Tingle Creek Chase

The Tingle Creek Chase is a Grade 1 national hunt chase held annually in early December at Sandown Park Racecourse. This race is such a highlight on the Sandown Park calendar that the racecourse devotes a two day meeting to it - the Tingle Creek Meeting. Tingle Creek Friday and Tingle Creek Day feature some of the most exciting hurdling and steeple chasing event Sandown Park Racecourse has to offer.

The Chase itself, which is of course the climax of the meeting, runs over a distance of two miles incorporating thirteen fences. It takes its name from Tingle Creek Racecourse which was a popular venue for national hunt races in the 1970s. The race itself was established in 1979, shortly after the closure of its namesake racing location.

In the forty years of Tingle Creek Chase history only one horse has managed to win the event three times in a row. In 1999, 2000 and 2001 Flagship Uberalles triumphed in the Tingle Creek Chase - every year with a different trainer and jockey, a rarity for such a successful jumper.

In the past five years trainer Paul Nicholls has established himself as one of the most successful trainers competing in the Tingle Creek Chase, training the winner five years consecutively. Nicholls, who trains Cheltenham Gold Cup winners Denman and Kauto Star, also won in 2002 with Cenkos, and recorded his first win at the event in 1999 with the prolific Flaghsip Uberalles.

Recent Winners of the Tingle Creek Chase:

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer

2009

Twist Magic

7

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

2008

Master Minded

5

Tony McCoy

Paul Nicholls

2007

Twist Magic

5

Sam Thomas

Paul Nicholls

2006

Kauto Star

6

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

2005

Kauto Star

5

Mick Fitzgerald

Paul Nicholls

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