Douvan is a noticeable absentee from Saturday's Betfair-sponsored Tingle Creek Chase but it's his stablemate Un De Sceaux that heads a classy six-strong field after today's final declarations...
To win the Tingle Creek;
NRNB - 1/4 Odds, 2 Places
*odds correct as of 11:45 Thursday 1 December
A field of six runners has been declared for Saturday's Betfair-sponsored Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown, headed by the Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux though stablemate Douvan - the subject of some intense market activity in midweek - will not run.
Betfair Spokesman Barry Orr commented today, "Final declarations have ended the Ante-Post uncertainty and with Douvan not declared it's his stablemate, Un De Sceaux, who heads an ultra-competitive market at 15/8"
Of the Gary Moore duo, preference is just for the front-running Ar Mad at 10/3."
Un De Sceaux had won a remarkable 14 consecutive races (when completing) before losing nothing in defeat when finishing second to the now retired Sprintre Scare in last year's Champion Chase, form that gives the eight-year-old an outstanding chance in Saturday's two mile showpiece.
Moore will saddle two of the market principles with Ar Mad just marginally preferred to 7/2 chance Sire De Grugy. The six-year-old enjoyed a breathtaking Novice campaign last season before injury ended all hope of a Cheltenham Festival appearance.
And with former Champion Chaser Sire De Grugy returning to form at Ascot last month, Moore looks to have a strong hand to play on Saturday.
The Tom George-trained God's Own, who lowered the colours of the brilliant Vautour - sadly no longer with us - in last season's Champion Chase at Punchestown also looks to have solid claims and is rated a 10/3 chance by the sponsors, who are now betting Non Runner No Bet.
Vibrato Valtat (16/1) and Sir Valentino (50/1) complete the six-strong line-up.