Politologue, successful in 2017, has already come up against Defi Du Seuil once this season in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham.
On that occasion Philip Hobbs’ younger rival quickened up smartly to win, but this time around Paul Nicholls’ grey will be 3lb better off and the champion trainer is hoping that will be enough – with the aid of a run under his belt – to enable him to turn the tables.
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“A faster run race would have suited us last time, but there were no excuses as it was our first run of the season,” said Nicholls.
“He was beaten by a very good horse, but it will be interesting to see what happens on Saturday.
“We are hoping Un De Sceaux might come over and go a very good gallop. Politologue is all ready to go though.”
Nicholls, has also entered Dolos, seems likely to get his wish as Un De Sceaux, despite rising 12, is apparently showing all his old exuberance on the gallops as he prepares for his third run in the race, having won in 2016 and finished second to Altior 12 months ago.
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Patrick Mullins, assistant trainer to his father, Willie, said on Monday afternoon: "The plan at the moment is for Un De Sceaux to run in Saturday's Betfair Tingle Creek Chase.
"He retains all of his old enthusiasm and we couldn't be happier with him. Hopefully, he can run another big race on Saturday."
Nicky Henderson has entered Janika after he made a stylish winning return to action in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter, while in the same Simon Munir and Isaac Souede ownership is Alan King’s Sceau Royal, who ran such a good race in the Champion Chase last season.
Ruth Jefferson has given Waiting Patiently the option and Henry de Bromhead’s Ornua could also make the journey from Ireland.
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"Sandown suits him well... so looking forward to a rematch" Paul Nicholls pic.twitter.com/7k1a7mVkc2
Betfair Spokesman, Barry Orr, said: "Defi Du Seuil announced himself as a two-mile chaser of immense potential with a nice win from Politologue in the Shloer Chase and he is clear favourite at 13-8 with Betfair.
"But as a previous winner of the race and on 3lb better terms, all the money has been for Politologue, with punters backing him to turn the Shloer form around and land Paul Nicholls an 11th win in the race."
Also on the card is the Grade One Read Road To Cheltenham At racingtv.com Henry VIII Novices’ Chase, but missing from the anticipated field is Olly Murphy’s Brewin’upastorm.
Murphy tweeted: “Unfortunately Brewin’upastorm will miss his intended target @Sandownpark this weekend due to a small setback.”
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Dan Skelton is responsible for three of the eight novices in Nube Negra, Beakstown and the mare Maire Banrigh.
Nicholls could run Grand Sancy with Tom George’s Summerville Boy a possible along with Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Torpillo.
Esprit Du Large and Return Ticket complete the list.
The seven-race programme at Sandown runs from 12.15pm through to 3.35pm and also features the £50,000 Betfair London National Handicap Chase (3.35pm, 23 entries) over an extended three and a half miles.
The Betfair Tingle Creek Festival kicks off on Friday, with a six-race programme running from 12.45pm through to 3.30pm.
Betfair Tingle Creek - sponsor bets: 13-8 Defi Du Seuil, 100-30 Un De Sceaux, 11-2 Politologue, 6-1 Sceau Royal, 7-1 Waiting Patiently, 8-1 Janika, 16-1 Dolos, 33-1 Ornua.
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