Tingle Creek cracker on the cards ahead of the return of Honeysuckle’s Hatton’s Grace | Horse racing news

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Greaneteen: Win the Haldon Gold Cup, but can he strike again in Tingle Creek?

Greaneteen: Win the Haldon Gold Cup, but can he strike again in Tingle Creek?

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By Lola Katz Roberts


With the exception of Saturday night’s Wolverhampton card, which was limited to riders who rode fewer than 30 winners in 2021, there was an absence of all-weather racing in Britain for just over a week as the season took a short break

However, Monday’s action ramps up in all weathers with an afternoon card at Kempton, shown by the Listed Hyde Stakes (5.15). It features just five runners but includes three late-time winners and Cash, last seen finishing second to subsequent Irish Derby winner Westover at Sandown.

There are also afternoon jumps from Catterick and evening all-weather races at Wolverhampton.

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Cash (left) returns on Monday.  He was last seen finishing behind Westover in April

Cash (left) returns on Monday. He was last seen finishing behind Westover in April

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A full day of five dates across the UK and Ireland.

The peak of the action is likely to be at Punchestown where seven runners go to post in the William Hill Epic Value Hurdle (1.55). There are runners from the strong yards of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott, but Chester Cup winner Falcon Eight is the class act.

It’s an early all-weather start at Lingfield – the first race starts at 11.40am – with other fixtures at Wolverhampton (Flat), Ayr and Southwell (both jumps).


Another day, five more meetings and another prominent role for all-weather matches. Lingfield’s afternoon book is supplemented by evening dates at Dundalk and Kempton. The latter has Listed action in the Unibet Wild Flower Stakes (7.50) and Godolphin could be well represented by Siskany and Wild Crusade. Berkshire Rocco, a runner-up in the 2020 St Leger, could also be involved.

Henry Daly had eight winners in November and could have as many as six runners at Ludlow on Wednesday.

The other jumps found at Haydock could be full of quality. Familiar names such as Blaklion and Cheltenham Festival winners Chambard and Coo Star Sivola are among the veterans’ chase qualifier (3.07), while Ballygrifincottage fourth Albert Bartlett could make his debut over fences earlier (2.07).

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Blaklion: The popular veteran could be in action on Wednesday

Blaklion: The popular veteran could be in action on Wednesday

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December kicks off with action at Wincanton, Leicester, Market Rasen, Thurles and Chelmsford, although a lot of off-course attention will be on Saturday’s declarations and Tingle Creek in particular.

The jumping highlight is the Listed Equuip Foal To RACE Transition Year Program Chase in Ireland (1.32). Mullins and Elliott dominate the entries with nine of the 14 runners between them, but the Gavin Cromwell-trained Vanillier and Darasso of the Joseph O’Brien stable add more depth to the contest.

The Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle (2.20) is the feature event of the day at Sandown, a Grade 2 over two and a half miles. Paul Nicholls has Henri The Second and Knowsley Road, while Maximilian, Man At Work and Chianti Classico could all be involved.

Newbury non-runner Gelino Bello could be in action at Exeter and there are also meetings at Sedgefield, Newcastle and Dundalk.

The Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (2.55) is a real highlight of the winter and promises to be a thriller again if all the main protagonists turn up.

Greaneteen produced a career-best performance in the Racing Post Ratings last time out and won three classifications at Sandown, but Shishkin would be a strong test if he turns up. Last season’s Arkle winner Edwardstone would add even more spice to the race.

The Sandown card also includes the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novice Chase (1.45).

Up at Aintree, the BoyleSports Becher Handicap Chase (2.05) takes center stage over National fences, while the Many Clouds Chase (1.30) is an excellent undercard act.

There will also be races at Fairyhouse, Chepstow, Wetherby and Wolverhampton.

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Honeysuckle: Set to bid for a fourth Hatton's Grace Hurdle

Honeysuckle: Set to bid for a fourth Hatton’s Grace Hurdle

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