PAUL NICHOLLS pocketed a a lot wanted Grade One and his tenth Betfair Tingle Creek Chase as Politologue held off the late cost of odds-on favorite Fox Norton at Sandown.
Nicholls’ secure used to win Grade One’s like they have been going out of style however have struggled lately to interchange stars like Kauto Star, Grasp Minded, Denman and Huge Bucks.
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The Ditcheat handler has at all times maintained his hope that Politologue could possibly be the most effective of the present crop, the Grade One horse he badly wants and badly desires.
Effectively, the 7-2 shot, owned by long-time supporter of the yard John Hales, could have confirmed his coach’s perception to be well-founded.
The six-year-old gray jumped with zest and travelled kindly for younger jockey Harry Cobden and, after Ar Mad light from his aggressive front-running ways, he bought first run on Fox Norton and Robbie Energy earlier than holding off that rival gamely by half a size.
Nicholls instructed ITV Racing: “Meaning an terrible lot, we’re simply wanting a Grade One horse and I at all times believed on this one. It was experience from Harry and I’m delighted for everyone.”
Cobden, successful the second Grade Certainly one of his promising younger profession, mentioned: “He’s a stunning horse, the primary day I sat on him was at Haydock over two and a half on heavy floor, he took a little bit of my coronary heart that day and he’s bought all of it now.”
Nicholls went on: “He is starting to look the proper job. I knew when he went to Exeter there would be huge improvement.
“No one ever believes you when you say they need a run, but he hadn’t been back long enough really.
“I knew they would go quick and his jumping stands him in great stead. Harry said he just cruises there and ends up idling in front. The faster they go, the more he can get a tow into the race.
“John (Hales, owner) has always wanted him to be a Gold Cup horse. I just thought at Haydock last season and at Cheltenham we were riding him wrong and doing the wrong thing.
“That’s why I said we will go to back to two at Aintree and we were unlucky that day.
“I said to Josh (Moore, on Ar Mad) ‘thanks for doing that to perfection’. The faster they go the better for him. I suspect we will go to Ascot (for the Clarence House Chase) now at the end of January then on to Cheltenham.”
Hales, who has owned other top two-milers such as One Man and Azertyuiop but never won the Tingle Creek, said: “It is a wonderful win.
“I’m absolutely delighted so it is onwards and upwards now. He is only a six-year-old. I thought we had a chance.
“I thought if we win this today, we’ve beaten a really good horse. It is a pity Douvan didn’t come or Altior wasn’t fit because I like to compete against the best and we don’t duck anybody. But he beat a very good horse and all credit to him.
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“He is just coming into his own now. He slowed down the pace after the Railway fences, then he went after the Pond fence and he never looked from there as if he was going to be beaten.”
Colin Tizzard said of the beaten favourite: “As Robbie said, he missed the first a bit and was just chasing them and we never got there – it was as simple as that. I would say we will be stepping up in trip now. We’ve always been talking about doing it.
“Whether he is a Ryanair horse or a King George horse, that is not to think about at this minute as I don’t know. He ran on and at two out, you thought he was still going to have a pretty good chance.
“He got in a bit tight at the last and Paul Nicholls’ runner was away. It was only half a length but he never got there.
“I am sure if the race was run again and he pinged the first he would have been right up there. There were no excuses, he was beaten by a better horse on the day.”
Earlier on the card, Sceau Royal caused a minor surprise in a high-class renewal of the randoxhealth Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown.
Alan King’s five-year-old tanked his way through the race under Daryl Jacob and shot clear up the straight, beating North Hill Harvey by 11 lengths.
Brain Power may have been booked for the runner-up spot had he not unseated David Mullins at the last, whilst the major disappointment of the race was Finian’s Oscar, who never had the pace to challenge and was beaten a long way from home.
Jacob told ITV Racing: “This lad was awesome today, he pinged his fences.
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“I got there too soon and had to take a pull, he loved it.
“We’ve done the same with this lad as we did with Top Notch, we’ve brought him along slowly, and it’s paying off.”
King said: “He looked awfully good today. He was in great form coming here but I’d always said to Daryl he’s probably 6lb or 7lb shy of the very top, but fences look to have pulled that out of him.
“We were giving weight to North Hill Harvey at Cheltenham, so we were entitled to turn it round and he got a lot of confidence from his win at Warwick (two-runner race).
“They were always going to go a pace, but he was taking a pull almost all the race. Even at the second last I was like ‘wait, wait’ but he has seen the hill out very well. He has been slick from day one. From Warwick on his debut, he has been very good.
“I will speak to Anthony (Bromley, owner’s racing manager) but I wouldn’t mind if he went straight to the Arkle. We will see. There might be one run or something but we will leave him alone a bit for now.”
Colin Tizzard indicated Finian’s Oscar would now be upped in trip: “We have learnt a lot today. He is not going to be running over two miles again, that’s for sure.
“We could have easily waited for next weekend at Cheltenham. We have had two novice chases now where he has just hacked round and jumped adequately and he has been the best horse in the race.
“We just wanted to make him into a racehorse going up in class and jumping fast. It was blatantly obvious to see he was not up to this pace.”