National Hunt racing fans are in for a treat this weekend as the much-heralded Tingle Creek Chase takes place at Sandown Park. The two miler has seen some truly great winners in the past, including the likes of Kauto Star and Moscow Flyer, and many had hoped this year’s renewal would see an explosive showdown between the previous two winners, Sprinter Sacre and Sire de Grugy. Alas neither will be making an appearance as both have struggled with ill health, but there are plenty of runners who are ready and willing to step up to the mark in the Grade 1 event.
Leading the betting at the time of writing is the 2/1 shot Balder Succes who earned a hat-trick of victories at the back of last season and who has 10 wins to his name in total. There are concerns for us about the six-year-old, however, as he failed to make an impression when running at Sandown this time last year and has also been beaten in his last two races by God’s Own, who also raced here and is priced at double the odds of the favourite.
Indeed, the Tom George-trained God’s Own is sure to tempt some punters after his back to back triumphs, but he is liable to the odd blunder that could cost him dear in this one and we prefer to look a little further down the field. Namely to the much-respected nine-year-old from the Nicky Henderson stable, Oscar Whisky.
With 16 victories in his illustrious career (so far), Oscar Whisky is a force to be reckoned with. He is another who posted a hat-trick of wins last season, including one at Sandown in February. Though he’s often just missed out when competing in the biggest races, we fancy that odds of 7/1 for him to do the business here look too good to turn down.
Of course, if you are not 100% convinced by Oscar Whisky’s chances, you might be interested in the latest betting offer from BetVictor which will give you a refund of your stake on win single bets if your horse finishes second. The refund would be up to a maximum of £20 and would be credited in the form of a free bet within 24 hours of the completion of the race. You would then have 30 days in which to use the free bet, after which it would expire.
Backing Oscar Whisky with BetVictor to take advantage of their insurance policy of a betting offer could be a prudent move, and we’ll certainly be putting our money where our mouth is on this one for what will hopefully turn into a very tasty profit.