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Cracking line up for the Tingle Creek Christmas Festival!

Sprinter Sacre & Sanctuaire on the gallops Sprinter Sacre & Sanctuaire on the gallops

Two of the country’s leading chasers will be taking each other on in this Saturday’s Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase this Saturday 8th December.

Sprinter Sacre and Sanctuaire go head to head in one of the jump’s season most prestigious races, which always attracts the best two mile chasers in the country and this year is no exception! Nicky Henderson’s Sprinter Sacre was unbeaten last season, notching up five consecutive wins, including the Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival in March. However, Sanctuaire, who is the highest rated novice chaser Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls has ever trained, shocked racing fans at Sandown Park in April by putting up a masterful performance when winning the bet365.com Celebration Chase.

The Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase is the climax to a two day extravaganza of jump racing which starts on Friday 7th December, with the first race at 12:50pm. There are six races on the Friday and seven on Saturday, including the Markel Insurance Henry VIII Novices’ Steeplechase, where Donald McCain’s Overturn, who won his chase debut at Sandown Park last month, may be making the journey south again to run in. However, Nicky Henderson’s Captain Conan, who won the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial on his chasing debut at Cheltenham last month, is also entered in the two mile contest for novices.

On Saturday, racegoers at Sandown Park will be treated to a rare glimpse of racing legend, Kauto Star, as he parades before the Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase. The recently retired dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, who also notched up a couple of Tingle Creek Chase wins in 2005 and 2006, will parade before racing in the paddock at 11.45am and then again before the Tingle Creek Chase as he leads the runners into the parade ring.

Whilst the action is taking place on the racecourse, there is plenty of entertainment to keep the whole family amused with pantomimes going on throughout the afternoon, Santa in his Grotto and book signings from Children’s authors Ian Whybrow and Linda Chapman. 

The ever popular Horse and Sleigh rides are back again, transporting racegoers from Esher Train Station to the racecourse and there is a chance to do some Christmas shopping at the Hi-Life Christmas Show – the perfect opportunity for a ‘one stop’ Christmas shop.

As ever, Children under 18 enjoy free entry (accompanied by an adult) and there is a complimentary crèche available during the day.

London Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, Rupert Trevelyan commented:  “I am hugely excited about this year’s Tingle Creek Christmas Festival. It is not only thrilling to have two of Britain’s leading chasers going head to head in the Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase but we have a feast of entertainment going on over the two days which cater for the whole family.”