ascot over much shorter, he has got a fine chance, but Venetia Williams' mare QUICK WAVE won easily at Ludlow in January on her only outing last season after wind surgery and it is very plausible there is more to come from her as stamina is teased out.
Racing Post selection: Quick Wave