Un De Sceaux one of only three horses to challenge Altior in Betfair Tingle Creek Chase

Altior and jockey Nico de Boinville after winning the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase during Ladies Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

A small, but very select field, of just four runners, boasting a total of 15 Grade 1 wins between them, will bid for the £150,000 Grade 1 Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (3.00pm) at Sandown Park on Saturday.

Nicky Henderson’s Altior will start the race as a red-hot favourite for the two-mile contest, with the eight-year-old unbeaten in nine starts over fences, five of those successes coming at the top level.

Ireland’s only representative in the race will be the Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux, winner of the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase in 2016 when defeating Sire De Grugy.

Second-season chaser Sceau Royal from the Alan King yard won four of his five outings over fences last season, including an impressive 11-length victory in the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase.

Completing the line-up is another second-season chaser, Saint Calvados, trained by Harry Whittington. The five-year-old was successful in three of his four chase outings in the 2017-18 campaign and returned to action with an impressive success in the Grade 3 Poplar Square Chase at Naas on 10th November.

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