Politologue looking pleased with himself after this year’s renewal.
The Tingle Creek was just as we wanted. A thrilling, fast-paced spectacle with a winner who looks like one to watch for the future. It was a wonderful race but tinged with sadness after the death of Sir Valentino. The winner, Politologue, was trained by Paul Nicholls, taking his tally of wins in the race to ten.
1999- Flagship Uberalles
Flagship Uberallas is the only three time winner of the race. The son of Accordian won the races in the care of three trainers. Throughout his career, he was trained by 5 different trainers and owned by three different people. He had fifteen starts for Paul and during his spell at Dicheat, he won the Arkle at Cheltenham as well as the Tingle Creek under Joe Tizzard. He moved from Paul’s after being pulled up in April 2000. He reappeared and won the Tingle Creek for Noel Chance.
Cenkos came to Paul’s yard in 2001 from Oliver Sherwood and won on debut for the Champion trainer. He won the Queen Mother Celebration Chase at Sandown after a long spell of forths at the end of the 2001/2002 season. He followed that up with returning in the Tingle Creek, winning by 14 lengths under Ruby Walsh. He won the Celebration Chase again and the final win of his career was at Warwick, a course of which he was a specialist.
2005 & 2006- Kauto Star
Arguably, the greatest chaser ever Kauto Star won this race twice consecutively in 2005 and 2006. At the time of his win in 2005, he was only the second horse to win the race as a five year old after a previous Ditcheat inhabitant Flagship Uberalles since then two other horses have won aged five. He won the race for a second time the next year by one and a half lengths under Ruby Walsh. In his career, he won the Betfair Chase four times, the Cheltenham Gold Cup twice, the King George five times and the Champion Chase twice.
2007 & 2009- Twist Magic
Twist Magic contested the Tingle Creek on three occasions. In 2007, he won by three lengths under Sam Thomas. The next year, he fell at the second last when close to the leader, Master Minded. His second victory came in 2009 and was his best out of the two. He was unchallenged after the second last and won by fifteen lengths. In his career, he won the Maghull Novices’ Chase, Punchestown Champion Chase, Celebration Chase and the Victor Chandler Chase. Twist Magic was put down after falling in the rearranged Peterborough Chase at Newbury in 2010.
2008 & 2010- Master Minded
In 2009, Paul Nicholls said in an interview that this horse was the best he’d ever trained and probably will ever, which is high praise indeed considering that he trained the likes of Kauto Star and Denman. In the previous year, Master Minded won the Game Spirit, Tingle Creek and Queen Mother Champion Chase. He won the Tingle Creek under multiple times champion jockey A P McCoy by ten lengths. The loveable bay followed up his success in the Queen Mother in 2009 when he won it again. In 2010, he won the Tingle Creek by eight lengths under Noel Fehily.
2014- Dodging Bullets
Dodging Bullets was bred by Frankie Dettori and had a bit more of a flat pedigree than a jumps one, being by Dubawi and out of an unraced daughter of Northern Trick, who won the Prix Vermeille and was one of the highest rated three year old fillies in 1984. He didn’t show much on the flat and was moved over from Ireland to England where he was trained by Paul. As a hurdler, he won the Sharp Novices’ Hurdle and as a chaser, he won the Tingle Creek as a six year old under Sam Twiston-Davies. Also, he won the Clarence House beating Sprinter Sacre and the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
This years renewal was won by Politologue. The gorgeous grey won his chase debut last season and came into the race with a good chance after winning the Haldon Gold Cup under Sam Twiston-Davies. For the Tingle Creek, Sam was out injured so second jockey Harry Cobden stepped up and rode Politologue brilliantly. In second place was Fox Norton the short priced favourite. The Queen Mother Champion Chase looks a good long term aim for him.