Tingle Creek Chase: Jonbon has five to beat
Jonbon is the 2/7 favourite in Coral’s Tingle Creek Chase betting odds after the entries for Saturday’s Grade One at Sandown were confirmed.
Jonbon made a winning return to action last month when sauntering clear to take the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham and is now long odds-on to make it two out of two this season.
His biggest challenger, according to the Tingle Creek Chase betting, is Henry de Bromhead’s ultra-consistent Captain Guinness who is 9/2 to secure a breakthrough Grade One victory when the pair renew rivalries.
It will be the second time the pair have clashed on the racetrack, with Jonbon coming home a three and three-quarter length winner the last time the two met over course and distance back in April in the Bet365 Celebration Chase.
Since that contest, Captain Guinness has registered back-to-back victories in the Fortria Chase at Navan and while Jonbon is four pounds clear on official ratings, De Bromhead is looking forward to the clash between the pair in the prestigious two-mile contest, which he previously won back in 2011 with Sizing Europe.
He said: “Captain Guinness is in good form but Jonbon was impressive the other day at Cheltenham. However, we will go over there and take our chance, although I’m sure there will be plenty of other good horses in the race as well.
“He ran really well behind Jonbon at the end of last season. If we do decide to change anything (to try and get closer to Jonbon) we will be keeping those cards close to our chest.
“It would be great to see him win a Grade One sometime. All he needs to do now is get one at the top level on his CV.”
As for the gelded son of Arakan’s last time out victory, the Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer believes it was an all-round solid display with no one aspect standing out.
De Bromhead added: “We were delighted with his comeback at Navan. He looked really well and was in great form.
“He jumped great and travelled really well. I thought everything he did was good and we were all very happy.”
Although Captain Guinness might have only tasted victory once last season, the Knockeen handler was pleased with how the campaign panned out given the manner of the eight-year-old’s efforts in defeat.
He added: “He might have only won one race last season but we were delighted how the campaign went.
“He was second in the Champion Chase and second in the Celebration Chase at Sandown and second in the Grade One at Leopardstown over Christmas so you can only be delighted.
“Obviously you would love to be winning these races but he is so consistent which is brilliant.
“He might be overlooked by some but he is certainly not forgotten by us. We love having him around as he is a good consistent horse.”
There are six runners in the 2023 Tingle Creek Chase, with Edwardstone, Boothill, Haddex Des Obeaux and Nube Negra completing the list.
Coral’s Lewis Knowles said: “Jonbon put in a scintillating round of jumping in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham last month and a similar performance at Sandown is going to make him extremely hard to beat.
“He’s 2/7 to win his fifth Grade One this weekend but Captain Guinness and Edwardstone are certainly capable of giving him a race if putting their best foot forward.”
2023 Tingle Creek Chase betting odds
9/2 Captain Guinness
20/1 Haddex Des Obeaux
25/1 Nube Negra
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