Weekend Review: A Tingle Creek to savour

Saturday’s Betfair Tingle Creek had everything that we love about National Hunt racing. A top-class field, a promising winner in Defi Du Seuil, a gallant old legend in Un De Sceaux, and a truly pulsating finish in front of a packed Sandown grandstand.

With the jumps season now well underway, it was the turn of the top two-mile talent for Saturday’s feature event and it did not disappoint. Coming to the final fence Un De Sceaux rose narrowly in front of Defi Du Seuil, who began to assert in the run in and looked to have put the race to bed. However, as we’ve seen throughout his esteemed career, Un De Sceaux does not know when he is beaten and sustained a rally in the final stages. To add to the drama Waiting Patiently was doing all his best work late on and began to close.

A pulsating final 50 yards had everyone on their feet.

Here’s what jockey Barry Geraghty had to say after the race:

And Willie Mullins was a proud trainer of iron horse Un De Sceaux

 

WALK IN THE PARK AT AINTREE

Elsewhere on Saturday Walk In The Mill successfully defended his Becher Chase crown over at Aintree. Robert Walford’s 9-year-old again came alive over the Grand National fences in Liverpool and will surely be targeted at the big one in April.

Old foes Native River and Might Bite also went toe-to-toe on the under-card at the Merseyside venue; with the Colin Tizzard-trained Native River once again coming out the winner.

It was something of an anti-climax though as Might Bite’s rider Nico De Boinville was unseated early on in the contest. That didn’t stop Nicky Henderson’s horse from trying to beat his old nemesis, though.

Register

Sign up to Great British Racing for our email updates and you will receive a range of benefits, including exclusive offers, competitions and behind-the-scenes updates.