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Skelton and Politologue Get Back Together in Tingle Creek Chase

Author: Don Mckee
Published: Tuesday December 01, 2020

Harry Skelton is hoping that his previous winning partner, Politologue will build upon where they left and bounce back to triumph at odds with Altior in the Tingle Creek Chase. After leading the Paul Nicholls trained at the Queen Mother Champion Chase in March, Skelton is pitching to get another Grade One victory on Politologue on Saturday. Skelton hasn’t ridden Politologue in the open since their victory at the Festival but has on Nicholls’ sprints at Ditcheat in readiness for his reappearance.

Skelton commented that he sat on the horse and he felt in great shape. Skelton also added that the trainer, Paul, was happy with the horse’s abilities, and it was the key thing as it made him happy too. The two are looking towards Saturday when they will be riding for the first time in public since their last win.

Although the nine-year-old John Hales-owned horse didn’t appear in the race a year ago, Skelton is not concerned about it considering the horse had formerly got the 2017 renewal. Also, the two won the first time on three events. Skelton said that the horse blew up the preceding year, but his trainer is happy about him this time around. The trainer added that the Politologue defeat last year no longer play in his head because the horse felt great and that he knew the horse performs better when fresh.

More About the Upcoming Race

Skelton recognized his win with Politologue as unforgettable and that he was anticipating to sit on his back again. Although the horse hasn’t defeated Altior in their last three clashes, Skelton is not scared to compete with Nicky Henderson’s vivid dual defender who has only lost on one occasion in 21 jumps starts. Skelton is confident that he will take on Altior but also knows that Grade One races are competitive. He also hopes that all key players will be in attendance.

The champion of the contest in 2018, Altior, will be trying for his 11th Grade One win for Nicky Henderson. The horse just took part in a track dash at Newbury with the high jumper champion, Epetante. Another couple that will be in the race is Nicholls, who will partner with Greaneteen, the Haldon Gold Cup winner.

Rouge Vif, Harry Whittington’s horse, who finished third in the Arkle in March is also expected to be in the race. Whittington said that rouge was in great shape and incredibly ready for the Tingle Creek Chase on Saturday. The jockey also added that the horse came out of his victory at Cheltenham in good form such that his rating was already great for handicaps. Therefore, the team behind the horse will be pitching for him to enter grade one company, hoping he is equipped for the big step ahead.

First flow, Castlegrace Paddy, Brewin’upastorm and Esprit Du Large top up the eight horses that will be participating in the Saturday race. Paul Nicholls is looking for his 11th win with his Haldon Gold Cup winner, Greaneteen, who has been popular even in other races. As all the big horses will be riding in the tingle creek chase, fans can’t wait to see who will scope the first position this Saturday.