Politologue pips Fox Norton to victory in Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown

• Harry Cobden ensures 10th Tingle Creek success for trainer Paul Nicholls
• Beaten favourite ridden by Joshua Moore finishes second while Ar Mad third

For the 10th time in the last 19 years, Paul Nicholls walked in with the Tingle Creek Chase winner here on Saturday, and the former champion trainer did so abuzz with the knowledge that Politologue is the sort of horse that could make him the current champion trainer once again.

This was Nicholls’s first win in an open Grade One chase since February 2016, and it came at the expense of the 8-13 favourite, Fox Norton, who chased Politologue all the way up the hill without ever threatening to overhaul him. A slow jump at the first had left Fox Norton further off the pace than Robbie Power, his rider, would have liked, while Harry Cobden, on the winner, was able to cruise along in the slipstream of the front-running Ar Mad, but Colin Tizzard, Fox Norton’s trainer, feels that two miles is now too short for him and a step up in trip, perhaps in the three-mile King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, seems likely.

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