Horse Racing

Harry Skelton hoping Champion Chase winner Politologue can upset Altior in the Betfair Tingle Creek

TOP jockey Harry Skelton can’t wait to get back aboard Champion Chase winner Politologue on Saturday.

The Paul Nicholls-trainey grey is set to take on Altior and rising star Greaneteen in the Grade 1 Betfair Tingle Creek at Sandown.

Skelton guided Politologue to victory in the Champion Chase in March

The nine-year-old won the Tingle Creek back in 2017 but bombed out behind Defi Du Seuil 12 months ago.

He bounced back later in the season and caused a 6-1 upset in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March.

This will be his first start since then, but he has a good record fresh and his rider reckons he has a leading chance.

Skelton said: “I’ve had a sit on him, and he feels in great form.

“Paul is very happy with him, and that is the main thing. If he is happy then I’m happy.

“He gave me a day I will never forget, and I’m now just really looking forward to getting back on him.

“He blew out there a little bit last year, but I think Paul is much happier with him this time round.

“The defeat in last year’s race doesn’t play on my mind, because he feels great to me – and we know he goes well fresh.”

Politologue has yet to get the better of Altior in their three previous clashes – but Skelton is looking forward to the challenge.

He added: “We are taking on Altior – but when you are running in Grade One races you expect hot competition.

“It’s going to be a good race, and hopefully all the key players turn up.”

Altior heads the betting at 4-5 with the big-race sponsors Betfair, with Politologue a 5-1 shot behind his exciting young stablemate Greaneteen (4-1).

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