Sceaux lands Tingle thriller

Un De Sceaux just edged out dual winner Sire De Grugy in an epic finish to the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown.

Un De Sceaux ridden by Ruby Walsh clears an early fence before going on to win the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase

The pair had the race between them from five out after Sire De Grugy's stablemate Ar Mad had set a strong early pace.

Ruby Walsh took the bull by the horns on Willie Mullins' eight-year-old, but he was immediately challenged by Sire De Grugy and that was the signal for the talented duo to serve up a finish to remember.

Un De Sceaux (5/4 favourite) may not have jumped the last two fences smoothly but he kept finding and held Jamie Moore on the Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy by a length.

God's Own kept on well for third, with Ar Mad fourth.

Walsh said: "It's a great race to be part of and I've ridden some wonderful horses in it, I've been very lucky.

"Being the champion that he is, Sire De Grugy served it up to us, I got back on top going to the last and when I got hold of him he started to rally all the way to the line, and he's won over further.

"This horse wears his heart on his sleeve, he just has that natural will to win.

"It's brilliant. He's a pleasure to ride."

Sky Bet left the winner unchanged at 10/1 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase and 12/1 for the Ryanair Chase and representative Michael Shinners said: "In a tremendous finish Un De Sceaux won despite making mistakes at the last two fences. We left him unchanged at 10/1 for the Queen Mother and 12/1 for the Ryanair and it will be interesting to see if his trainer decides to step him up in distance."

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