Jonbon Secures Victory in Tingle Creek
Jonbon emerged victorious in the Betfair Tingle Creek at Sandown, but his performance did not leave El Fabiolo trembling in fear. Despite being the favorite with odds of 3-10, Jonbon had to work harder than expected to overcome front-runner Haddex Des Obeaux. The race was by no means a vintage Tingle Creek, but Jonbon managed to add another win to his name.
Champion Chase Prospects
Although Jonbon's victory solidified his position as a top contender, there are still doubts about his suitability for the Champion Chase. Some spectators believe he needs to show more in future races, especially considering his preference for a firmer surface. Nevertheless, bookies have left his odds unchanged at 5-2 for the Champion Chase in March.
Henderson's Cautious Approach
Trainer Nicky Henderson faced criticism earlier in the day for withdrawing Constitution Hill and Shishkin from the Fighting Fifth due to the testing conditions at Sandown. However, Jonbon's owner, JP McManus, encouraged him to run the horse, and it proved to be a wise decision.
All Eyes on El Fabiolo
Attention now turns to Willie Mullins' hot favorite, El Fabiolo, who will be competing at Cork this afternoon. Henderson believes that a better ground will bring out the best in Jonbon, but he is eager to see how El Fabiolo performs.
Edwardstone Takes Second Place
Edwardstone finished in second place, rallying after a mistake down the back. Trainer Alan King expressed pride in the horse's performance, despite the setback.
Surprise Victories in Other Races
In other races at Sandown, Le Patron, trained by Gary Moore, caused a 16-1 upset in the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices' Chase, leading from start to finish. Not So Sleepy, the outsider of the field at 9-1, galloped to an easy win in the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle, proving that age is just a number.