Can Willie Mullins win his second Tingle Creek?

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Willie Mullins trained the winner of the Tingle Creek Chase just once. That was six years ago, but on December 3 he will be hoping that Energumene can give him his second win at Sandown.

It has already been a big year for the eight-year-old, who was successful in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Cheltenham Festival. He is favorite to win at Tingle Creek in December and then return to Cheltenham next March to win the Race of Champions.

Tingle Creek runs a short distance from the Cheltenham race. With Energumene, Shishkin will have a good Cheltenham showing, although he is up against Edwardston and 2021 Tingle Creek winner Greaneteen.

Energumene was beaten only once, and it was Shishkin who beat him. This happened in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot earlier this year. His rival beat him by a length, but this one ran a further distance from Tingle Creek. Energumene led by two lengths at the final fence, but Shishkin rallied to win by a length.

They met again Queen Mother Champion Chase Favorite with swollen. Gamblers were in for a huge shock as Shishkin just couldn’t get going and pulled up long before the finish. Energumene prevailed, but will a rematch at Tingle Creek see Shishkin return to form and present a tougher challenge?

Mullins usually has more than one strong opponent in the big races. Chacun Pour Soi is also at stake for Tingle Creek. He is now 10 years old and the last Tingle Creek winner at this age was the magnificent Moscow Flyer in 2004.

Chacun Pour Soi was the odds-on favorite to win this race last year, as predicted by the New York bookmakers. Anyone who supported him probably knew his fate early on. Chacun Pour Soi was never in contention and finished last, 34 lengths from the winner.

65 days later, he won the Grade 1 Dublin Chase at Leopardstown. The next two runs did not go well, although Chacun Pour Soi led her rider five fences from home in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

His season ended with another defeat to Energumene in the Champion Chase at Punchestown, second but eight and a half lengths behind the winner. Can he regain form at Tingle Creek?

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Ferny Hollow is another of the Mullins yard scheduled to run at Tingle Creek. In March 2020 this runner won the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival. His steeplechasing career began and ended with a victory over Bob Olinger. After 380 days off the track, he returned in the Novice Chase.

This race was won and three weeks later the Grade 1 Novices’ Chase at Leopardstown in December 2021. Ferny Hollow was favorite for Arkle at this year’s Cheltenham Festival but was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. He’s an interesting candidate here if he lines up for Tingle Creek, but is more of an all-rounder.

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